Lots of local community groups have already benefited from Watford Borough Council’s Small Grants Fund.
The fund gives local groups the chance to apply for up to £2,000 to fund a project, community initiative or purchase a piece of equipment. Any group can apply for Small Grant Funding at www.watford.gov.uk/smallgrantsfund – so long as the funding will be used for the benefit of local people.
If you’re interested in finding out more, or applying for funding, come along to our Funding Surgery, hosted by Watford Borough Council and Watford & Three Rivers Trust at Holywell Community Centre from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday 2 November. There will be lots of organisations there to give advice on how to apply, help you write your bid, or have grants you can apply for.
Three years ago, Tom Craven launched Papermouth as a result of support from a Small Grants Fund from Watford Council. His company, a grassroots entertainment and events enterprise, has now reached its third anniversary, and he’s so grateful for the support received from the council he’s made a video to say thank you! Watch it here.
Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services, said: “It’s easy to underestimate just how many grants are available to help all sorts of community projects. We want to make it easy for people to improve the communities in which they live, and that’s why we’re holding this funding surgery. The application for our Small Grants Fund does not take long to complete so please do visit www.watford.gov.uk/smallgrantsfund to see if you’re eligible for funding. You may be pleasantly surprised!”
Tom said: “Having the funding from the council was the best thing as it enabled us to set up Papermouth properly rather than just scrape by. I don’t think we would have lasted as long as we have without the funding. The money has kept us going.”
Tom’s events, which are mostly free, feature local Watford performers. They have included stand-up comedy, cabaret, magic shows, burlesque displays and gigs – and now attract hundreds of people. You can learn more about Papermouth at www.facebook.com/papermouth, and hear his song about the funding at www.youtube.com/watfordcouncil.
Other beneficiaries of the Small Grants Fund include the Friends of Oxhey Park, Disability Recreation Unity Movement (DRUM) and the Dyson Court Social Committee for the retired.