Wanborough Community Fund launching...
Wanborough Community Fund started out several years ago as a replacement body for the organising of the May Day Fayre; the Scarecrow Trail and the odd quiz night after the original fundraising activities for Wanborough Village Hall Raise the Roof allowed the refurbishment project to complete and leave the Village Hall Management Committee with about £15k of funds in their kitty. It was felt unnecessary to keep putting more money aside for village hall works (particularly since the Parish Council has responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the village hall via a lease arrangement with Bristol Diocese).
Therefore a small group of people took on the reins of running the May Day Fayre, Scarecrow Trail and Quiz nights under the auspices of the new organisation: Wanborough Community Fund. The idea of this new organisation is to run local community fundraising events to raise funds for local projects / activities / groups. The Fund covers Wanborough, Liddington, Hinton Parva & Bishopstone as many of the supporters for our fundraising events come from all areas of the Benefice, not just from Wanborough. Through a grant application and allocation process Wanborough Community Fund will support local groups / activities as funds are available. Due to several personal issues and other community activities / scouting commitments it has taken way too long for me to get this new organisation registered with the Charity Commission; without which it would be inappropriate to allocate funds. The final hoops are now being jumped through to gain charity status and the draft application process is being finalised.
There is over £20k of funds in our account now and I am keen to start launching the application and allocation process during the Autumn so groups/projects/events can benefit from the fundraising many of our villagers have been supporting for the last few years.
The types of projects that have already shown an interest whilst we've been waiting to secure Charity status are: Liddington Bells replacement project; Wanborough local history storyboards project; scout group coach transport to International Jamboree; annual event for senior members of the community; bi-annual event for junior members of our community. There will be many more... perhaps a feasibility study for the setting up of a community shop/café; other local groups needing funds for equipment / clothing etc.
The idea will be to get applications registered and then applicants make a presentation to the Trustees trying to secure some or all of their requested funds for their particular application. Conditions will be attached to completing the projects and spending the funds in a timely way; we'll ask for a completion report so we can publicise and promote the projects /activities/events and encourage more members of the community to support our fundraising efforts each year.
So... do you have the start of an idea for a community project / activity? Are you involved with a local group that needs funds for a specific piece of equipment or activity? If so please review the grant awarding policy
on this website and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
expressing an interest to apply for funds from Wanborough Community Fund and get the ball rolling... an application form will be published soon.
I am very happy to chat with people as their early thoughts turn into more concrete plans but I will not be able to make application requests on behalf of others; individuals need to be passionate enough about their idea that they can bring it to the decision making table and then execute its delivery.
If you are interested in being more involved in the organisational team as a Trustee, a member of the allocation committee or a member of the fundraising team it would be great to boost our numbers so please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
or calling me on 07795 057420.
As we progress through these early stages of launch I will keep readers updated but if you would like any further information in the meantime please do get in touch.
Tessa Lanstein, on behalf of Wanborough Community Fund
Wanborough Community Fund DRAFT Grant making policy