£500,000 in cash up for grabs from Gedling Homes owner for projects to benefit borough

Community projects in Gedling borough could receive a funding boost from a new cash pot set up by the owner of Gedling Homes to improve neighbourhoods across the area.

The Jigsaw Homes Group – which owns Gedling Homes – is launching the new £500,000 fund to mark its first anniversary.

The group is now wants to encourage bids from charity projects, resident groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises across the borough.

Tenants of Gedling Homes will then get the chance to vote where the cash from the Jigsaw Foundation fund is spent.

A number of projects have benefited from past funding from Gedling Homes. These include memory cafes at St Andrew’s House in Mapperley (pictured) and the St George’s Centre in Netherfield.

Money has helped to run the cafes for people with dementia and their families with activities ranging from singing to arts and crafts and quizzes.

PICTURED: Team at the launch of the new Jigsaw Group last year

Other projects to receive funding include local theatres, school workshops, sports activities, dementia cafes, social enterprise start-ups and work clubs.

The housing firm say that applications must demonstrate that their projects make a difference to people’s lives and communities either by improving health, well-being and loneliness, employment or training, the environment, financial and digital inclusion or supporting people to sustain their tenancies.

Tenants who have registered to the landlord’s Jigsaw Rewards tenant feedback system will be surveyed about applications of up to £25,000. Bids in excess of this will be decided on by Jigsaw’s executive team.

Applications will also be assessed alongside Jigsaw’s new neighbourhood plans also due to launch in April.

Emma Wilson, group director of Neighbourhoods at Jigsaw Homes Group said: “Jigsaw Foundation confirms our continued investment in all our communities and we look forward to launching this fund on our upcoming first birthday to support projects close to people’s hearts that have a positive impact in our neighbourhoods.”

Applications open on Jigsaw’s first anniversary on April 3, 2019. Application forms can be downloaded in advance of the launch date here, but entries must not be submitted before April 3.

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One Comment

  1. Good news is always welcome, but there are so many ‘Gedling Homes’ dwellings in the former Arnold UDC and Carlton UDC areas, that it’s inevitable the projects voted for and then funded by the Jigsaw Foundation, will be those situated within those locations. Please don’t forget the rural areas within Gedling Borough.

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