A CASH windfall of more than £100,000 for community projects in three Hillingdon wards has just been announced.
Botwell, West Drayton and Yiewsley wards have been selected as three of the 600 areas to receive Community First funding.
Community First is a programme funded by the Office for Civil Society on behalf of the government. It will run for four years, until 2015.
The fund has been created to help communities come together and make their area a better place to live.
Community First panels have been set up in each of the three wards, to create a plan for the local area, raise awareness of the funds and recommend how the money should be allocated.
The panels have been set up with the support of Hillingdon Community Trust and groups such as Hayes Town Centre Partnership, Yiewsley Cornerstone, Bell Farm and Yiewsley and West Drayton Town Centre Action Group.
Local people are also taking part in the panels.
Each ward could receive up to £33,910 over the four year period.
Voluntary and community groups can apply for funding and the maximum amount payable for each project in any one year is £2,500.
To qualify for a grant, projects must aim to achieve one of the following objectives:
* Bringing together people from different communities
* Improving health and well-being
* Improving skills with a view to increasing employability
* Improving the local environment
* Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
Hillingdon Community Trust director Christine Little said: “Projects eligible for funding include holding events for older people, play schemes for school age children, fitness projects or projects aimed at giving young people positive activities to do in their spare time.
“Projects must be match-funded either in cash or services or in volunteer time.”
* For more information about applying for a grant in your ward, contact Hillingdon Community Trust at email@example.com.
You can also ring the trust office on 020 8581 1676.
The first deadline for applications is April 27 and there will be a further deadline in July.