The move towards localism and community-led schemes was underlined this week with the launch of initiatives that could benefit green space projects.
Charity and social enterprise the Community Development Foundation (CDF) launched twitter campaign #afterthecuts to help local groups share their experiences of how the national and regional spending cuts have affected them and how they have adapted to survive.
CDF chief executive Alison Seabrooke said information gathered from the campaign would be used to make a case to the Government for increased investment and highlight the impact that lack of resources would have on community groups' ability to deliver the localism agenda.
"Many of the community groups are involved in green space projects that improve social cohesion and benefit mental health and well-being and there are opportunities in the Localism Bill for them in terms of community assets and community right to buy. But without resources they don't all have access to that information," she said.
Meanwhile, the London Borough of Croydon announced a £100,000 annual small grants fund aimed at encouraging community groups to take on the management of local services and publicly-owned buildings.
Groups can bid twice a year for a maximum of £5,000 and joint applications from up to three groups are eligible for up to £15,000 per bid. Priority will be given to new groups that have not previously received council funding and are bidding to permanently take on a local service. Successful applicants will receive funding for a maximum of two years while they become established.
A council spokesman said any green space projects would be eligible to bid for funding if all the requirements were met.
CROYDON FUNDING BID REQUIREMENTS
Croydon Small Grants Fund Requirements
- Group annual turnover below £30,000.
- Maximum of two staff members.
- Must be based in Croydon.
- Help communities manage local publicly-owned buildings and open spaces.
- Make the community safer or a more attractive place to live.
- Develop innovative ways of meeting locally identified needs.