The New Cross Gate Trust offers a small number of grants every year to our local partners – other charitable organisations offering activities and services to local people that fall within our strategic objectives. This aims to ensure that we support the sustainability of our local partners, maximise the value of different organisations’ skills and expertise within the area, while also avoiding duplication of services.
Grant funded projects are normally developed in discussion between the New Cross Gate Trust and the relevant organisation. These are normally agreed at the beginning of each financial year on the basis that they address a clear gap in local services, and meet the strategic priorities of the Trust. We do not support ad-hoc requests for funding, but we are happy to talk to groups about future priorities and possibilities of how this funding might be used.
Funding in 2019/20 is being used to support:
– Drop in advice sessions at 170 Community Project
– Employment support, Careers Advice and Duke of Edinburgh activities through Somerville Youth and Play Provision.
– Drop in IT support at New Cross Learning
We also run a summer youth activity grants fund. This supports educational and developmental activities for young people over the summer holidays. The grants application process opens in April each year, with funding agreed no later than June, to enable projects to be developed in time for the summer break. We can fund up to five organisations per year. Activities must be based in the local area and free for participants. Funding is normally in the region of £1000 per organisation per year.
This year Somerville Adventure Playground ran a packed programme of fun and educational on-site activities throughout the summer, aimed at children and young people aged 5-16 years old, as well as a variety of trips out of London. REMEC took their young people on a trip to Go Ape Battersea, while New Cross Learning delivered two day trips to the beach, with a number of families, as well as providing story tellers to support the summer reading challenge.
“I am not afraid of heights no more.” Tianna aged 5
“ I completed it and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.” Shekinah aged 10