The Barnet Together partnership was pleased to be able to bring to the VCFSE Sector in Barnet a Main Grant Fund for 2022 of £300,000 to support the sector in Barnet support the communities it serves, especially focused on the Cost of Living Crisis and Covid recovery.
A total of £300,000 was awarded shared between a mix of small and large awards to 40 Barnet VCFSE organisations. The amounts and organisations are listed below.
Organisations were funded for a variety of projects aimed at supporting the community across Barnet in at least one of the following ways;
Meet emerging need
Upscale of an existing project with proven track record to support the community response to the crisis
Develop emotional wellbeing and resilience
Enhance social inclusion
Set up a project which supports residents’ recovery from the pandemic and current Cost of Living Crisis - eg a food cooperative
Local spaces which provide targeted activities and initiatives to residents, specifically warm spaces initiatives as we head into winter. Must have a community space / office if applying for operational support
Warm clothing and school uniform banks for children and families.
Blankets and wellbeing packs for those most in need.
Additional Cost of Living advice support
Training volunteers to support residents with basic budgets
The panel will consider applications that are not named above but support residents with the Cost of Living Crisis
2econd Chance, £10,000 :Refurbishment of Laptops to distribute for free or very low cost
Achienu Limited t/a The Boys Clubhouse £1,000 ; Sporting activities for vulnerable and isolated young men
African Refugee Community (ARC), £10,000 ; Providing support sessions for refugees
Art Against Knives, £10,000 ; Youth Worker to support 3 community nail bars working with young girls
artsdepot £10,000 ; use of space as a warm hub, including homeless
Axis Educational Trust, £5,500 ; Additional Cost of Living support via use of space as a warm hub
Barnet Churches Action, £9,252 ; Warm spaces hub with food, including lunch club and lunch delivery.
Barnet Lone Parent Centre, £10,000 ; Toy library, hygiene product distribution and support for lone parents.
Barnet Mencap £10,000 ; Food supplies, warm space, fuel crisis support.
Bread n Butter CIC £8,515 ; Free community cook and share sessions
Childs Hill Food Bank £10,000 ; Support to keep foodbank open and with additional foodbank supplies
Chipping Barnet Foodbank £9,445 ; help fund a client signposting lead part time.
Churches Together in Finchley £1,000
Colindale Communities Trust (CCT) £10,000 ; Warm Spaces hub, with additional suport via vouchers, clothing, cooked food, data sim cards etc.
Friend in Need Community Centre (FIN) £8,400 ; additional capacity for provding warm space with hot food to older members of community.
GIFT £5,000 ; food parcels
The Loop (Groundwork London), £10,000 ; Loop project on Grahame Park
Homeless Action in Barnet £10,000 ; Food, Bus tickets, Mobile Top up and clothing.
Islamic Association of North Finchley £7,500 ; Warm spaces including food for elderly community.
Islamic Centre Edgware £1,000 ; Hot meals and foodbank
Jewish Volunteer Network £1,000 ; Volunteer broker to support demand from community groups
JWA £7,000 ; Welfare grants and school holiday bursary fund.
KickOff@3 CIC £9,827 ; Free teenage social inclusion football sessions
Living Way Ministries, £5,000 ; 2 x Warm Spaces providing food and support (4 days per week)
London Jewish Family Centre £9,775 ; extension of hours on warm spaces providing food
Mother to Mother Ltd £7,715 ; New mother baby packs
Noa Girls £5,634 ; 1-2-1 support for vulnerable young girls including clinical support
NW7Hub £8,617 ; Food and clothes bank
OYA Organisation of Young Africans, £7,836 ; Additional free activities at weekend supplementary school.
RCCT CIC £10,000 ; Warm hub and wellbeing sessions.
Rephael House £10,000 ; support for those in Barnet with mental health issues
Resources for Autism £10,000 ; specialist autistic adult support
SAFA CIC BURNT OAK COMMUNITY FOOD BANK £10,000 ; Foodbank and energy support
St James Parochial Church Council £1,000 ; Community café, and advice
Stonegrove Community Trust £8,555 ; Foodbank, Warm Spaces, co-working and social space for local community
The Good Neighbour Scheme for Mill Hill and Burnt Oak £1,000 ; Lunch club
The Hygiene Bank Barnet £7,000 ; distribution of hygiene products to support foodbanks
Together in Barnet £3,741 ; winter night shelter
Volunteers on Wheels £10,000 ; volunteer van service moving community asset across the borough, especially foodbanks
We Are Grow £9,688 ; Grow cook share project supporting low income families.
Open for Applications: Wednesday 26th October 2022
Closed for Applications: 23:59 Sunday 20th November 2022
Panel: Thursday 1st and Wednesday 7th December November 2022
Successful Applicants Informed: Friday 9th December 2022
An independent Grants Panel met over a total of 6 hours on two dates, Thursday 1st and Wednesday 7th December 2022.
The panel was:
Cllr Caroline Stock
Cllr Sara Conway
Tim Blanc (Barnet Homes)
Rui Octavio (LBB)
Marta Montague (LBB)
Caroline Collier (Inclusion Barnet)
Janet Matthewson (Young Barnet Foundation)
BCF Main Grant - Eligibility Criteria
BCF Main Grant - Terms and Conditions
Barnet Community Fund
Information on the Barnet Community (response) Fund can be found Here
This fund is being administered by Young Barnet Foundation on behalf of the Barnet Together partnership and with thanks to London Borough of Barnet council for providing the funding.