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The Neighbourhood Keepers programme

Read about this community initiative, developed by working groups in the context of the Church Street regeneration.

Published on: 31 December 2020

Last updated: 31 December 2020

What we fund

We will fund positive activities that address health, wellbeing and the environment.

These could be activities that have a direct public benefit for residents of the Church Street ward and Paddington Green estate. They are to be delivered free of charge. Examples of the activities that can be funded include:

  • sports activities and/or health and wellbeing workshops
  • healthy cooking sessions and/or nutrition workshops
  • gardening sessions, seed banks, edible planting and wildlife hubs
  • food waste recycling and environmental awareness
  • clubs for adults, young adults and/or children

If you plan activities for children or vulnerable adults, your staff or volunteers must have a valid DBS check of less than 3 years old.

You can apply for up to £20,000 per project, although we think the average award will be around £10,000. Projects applying for the maximum amount should run for at least 1 year. The minimum amount of funding you can apply for is £200.

We reserve the right to offer part-funding to some projects, if the assessment panel feel it is in the best interest of the programme’s aims.

Organisations currently funded through the scheme can reapply through the website.

We can help 

We will support: 

  • project activities
  • competitively priced equipment and materials relating to the activity being delivered up to £150 (if you expect your equipment or material costs to be more than this amount, we can’t guarantee this will be funded)
  • insurance and DBS certificate costs
  • administration and staff costs for management, planning and delivery of the project
  • venue hire 
  • licensing, event notices and road closure costs (it will strengthen your application to have relevant permissions in place when you apply, but it isn't required)
  • publicity and marketing costs
  • costs for training volunteers and volunteer expenses (e.g. travel expenses)
  • costs to make the activity more accessible to participants

Equipment may be purchased on condition that is used by the beneficiaries. It will remain with the beneficiary group or organisation once the project has ended, for its continuous use by said groups. This must be agreed with the fund manager prior to purchase (a valid original receipt of purchase will be required).

All equipment purchased through the Neighbourhood Keepers programme is wholly owned by Westminster City Council.