Grants Awarded to 42 Community Groups

Council scheme shares out £100,000

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42 community groups in Hammersmith and Fulham are being offered a total of £100,000 worth of small grants between them under the council’s Fast Track scheme.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council says it sets aside this money to help the many voluntary and community groups that work in the borough as a mark of appreciation for the valuable work that they do in the community. Groups were invited to apply for small grants of up to £5,000.

Over 300 community groups have benefited from the Fast Track scheme since it was launched in 2006.

The list of beneficiaries includes groups as diverse as the Friends of Wendell Park, Fulham Black Community Association, H&F Pensioners Forum and Special Olympics H&F.

This year the biggest grant of £7,000 went to the Amici Dance Theatre Company, a unique company integrating able-bodied and disabled artists and performers which holds classes every Wednesday during term time at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Foundations UK, a charity based in W14 which aims to help young people look after themselves through healthy eating and exercise received £6,000 and Fulham's Brunswick Club for Young People was awarded £4,000.

Cllr Joe Carlebach, Cabinet Member for Community Care says: " Our Fast Track scheme recognises that there are many local groups in the borough who provide wonderful services but sometimes struggle to pay for particular projects or activities.

“The small grants on offer can make life for them much easier and voluntary groups will be pleased to know that we shall be accepting more applications in the near future."

In fact the council has set aside another £100,000 for voluntary and community groups, with applications accepted from July 5 until August 16.

If you are a voluntary or community organisation working in Hammersmith & Fulham, and would like to apply for a small grant between £100 and £10,000, you can request an application form by writing to: Community Investment, 4th Floor, 77 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, W6 0LJ or calling 020 8753 2487. Alternatively, you can email: cit@lbhf.gov.uk or download an application form from Fast Track Small Grants. Forms will be online from July 5.

Here is a full list of community and voluntary groups to have won Fast Track grants:

1. Active H&F Project - £3,000
2. Amici Dance Theatre Company £7,000
3. Banooda Aid Foundation £3,000
4. Beyond Boundaries £1,500
5. Bridging Arts £700
6. Capoeira MarAzul £3,500
7. Caribbean Steel International Steelband Trust  £3,000
8. Caring for Carers Association £2,000
9. College Park Residents Association (COPRA) £1,800
10. deafPLUS £2,000
11. Foundations UK £6,000
12. Friends of Wendell Park £2,000
13. Fulham Black Community Association £3,000
14. Fulham Horticultural Society £500
15. H&F Boys FC £2,000
16. H&F Older Persons Projects £1,500
17. H&F Pensioners Forum £1,000
18. H&F Westside Basketball Club £3,600
19. Hammersmith Blades (Canoe Club) £2,000
20. hfcyclists £2,500
21. Hurlingham Park Bowls Club £500
22. Kurdish Association for New Generations/Abroad (KANGA) £2,600
23. Kurdish Association (for Refugees) £2,600
24. Let's Create £3,500
25. Lillie Road Five A Side Football League £3,500
26. Original Club £3,000
27. Pro Art & Co £2,000
28. Ravenscourt Park Bowls Club £500
29. Realtime Arts £3,000
30. Senior Citizens Creative Arts & Luncheon Club £3,000
31. Special Olympics H&F £2,500
32. St Katherine's Taekwondo £2,500
33. The Brunswick Club for Young People £4,000
34. The London Children's Flower Society £500
35. The Polish Social & Cultural Association Ltd £1,500
36. The Saturday Club £2,500
37. United Reformed Church 50+ Social Club £1,000
38. Upper Room (St Saviour's with St Mary's) £3,000
39. Voice 4 Somali Community £3,000
40. White City Youth FC £1,500
41. Winnington Bowls Club £1,000
42. Women's Ink £1,200