Funding for community projects
PA Housing has created a Challenge Fund for residents. The money for this fund comes from the savings made by us in the provision of our main services.
The Challenge Fund is all about funding events and ideas that may go beyond what PA Housing would normally deliver as part of our service to residents and directly improve the quality of life in a local area. Challenge Fund bids are about celebrating and bringing together our neighbourhoods and communities through the ideas of residents living within them. We are sharing our value for money savings directly with you!
A central value of the Challenge Fund is that residents present their case and gain support from neighbours and locals in the community. Any resident can put forward an idea. We will also consider accepting applications for project funding from other groups, which will directly benefit local residents.
Applications will also be accepted from staff who had an idea to improve the quality of life within a community. Proposals that are put forward to the Challenge Fund are assessed by the Resident Council who agree or reject the application.
To find out more about how the Challenge Fund works and how to apply you can download the leaflet on this page.
The Challenge Fund contains £25,000 for residents to apply for to improve the wellbeing of people and places in their neighbourhood.
What kind of projects have been funded?
- Environmental improvements for a courtyard to become a relaxing space with picnic benches, raised flower beds and rotational washing lines - Tartar Road, Cobham.
- A secluded outside seating area with flowers - Grimwood Road, Twickenham.
- Support for a befriending service for residents who have little contact from family and friends - independent living schemes Elmbridge.
- Tree planting at Thames View preschool and Hurst Road allotment - Walton.
- Social committee and Resident Association community activities.
- A resident shaving their head to raise money for Macmillan charity - Surbiton.
- A resident running a community café and growing vegetables at the allotment - Hampton.