What is LEAP and what is the LEAP Community Award?
Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) aims to improve the lives of children aged 0-3 and their families in the four Lambeth wards of Coldharbour, Stockwell, Tulse Hill, and Vassall.
Groundwork London are working in partnership with LEAP to administer the LEAP Community Award.
We are looking to give the award to community-run activities for children aged 0-3 and their families. Every activity should contribute to improving young children’s diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, or communication and language development.
You can apply for an award to support a broad range of projects, from family veg growing in small outdoor spaces to joint birthday parties, performance sessions to art and craft programmes.
How much can I apply for?
Groups can apply for Community Awards anywhere between £500 and £2,000
Awards are available for each of the four Lambeth LEAP wards of:
- Tulse Hill
Who can apply?
Parents, community groups and community members can apply if your proposed activities:
- Are for families with children aged 0-3 that live in the LEAP wards of Stockwell, Vassall, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill. Please use this link to ensure your project delivery address is within one of the four Lambeth wards.
- Will contribute to improving the diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, or communication and language of LEAP children aged 0-3
- Are free for all participants
- Will benefit at least ten LEAP children
All applications should also include plans for how activities could be continued once the award money has been used.
We welcome applications from existing groups looking to strengthen your current activities or from new groups setting up new activities. We particularly welcome applications from parents and community members living in the LEAP area.
How to apply
Step 1: Before completing your application form, we recommend that you read our ‘LEAP Community Awards Brochure’ which can be found here:
You can also talk to your FEW (Family Engagement Worker) to learn more about the scheme, attend an application workshop, or sign up to a one-to-one project surgery.
Each round we will be holding group application workshops, where you can learn the basics of writing an application for the LEAP Award, as well as one-to-one project surgeries where we can brainstorm your ideas and help to formulate them into a project.
The next application workshops and surgeries will be held digitally on Thursday 30th July. There will be limited spaces, so please secure your space below:
Step 2: Complete the application form:
Step 3: Submit your application to the LEAP Community Awards Panel. The panel will be made up of representatives from LEAP, Groundwork London, and local voluntary and community sector organisations. If your application is successful, we will contact you after 6 weeks.
Deadlines for Applying
The LEAP award is a rolling programme which means there are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Funding is currently available until December 2020. The panel will meet once every quarter, please see dates below for the cut off which determines which of the four panels your application will be reviewed in.
The application window opens 4pm on Monday 6th July
- 1st Round Cut Off Date – Monday 10th August, 4pm
- 2nd Round Cut Off Date – Monday 21st September, 4pm
- 3rd Round Cut Off Date – Monday 2nd November, 4pm
- 4th Round Cut Off Date – Monday 14th December, 4pm
After the cut-off date, it will take us around two weeks to get back to you on the panel decision.
What will happen if your application is successful?
We will contact you to offer support and guidance about getting your activities underway.
In the first instance, you will need to decide whether you need to set up a group bank account or might wish to work with a local accountable body who can help provide an account for your Award.
You will then be required to sign a Funding Agreement with Groundwork London setting out what you propose to do and when.
Once you receive the funds for your LEAP Award, you will need to complete your project within 12 weeks. We recommend splitting the twelve weeks up as 4 weeks for planning and preparation, 6 weeks for actual project delivery, and 2 weeks for reporting and wrapping up.
What will happen if your application is unsuccessful?
We will be more than happy to discuss the reasons why your application was unsuccessful and to provide advice on how to strengthen your application for next time.
Frequently Asked Questions
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