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Do you have an idea for an innovative community project? Do you need financial help to bring your vision to life?
We offer grants ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 for projects supporting residents, delivering local initiatives and improving neighbourhoods.
We fund community projects and local activities that:
For help developing your community project idea, or to find out how to best engage residents, please email our Clarion Futures Communities Team.
Applications for this year are now closed.
There are two funding rounds each year. Please check back here soon for news on when applications will be reopening.
Applications for this year are now closed.
For any questions, or if you would like to be notified of when applications reopen, please email our Clarion Futures Grants Team.
Mancunian Way was formed as a result of Government cuts to services that helped to reduce anti-social behaviour for younger people in Greater Manchester. The charity applied for a Community Grant in order to continue their award-winning work in the local area.
Once they had received the funding, organisers consulted with young people to discuss what would best benefit their community. They decided that offering more activities for young people to get involved with would help them build further on their existing work.
Their priorities were improving confidence and self-esteem and preparing young people to make informed choices on future careers. They were also able to recruit new community ambassadors who could engage with young people.
The group went on to form a partnership with a local school and secure new facilities. They also enlisted support from high-profile organisations to help with teaching new skills, offering career advice and providing opportunities for work experience.
Mancunian Way’s success has helped 50 young people in the area, with 13 securing new qualifications as a result of working with the group and one ambassador beginning his first full-time job. To find out more about the amazing work Mancunian Way do in their community, visit http://mancunianway.org.uk/.
Mid Sussex Older People’s Council (MSOPC) is an independent local charity that informs and represents older people in the county. By applying for and receiving a Community Grant, MSOPC were able to promote and run events which were crucial in enhancing the lives of older people in Mid Sussex.
Through organising numerous events that allowed older people to meet one another, MSOPC aim to support older people, promote their interests and inform them of ways to get the most out of later life. They also provide an opportunity for members to voice any concerns in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Clarion were able to help with running some MSOPC events through a Community Grant, including the Planning for Later Life Conference and Independent Living in Your Own Home event. The funding also helped to cover the costs for transport, collecting those who may otherwise have had difficulty in attending the events.
To find out more about MSOPC’s work and their Community Grant funded events, visit http://www.msopc.org.uk/.
Hyde Park Source provides local horticultural activities in Killingbeck, Leeds. Operating in association with the Killingbeck Community Project, the scheme benefits from Clarion's Community Grants Programme and has enjoyed growing success.
Over the last three years Hyde Park Source have delivered 25 – 30 gardening sessions, with over 30 children and more than 20 adults participating each year.
Introducing winter sessions at a local youth centre increased resident participation. The group were able to offer activities - such as building bird boxes and wooden planters - that could be done indoors during the colder months.
This engaged residents, who became excited about the summer project. Hyde Park Source were given an abandoned allotment plot to develop, which they have since transformed with installations of poly tunnels, raised beds and compost toilets.
With help from Clarion they have since acquired new land and facilities, allowing them to develop new flower beds, plant a community orchard and begin running cooking sessions. There are extensive designs constructed to continue their amazing success, leaving the project’s future sustainable.
To find out more about Killingbeck Community Project and Hyde Park Source’s developments, visit the Hyde Park Source website.
Inkpots Writing Workshops began in January 2013, with start-up funding help from Clarion. By receiving a Community Grant they were able to further facilitate extra-curricular education at Warden Park Primary Academy.
Nearly four years on they are still going strong, with continued support from Clarion.
Their termly six workshops give children aged 8 – 12 the opportunity to work within a comfortable creative environment where they listen to music, play word games and write creatively. In particular, the workshops aim to encourage reluctant writers to explore the joy of creative writing.
Children learn how to work in teams as well as writing weekly diary entries reflecting on what they have achieved, with previous participants having more and more to write about each week.
With the help of a Community Grant their work continues, with Warden Park Primary Academy enjoying the sessions so much that their school PTA has started funding literacy work for Year 5 pupils.
The WPPA Association have now commissioned Inkpots Writing Workshops for the coming 2016/17 school year. The funding has allowed Inkpots to run in ways that were not possible before.
Find out more about Inkpots Writing Workshops at the Warden Park Primary Academy by visiting http://inkpots.org/wordpress/warden-park-primary-academy/.
Lewisham Arthouse is a non-profit organisation that supports artists and art-based learning by utilising specialist facilities and creative workspaces. Funding from the Community Grants Programme has allowed them to deliver Making Works workshops to young residents in the community.
Many residents had felt that there were few activities in the area to creatively challenge younger people. By working together, Lewisham Arthouse and Clarion are beginning to put life back into the community.
One way they have started engaging with their community is through Making Works workshops. In partnership with Lewisham Arthouse and funded by Clarion, younger residents are encouraged to get creative in these free outdoor sessions.
Run by Tate artist Laura X Carle, the free outdoor creative workshops operate on the Leybridge estate in Lee Green and are open to children, young people and parents from the surrounding area. These stimulating sessions provide the chance to see and create 3D sculptures from castles to spaceships, providing children with transferrable practical skills and opening up their minds to imagination.
To find out more about Lewisham Arthouse and their amazing work in their community, visit http://www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk.