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The Earls Count - Community Fund logo

The Earls Court Community Fund

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Earls Court Community Fund (ECCF).

The Fund aims to support the local community in and around the Earls Court site, in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. It will focus on offering grants to charities and community organisations, to deliver projects and to ensure local groups can continue to provide longer term support for the community.

The total value of the Earls Court Community Fund is £180,000 per year. Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £15,000 for projects taking place for up to 12-months to deliver community activities supporting local residents to engage with their neighbours and build community connections, improve their health and wellbeing or to support young people’s personal development, education and training.

Since acquiring the Earls Court site in 2019, ECDC has committed to making a positive contribution to the local community. The fund will build upon the help ECDC has provided to the community to date which includes supporting Dads House, Solidarity Sports and Earls Court Film Festival.

To be eligible to apply to the Community Fund organisations must meet the following points:

• Be a not-for-profit organisation that is formally constituted (have a signed governing document in the organisation’s name).

• Have good financial management procedures, including a record of income and expenditure.

• Have a bank account set up in the organisation’s name, with at least two unrelated cheque signatories.

• Be connected with and meeting the needs of the local community in and around the Earls Court site – specifically the Earls Court Opportunity Area

• Delivering activities that either take place within the Earls Court Opportunity Area, or activities that directly benefit people who live, work or study in the area.

For more information about the Community Fund and the application process please click here for the guidelines.

To ensure the community can be part of the process of awarding funding, local people are encouraged to apply to join the selection panel which will review and decide on the applications. This is an interesting and exciting volunteer role which helps the Earls Court Community Fund invest in effective projects to support the local community. You will be playing an important part of supporting the Earls Court community and will help us to make sure the Community Fund is transparent and accountable to the communities we serve.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant please click here for the online application form.

The Earls Court Community Fund is now open for applications. You can apply at any time, but you must submit your application by the deadline which is 5pm on Monday 2nd August 2021.

If your application is successful, you must be able to spend the money within 12-months of the grant being awarded.

You will need to keep and provide the following;
• Financial records of how the grant is spent, including receipts and invoices
• Records and evidence of the identified outputs e.g. number of people benefiting, number of sessions, records of attendance etc.
• Records of the identified outcomes e.g. the difference the project has made to participants, participant feedback, staff observations, external reports from partners
• Photographs of the project activities (if appropriate)
• A case story from one participant including quotes of how the project has supported them

Applications to be a Volunteer Member of the Grants Panel that awards funding from the ECCF are also now open until 5pm on Monday 26 July 2021. For more information, including how to apply, please click here.

If you have any questions on the Community Fund or would like support with your application please contact The Earls Court Development Company Team on info@earlscourtcommunityfund.com

Applications to the Community Fund have now closed. If you applied for a grant you'll receive your outcome in early October. Thank you to those that applied, we received a very large request.

 

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