A children's play centre and a community garden are just two of the ideas from Hounslow residents to transform their neighbourhoods using a £1.5 million windfall from the Rainbow Project.
They are among 19 proposals, out of 30 submitted, to make it through to the second round of the scheme, launched by Hounslow Council launched in October, that challenged residents of its housing arm Hounslow Homes to come up with projects costing between £15,000 and £100,000 to improve life on their estates.
Successful groups can now apply for up to £2,000 to develop their ideas ahead of the June 5 deadline, and it is not too late for new applications.
Such was the demand from organisations across the borough, bids are now also being invited for small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000.
Cllr Phil Andrews, chairman of the project's judging panel, said he was delighted by the number and quality of the applications already received.
"There were some really exciting ideas and we hope by working with these groups we can make them become a reality," he added.
The Brabazon Residents' Association has applied for money to build a cycle track, football and cricket pitches and a communal garden on the Heston estate.
Sandra Middleton, who chairs the group, said the work would give children somewhere safe to play and bring the community together.
Haverfield Residents' Association, in Brentford, wants £60,000 to build a bigger kitchen at its community building, ensure the future of its popular children's playgroup and provide advice to vulnerable residents applying for benefits.
Chairwoman Betty Batty said: "This money will allow more activities to take place at Mission Hall, which is used by scores of residents throughout the week."
Other proposals include:
- Brentford Towers Residents' Association wants £100,000 to refurbish the disused space at Fraser House in Brentford and create a safe, fun centre, running activities for all the community, in particular young people.
- Convent Way Residents' Steering Group, Heston, wants to run a locally focused & targeted 3 year training and development programme on the estate, with the aim of getting local people into work through developing new skills.
- Oriel Residents' Association plans to develop a programme of activities, including dance classes aimed at improving creativity & bringing people together.
- Southern Avenue Residents' Association, Hanworth, has applied for £50,000 - £60,000 to restore the multi use games area for young people on the estate.
- United Residents' Association of Ivybridge wants £100,000 to provide more activities for the young and elderly and build a new toddler play area.
- TW4 Community Development Trust, Hounslow West, wants to recruit a community development officer to provide residents with a voice, build local interest groups and link them into regeneration in the area.
Anyone who wishes to apply for funding as part of the Rainbow Project should call Kate Tomkinson on 020 8583 2208 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org