Merton Council’s Civic Pride – Investing in Neighbourhoods Fund and the Community Climate Action Fund open for bids today.
The £750,000 Neighbourhoods Fund is to support projects which address demands placed on communities by new development, such as housing.
Meanwhile, the Community Climate Action Fund will be launching for the first time, inviting proposals from Merton residents and community organisations to tackle climate change in the borough. The fund will have a bidding round every year for the next three years, with approximately £166,000 of funding available each year.
Further detail about the funds can be found by visiting: www.merton.gov.uk/civicprideandclimate – which contains the key steps, assessment criteria, a link to online bidding form and all information requirements for bidders to develop their proposal.
The funds will close on Wednesday 1 November.
Councillor Natasha Irons, Cabinet Member for Local Environment, Climate Change and Green Spaces said: “We are delighted that our Investing in Neighbourhoods Fund and the Community Climate Action Fund are now open for bids. We can’t wait to see the ambitious bids submitted by residents and organisations to help build a better Merton together.”
Councillor Eleanor Stringer, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride added: “Working with the community to find solutions to the challenges that we face is a great way to create civic pride, help create a Borough of Sport and deliver a sustainable future. Uptown Youth, many of our wonderful parks, Merton Garden Streets, and Energy Matters have each benefited from Civic Pride Fund – Investing in Neighbourhoods funding and are great examples of how local initiatives can make a real difference.”
To see the impact that Council funding is having across the borough, take a look at our promotional videos with Merton Garden Streets, Energy Matters and Uptown Youth Services. You can also find out more about some previous projects which have received support by visiting: Civic Pride Funds : Investing in Neighbourhoods | Merton Council.
Notes to editors:
- There is one application form for both funds to make the process as streamlined as possible for residents, community groups and organisations
- These funds are separate to the “Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector Fund”, which is open for bids every three years. The last bidding round was in 2022
- Merton’s Community Climate Action Fund will be worth £500,000 over three years (approximately £166,000 per year) and will be open for bids led by the community, not council projects. This is the first year of this fund
- Merton’s Civic Pride Fund – Investing in Neighbourhoods fund will be worth approximately £750,000. Merton Council’s website www.merton.gov.uk/civic-pride/neighbourhood hosts information on previous projects supported by this fund
- Please see www.merton.gov.uk/climatechange for more information on Merton’s Climate Strategy and Action Plan, and progress against the projects delivering it set out in annual Climate Delivery Plans.