More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Funds for Clapton Leabridge orgs available

...under the "Community First" £30 millon four year "Neighbourhood Match Funded" programme.
(part of the £80 million  4 year National Community First initiative ending March 2015)

£30,000 is available to fund community projects in the Clapton Pond area, to be given out over four years in small sums, up to around £2,500.
However, this first round only has £5,600 for Leabridge projects and the panel feel sums of around £500 will be typical.

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). CDF are recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time.

This is being administered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and The Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group (CPNAG) are acting as what is known as the the Panel Partner for the Leabridge Ward.

Deadline for submission to CPNAG panel
is 23rd March 2012 at noon

So very soon - act now.

You can download the application form
from the CPNAG site here
..and download the app form guidance here

If you want to contact the Panel, then please write to:

Community First aims to encourage people in Leabridge ward to:
  • Support the social action projects they need, improving the quality of life for themselves and others in their neighbourhood .
  • Participate in relevant local decision making, promoting a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources.
  • Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups.
  • Work with businesses, charities and public authorities, encouraging people to help others and themselves to improve the quality of life locally.
  • Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.

To receive Community First funding any group or organisation must:
  • be a not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group
  • be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community
  • have a bank account with 2 signatories OR nominate an organisation which has a bank account with 2 signatories to hold funds on its behalf
  • have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures. New groups are not required to have this in place, but should agree to develop one.
  • provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project
  • show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the ward

Examples of what can be funded are:
  • the purchase of equipment, like a computer, oven, furniture
  • the costs of putting on a local event or workshop
  • training for volunteers
  • additional activities to expand an existing funded project
  • activities that support community activity
  • activities that meet an identified need in the local community
  • funding to support an organisation to achieve a quality or other standard relevant to their activities.

see full details at
the Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group's

More about the programme can be found on the

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