We (Jaywick Sands Community Forum) have been working with Ruth Stephens and Jessica Leonard from the Big Lottery Fund on an idea to benefit the community in our area. There are lots of ideas from residents and community that would benefit people in Jaywick, but they are often not from larger organisations. They come from real people doing great things locally. We are going to run a small funding scheme that would allow these ideas to be funded quickly (to capture the enthusiasm of the community) and easily, and enable people to make their ideas happen. Good ideas will be ones that improve people’s happiness, health and wellbeing, bring people together, improve the local area, and encourage people to be active in and proud of their community.
The aim is to support Jaywick Sands residents and local informal groups through a local funding scheme, through a new pilot scheme from the lottery, capable of receiving, assessing and awarding micro-level grants between £50 and £1000 per idea and per group. Residents groups and local informal groups will be able to apply directly to the Jaywick Sands Community Forum, based on short criteria (e.g. ‘for community activity, happiness and well-being in Jaywick Sands’) and a written proposal. We also run a similar scheme with the Rank Foundation for individuals and charities. Decision-making will be by a panel which will include Jaywick Sands Community Forum, Big Lottery Fund’s Funding Manager for Essex, and an Essex County Council local authority representative. Big Lottery Fund’s Legal team have helped to develop a template agreement between Jaywick Sands Community Forum and the informal groups to be supported which will act as a constitution, if there is not one in place, to cover the group’s activity while they hold any funding they are given, which enables a pair or more of individuals to apply for funding.
We developed this idea as a result of knowing our community and residents well and listening to what they felt about getting funding for small projects or ideas. They told us they’d like to access funding easily and quickly, and were put off by forms and procedures. We feel that this project will allow us to help local people and groups build on the area’s strong community spirit and bring their ideas to life.
For further information please contact:
Jaywick Sands Community Forum