Platform Community Chest

Platform customers, charities, clubs ancommunity chest logod other not- for-profit organisations can apply to Platform Community Chest for funding to bring about positive changes for Platform communities.

 

We will consider projects that will make a difference in at least one of these ways:

Digital Inclusion

Helping people in Platform communities to access and use the internet safely and effectively.

Digital InclusionExamples

IT equipment; IT training.

Health & Wellbeing

Improving physical health and mental well-being for people in Platform communities.

health and wellbeing. Examples

Exercise classes, well-being workshops, dental health initiatives, holiday hunger initiatives, improvements to physical environments.

Community Cohesion

Helping to bring people together and making sure that no groups of people are left out.

Community cohesion Examples

Community events or activities, particularly if they reach groups who might otherwise be excluded.

Skills & Employability

Creating opportunities for Platform customers to develop life skills and skills needed to gain work.

skills and employability Examples

Courses; support; other initiatives with learning opportunities.

Community Safety

Making Platform neighbourhoods safer for everyone.

community safety Examples

Neighbourhood Watch schemes; security marking projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of groups can apply for funding from Platform Community Chest?

We welcome applications from charities, not-for-profit organisations, clubs, constituted groups and informal groups. Individual Platform customers can also apply but the application must be for the benefit of multiple customers.

What sort of groups can not apply?

We will not fund profit-making businesses or political parties. We will only fund religious groups if they can demonstrate that their funding will be of equal benefit to members of the community who have different faiths and no faith. We will not fund groups who we feel will exclude any members of the community from funded activities on grounds such as ethnicity, gender or disability.

Do I have to be a Platform Housing customer to apply?

Applications from informal groups must come from a Platform customer and the group must include at least 50% Platform customers. However, applications from charities, not-for-profit organisations, clubs and constituted groups do not need to come from Platform customers.

Applications must, though, demonstrate how they will benefit Platform customers.

What sorts of things will be funded?

Applications must demonstrate how a positive difference will be made to people in Platform communities, with benefits in at least one of these areas:

 

Description

Possible Examples

Digital Inclusion

Helping people in Platform communities to access and use the internet safely and effectively.

 

IT equipment; IT training.

Health & Wellbeing

Improving physical health and mental well-being for people in Platform communities.

 

 

Exercise classes, well-being workshops, dental health initiatives, holiday hunger initiatives, improvements to physical environments.

 

Community Cohesion

Helping to bring people together and making sure that no groups of people are left out.

 

Community events or activities, particularly if they reach groups who might otherwise be excluded.

 

Skills & Employability

Creating opportunities for Platform customers to develop life skills and skills needed to gain work.

 

Courses; support; other initiatives with learning opportunities.

Community Safety

Making Platform neighbourhoods safer for everyone. 

Neighbourhood Watch schemes; security marking projects.

 

Is any funding available to support individuals?

No - Platform Community Chest will not provide funds to support individuals. However, Platform’s Rent Support Team can provide a range of support for customers, including help accessing local funds that are open to applications from individuals.

Individual Platform customers can apply but only if the application is for the benefit of a wider group of people.

Can applications be made to make improvements to communal spaces?

Yes – if an application comes from a group of Platform customers, who can demonstrate that enhancements would make a positive difference to the wellbeing of people in their block or area. These must be easy to maintain, must have the support of neighbours and must not cause any significant problems.

What’s the maximum amount that we can apply for?

We are not specifying a maximum amount for an application. However, clearly we need to ensure that funds awarded are providing best possible value on behalf of our customers. Applications will need to demonstrate how many people would benefit and 

Will we be awarded the full amount that we ask for if it’s granted?

Not necessarily – the panel may offer you part of the amount you requested. It would then be up to you whether to accept, or refuse if you felt that a reduced amount would make your project unviable.

For applications which include purchases for goods or services for the value of £1,000 or more, please provide 3 quotes to prove that this will be good value for money. The application form allows you to upload additional documents - please either upload the quotes here or email them to communities@platformhg.com.

Who decides whether or not an application is granted?

Members of the Platform Housing’s Customer Experience Panel, who are customers themselves, will assess all applications.

When will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed at a meeting held every other month. If an application is being made for an event or activity, then please apply at least three to four months in advance of the planned date. We’ll contact applicants after the meeting to let them know the outcome and arrange payment, if successful.

If our group doesn’t have its own bank account, can money be paid into an individual’s account?

No – if funding is granted to an informal group without its own account, then Platform will purchase items requested on the group’s behalf and arrange delivery with you.

Will Platform sponsor my team / league / event?

Requests for sponsorship will be assessed against the same criteria. If there is a strong case that by providing sponsorship, something will take place that is of significant benefit to Platform communities, then the application will be considered. Sponsorship is not part of Platform’s marketing strategy, so we would be doing it for community benefit rather than for promotion.

Do we need to do anything after funding is given?

Yes – we ask you to help us to publicly celebrate what you achieve with the support from Platform and to keep receipts and records of your purchases. As part of your application, we ask you when and how you will be able to share (in the press, on social media) the story and photos from your project, mentioning your support from Platform. We also ask when you’ll be able to give us details of how the project has gone, providing copies of receipts from purchases.

Will we be asked for money back?

We won’t demand money back if you say your project will benefit, for example, 50 Platform customers but only benefits 35 as long as you let us know what you did and any learning you’ve taken from it (that may be useful to others).

However, if you don’t end up spending all of the money you were granted on items requested in the bid, then we will ask for you to return the funds you didn’t spend, as this money can then be used towards other projects.

Can my group apply more than once?

Yes, if each application can demonstrate significant benefits to customers, then more than one application will be considered from the same group, as long as the group has met the expectations outlined above in terms of reports, receipts and sharing stories.

Platform covers a large area, with many different communities, so the panel will particularly welcome applications that benefit communities which have not previously been beneficiaries of funding.

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