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Grants for local projects

The fund uses money from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is a scheme that allows councils to raise money from developments to use on improving infrastructure.

A portion of the CIL collected (15%) is made available to be spent on local priorities in consultation with the community; this is known as Neighbourhood CIL or the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund.

The Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund can be spent on anything which addresses the impact of development in an area.

This could include projects which provide community facilities, environmental improvements, new play equipment, and improvements to community buildings.

Funding areas

The borough has been divided into four neighbourhood areas for the growth fund. 

Area one - Eltham and Shooters Hill (amount available £50,000)

  • Coldharbour and New Eltham
  • Eltham North
  • Eltham South
  • Eltham West
  • Middle Park and Sutcliffe
  • Shooters Hill

Area two - Blackheath and Greenwich (amount available £141,682)

  • Blackheath Westcombe
  • Peninsula
  • Greenwich West

Area three - Charlton and Woolwich (amount available £50,000)

  • Charlton
  • Kidbrooke with Hornfair
  • Woolwich Common
  • Woolwich Riverside

Area four - Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead (amount available £50,000)

  • Abbey Wood
  • Glyndon
  • Plumstead
  • Thamesmead Moorings

Public vote

The shortlisted projects - which can bid for grants to improve the impact in their area - are now online. Take a look at the projects, which range from community facilities and environmental improvements to new play areas and educational hubs.

You now get the chance to vote for your three favourite projects which you think will have the biggest impact where you live. Your vote will help decide which projects should receive funding.

  • Friends of Southwood Park / £16,178 
    Provide a tarmac path from the only existing path to the new picnic benches, which are sited under a stand of white poplar trees, for those with mobility issues and the visually impaired. The picnic benches design accommodates wheelchair users. 

    St. Mary's Eltham Community Centres Association / £12,500 
    Provide good quality free for use Wi-Fi at all five community sites, and encourage the use of the building by families, sports clubs, and members of the community. 

    Middle Park Community Centre Ltd / £12,130.45 
    Undertake essential maintenance works to the Community Centre, including improving accessibility for wheelchairs and laying gravel to improve an overgrown piece of land to the side of the hall. 

    Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (Platform Cricket) / £5,790
    Provision of cricket coaching in local schools, outdoor summer cricket training, provision of cricket summer holiday camps, winter indoor training, over a one-year programme increasing the take up of cricket by children from BAME and deprived backgrounds.

    London Legends FC / £38,453 
    Installation of containers (40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’6’’ high) to provide changing room facilities, a storage area for London Legends club use, and a café area that could potentially be opened for wider community use.  

    John Roan School Association / £40,000 
    To replace the existing pitch, which has reached the end of its life, and provide high quality pitch for use by school during week and hired by local sports groups at weekends.  

    Plumcroft Primary School / £40,000 
    Conversion/weatherproofing of an underused playground shelter to form a soundproofed space for school use during the day and available for community hire outside school hours (including self -contained entrance and accessible toilet). 

    Shrewsbury House Community Association Ltd / £45,561 
    Provide a fully accessible and safe sensory outdoor garden space for community activities, including preparing the gardens for community growing projects.  

    Shrewsbury House Community Association Ltd / £18,700 
    To install durable new multi-purpose flooring in the largest room in Shrewsbury House that will cover and protect the integrity of the listed 100-year old flooring and make it safe to use and easy to clean. The room can then be used by community groups for dance and performances. 

    Thames Tiddlers Nursery / £9,279 
    To erect a log cabin in the nursery garden to be used by children with additional needs, including those with autism, speech and language issues and/or sensory difficulties. 

  • Montessori Education for Autism / £5,617
    Erect a 6' x 6' wooden greenhouse and a 6’ x 6’ wooden potting shed to provide enhanced learning opportunities for children with autism and other disabilities. 

    Blackheath Halls £16,265 
    To provide video/audio recording, editing and online hosting equipment to be used for online events while live audiences are restricted, and to create an archive worthy of our artistic outputs. 

    Invicta Primary School / £65,000 
    The creation of a bespoke play space and cedar clad meeting room (capacity: 15 adults) to provide an outdoor library for children, music lessons, staff meetings, and a conference space for community hire. 

    Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (Platform Cricket) / £5,790
    Provision of cricket coaching in local schools, outdoor summer cricket training, provision of cricket summer holiday camps, winter indoor training, over a one-year programme increasing the take up of cricket by children from BAME and deprived backgrounds.

    Twinkle Park Trust (Charlotte Turner Gardens) / £9,504 
    Repairs/replacement of existing play equipment at Charlotte Turner Gardens, refurbishment of both the play equipment in toddlers play area and the petanque courts (to reflect local demand) and cleaning of the analemmatic sun dial. 

    Chabad of Greenwich & Docklands / £16,881 
    Purchase of a pedicycle bike and trailer. The project includes:

    • In Conjunction with ‘Cycling without Age' young adults volunteer to ride a pedicycle, with an elderly person and their carer sitting in the front; and  
    • A trailer for the bike (to transport educational materials) - available for schools and youth groups to use, to learn about Jewish holidays and encourage children to do good deeds for others. 

    G-West Community Arts / £75,000 
    To modernise the old kitchen by replacing kitchen units and appliances. A refurbished kitchen will be used to provide courses on healthy eating and cooking, and for use by marginalised community groups and potentially business start-ups. 

    The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College / £20,000 
    To create step-free access via lift alterations to a major new heritage space, the Nelson Room, and the upper level of the Painted Hall (where Nelson’s body lied in state). Displays will celebrate the central role that seafaring and the Greenwich Hospital played in the local community. 

    Talk About Art / £9,630 
    Programme that will introduce disadvantaged school children to the concept of environmental art and making a difference to their local environment through creative recycling and upcycling. The project will work with several local primary schools to produce a blog and exhibition. 

    St Alfege Park Friends (SAPF) / £78,481 
    Mortuary roof restoration (the eventual goal being to transform it into a café/or community space with public toilets); break up and removal of concrete; drinking water fountain restoration and new picnic benches. 

    Rachel McMillan Nursery School / £17,186 
    Refurbish the kitchen, family room (for outreach services) and make the garden area safe, usable and multi-functional. The project will benefit children with special needs and from disadvantaged backgrounds who use the facilities and improve the space for community events. 

    The UK Sapphire Foundation / £5,000 
    Provide young people with employment training (including online), mentoring and volunteering opportunities, and work with major employers to offer work experience and career development. 

    Avant-Gardening CIC / £4,152 
    A community gardening project at the Forum, Trafalgar Road comprising: a herb garden; food growing; improvements to the Forum’s external spaces on Trafalgar Road / Christchurch Way to benefit bio-diversity; and a child’s play garden in collaboration with the nursery.   

    Aldeburgh and Fearon Streets Neighbourhood Watch / £7,500 
    To improve the area under the Angerstein flyover by commissioning a mural that would represent some aspects of the history of the area, as well as its reality today.

    St Mary Magdalene CofE All Through School (SMM) and SMM Parents and Friends Association / £37,681 
    Greenwich Peninsula Community Garden and Forest School Nature Area (Within School Grounds but with separate access). Erection of an outdoor classroom, creation of a green wall around the fencing, and new fire-pit area to act as a meeting space and modification of gate to allow community access. Funding for Community and school staff to be trained as Forest School leaders. The school would use the space during the weekday and community use at other times. 

    The Bridge East Greenwich CIC / £11,905 
    To replace the existing low fence with new 1.8 m green mesh fencing to increase security of the new play area and the planned sensory garden, and to prevent anti-social behaviour out of hours. Works to include a wider gate for disability access alongside a new main entrance gate and two new vehicle access gates. 

    The Land Trust (Southern Park) / £41,400 
    Provide new equipment at Southern Park (scramble net / swing tyres / wavy bars) for children up to 14 years to complement the new toddlers’ play area and reduce the chance of older children using and potentially damaging equipment designed for younger children. 

    Millennium Primary Supporters Club / £34,500 
    To build a new sensory room and garden that will provide both a calm and/or stimulating environment for children with autism or special education needs; a weekly stay and play area for local preschool age children; a monthly outreach session for local families (and others from across the borough) and to promote mental health and well-being for all the school.  

    The Forum at Greenwich / £60,000 
    Essential repair works to the tower, to ensure its longevity and safety and also the reinstatement of the clocks and bells.  Some of the limestone has severely deteriorated due to air pollution, including areas supporting the two large clock faces. 

  • Friends of Charlton Park / £18,695
    Proposal to provide Charlton Park Playground with a new picnic area with shady trees, a drinking fountain and extra picnic benches that will bring new life to a run-down corner of the play park. Local families want to see the playground transformed to a landscaped natural adventure that sparks the imagination of children. This space will provide park users somewhere to sit and share picnics in natural shade on hot summer days. 

    Friends of Maryon & Maryon Wilson Parks / £4,602 
    Installation of two picnic benches adjacent to the Triangle as a meeting point for the community and for parents and carers. 

    Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society / £5,000
    Revival of Charlton House Long Borders Garden. Recreation of the Long Borders area for wider community use to include plant and creative fairs, farmer's markets, outdoor theatre and seasonal events.

    St Luke’s Parochial Church Council / £11,051 
    Enhancement of the churchyard, highlighting historical features, install attractive and imaginative planting, providing benches to facilitate reflection, enhance safety by levelling the path. Eliminating trip hazards. 

    Samuel Montague Youth Centre / £10,000 
    Install group shelter and seating next to volleyball courts for up to 30 people. Create a communal garden space with outdoor tables and chairs. Transform the garden shed into a club house for community group and sports club use. 

    Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (Platform Cricket) / £5,791
    Provision of cricket coaching sessions in local schools, outdoor summer cricket training, provision of cricket summer holiday camps, winter indoor training, over a one year programme increasing the take up of cricket by children from BAME and deprived backgrounds. 

    Creative City Limited (Herbert Road Green Oasis)  / £11,000 
    Creation of an oasis of green space in Herbert Road for the benefit of local residents and the wider community, as well as provision of a community gardening training programme for local residents to encourage the creation of green corridors and planting schemes in one of the most deprived areas of the borough. 

    Woolwich Service Users Project (WSUP) / £10,200 
    New installation of gas central heating system at WSUP’s new premises. 

    Woolwich Garrison Church Trust / £4,000 
    Installation of informational notice board and the screening of films throughout the summer months for the benefit to the local community. 

    Home-Start Greenwich / £8,632 
    Transformation of a vacant site, the Blue Bell Centre, into a Young Parents Hub. Carrying out internal refurbishment in the form of plastering, redecoration, and floor coverings. Assets required include kitchen appliances and IT equipment and these will form part of our on-site support to develop skills and confidence in young parents. 

    St Thomas, Old Charlton PCC / £10,000 
    Renovation of the St Thomas' Upper Hall for the wider community's use as a hub. To include re-plastering, painting, recovering of the floor, creating a more welcoming and comforting space. 

    Clockhouse Community Centre with New Charlton Community Centre (NCCA) / £47,227 
    To make significant building improvements the New Charlton Community Centre (NCCA) to the house and hall (including the installation of a disabled bathroom, redecoration of the hall and to clear and install an all-weather surface externally to improve the external areas to ensure the NCCA is further fit for purpose to serve the local community. To additionally replace some dilapidated kitchen equipment in the Clockhouse Community Centre to significantly improve the services offered by the Community Cafe. 

    Long Lane Junior Football Club / £24,746
    Leisure, Play and Recreation area. Installation of an innovative play and exercise area for users of all ages and abilities. Installation of outdoor table tennis table and covered seating area.

  • Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice / £8,976 
    Installation of environmentally friendly energy efficient outdoor lighting and signage, providing a safer environment for visitors and patients. 

    South Rise School / £8,299 
    The creation of a community garden for the benefit of Glyndon residents, improving engagement with nature and the environment. 

    Friends of Plumstead Gardens / £8,584 
    Installation of interpretative signage and noticeboards to compliment the development of the park, provide historical information and support publicity materials, increasing community engagement. 

    Champions 4 Change / £5,500 
    Providing empowerment programmes to young people to direct energy and emotions in a positive way, via physical exercise, mentoring and boxing sessions. 

    Greenwich Leisure Limited (Waterways Children’s Centre) / £18,718 
    Installation of an outdoor play area, improving physical activity, development, wellbeing and confidence.

    Bostall Gardens Project / £30,000 
    Conversion of WC block in Bostall Gardens into a park café. 

  • Voting is open until 11.59pm on Sunday 23 May

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    Area meetings

    Area meetings when Ward Councillors from each neighbourhood area will attend an area meeting to agree how the available funding in their area should be allocated.

    Previously funded projects

    Over £1.2m has been awarded to 60 projects in rounds one and two and three. These include projects such as:

    Download the full list of successful projects

    • replacing windows at a play centre
    • creating a sensory garden for a hospice
    • running a digital inclusion programme
    • park and playground improvements across the borough
    • a community crèche