Funding body information

London Borough of Wandsworth Council

London Borough of Wandsworth
Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
SW18 2PU
020 8871 6000

Point of contact:

Chris Blyth, Service Development Officer, 020 8871 7810,


Wandsworth Council are working towards a system of service level agreements and contracting services, moving away from their previous grant-aid processes.

These contracts will usually only concern organisations asking for large amounts of money, from £5,000 upwards, however there will be one type of contract that will grant up to £5,000 to groups for specific items or services. In order to obtain funding, voluntary sector groups must identify clearly what they need funding for, and go to the relevant department that their group falls under, such as Adult Services or Children and Young Peoples Services.

For further information, contact the Service Development Officer, Chris Blyth, who deals with voluntary sector funding enquiries.

The council currently runs a small grants programme for voluntary organisations; Security Grants

This fund offers grants of up to 75% (dependent on the type of grant) of costs to help registered Neighbourhood Watches, voluntary organisations and other eligible groups improve security in their area, up to a maximum of £7,000 per grant. This fund is currently under review and the level of funding available is expected to decrease slightly, however applications are still being accepted.

In addition the council operate a Youth Opportunity Fund. The Youth Opportunity Fund is a grant that young people can apply for to run a project or activity or to purchase equipment or spruce up thier building. For more information please visit the council's webpage or telephone 0208 871 7553.

Additional Funding

'Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund'

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country.Community First is managed by the community Development Foundation (CDF) and is part of the new programme of community funding brought in to replace Grassroots Grants. The Neighbourhood Matched Fund aims to provide local communities with the means to address their own priorities. The key apsects of the fund are: 

  • communities will set up local panels in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area;
  • it is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time);
  • funding has been allocated at ward level across every local authority in England. Eligible wards were selected on the basis of high levels of deprivation and significant increases in benefits claimants. The amount of funding for each area is based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward.

Within Wandsworth, Roehampton has been allocated £16,955.

For full details see the CDF website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Useful organisations:

Central London CVS Network

Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Development Agency

No information was available from Wandsworth council's website on their voluntary sector funding arrangements, as they are currently not running any grant programmes and are unsure when funding will begin again.

However, staff in the council were very helpful in explaining their situation and were keen to provide further information at a later date when grant programmes are up and running again.

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