Previous Funds & Learning
The Learning & Collaboration Fund is now closed and has been replaced by POP Collectives.
POP incentivised and enabled collaboration by supporting eight projects with up to £5000 each, over two rounds of funding awarded in December 2019 and April 2020. Funding was decided by a panel from the Network of Networks, a group of people representing the Networks across the city.
Why Learning and Collaboration?
Relationships are fundamental for resilience. Collaboration and relationships build stronger organisations. It makes joint funding bids more possible, easier recruitment of volunteers and finding skills for your organisations and may even bring about lasting, meaningful and purposeful change in Plymouth. Learning from each other, sharing the things which went well, also those which didn’t go as planned, helps us all to learn, saves time and valuable resources.
L&C Round 1 Projects (December 2019)
- Repair, Make and Mend: Borrow Don’t Buy, Timebank, Scrapstore, Makers HQ
- Culture and Integration Through Food: Based at the Plot on Union Street, Diversity Business Incubator, Food Plymouth and Miriam&Miriam
- Creative Natures: Deb Hoskin – Horticultural Therapy Trust and Thomas Loveder – Free Radical Creations
- The Eclective Network: Leadworks Factory CIC, The Kintsugi Project, Flyinghead Studios Community Arts project, Cawfee Community Café, Pride in Plymouth, Empowering Hidden Voices, Imperfect Cinema, WonderZoo, Mothership Audio
L&C Round 2 Projects (April 2020)
- Positively Diverse Action: City of Sanctuary, DBI, Stephane Kolinsky, Ptown Radio
- Precious Plastics Plymouth: Plymouth Play Scrapstore & CIC, Rob West and Kate Crawfurd, Precious Plastics Tavistock and more
- Street Meets / Street Eats: Friends of Wyndham Square, Feeds n Seeds and Helen Moore, PCC – Natural Infrastructure Team and Sovereign Housing
- Plymouth Literary Research and Pilot Project – WonderZoo, Soapbox Culture, Imperfect Cinema and supporting organisations
The Esmée Fairbairn foundation has given POP and Plymouth a five-year grant to help make change happen in the city. It has given the city £1.3m for a five-year investment to spend on whatever we in Plymouth think will make a real difference to our city and our ways-of-life.
In June 2018 we allocated £141,000 to more than twenty projects across the city. Each of these projects was successful and received between £2,000 and £10,000:
- Community Arts & Events Network
- Community Criminal Justice Network
- Diversity Business Incubator CIC
- End Of Life Compassionate Network
- Environment Plymouth
- Food Plymouth Partnership CIC
- Friends of Wyndham Square
- HITH CIC & LifePlay Learning
- Honicknowle Commnet Ltd.
- Hope In The Heart CIC
- Horticultural Therapy Trust
- New4You Youth Group
- Plymouth Area Disability Action Network (PADAN)
- Plymouth Law Clinic
- Plymouth Mental Health Network
- Plymouth Tree Partnership
- Revolutionary Women, Harbour, Trevi & Broadreach
- Seadream Education CIC
- Stiltskin Arts & Theatre CIC
- The Ark Community Project Ltd.
- The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust CIO
- The Salvation Army
Background to Plymouth’s successful EF Bid:
Before the £1.3m was awarded to Plymouth there were two big consultation events which brought together a huge wave of ideas, visions and dreams… as well as outlining the practicalities and risks involved. There is a lot to read, but the reports are here:
The outcomes for the five year change programme are:
- Better Services for People
- A Stronger Voluntary and Community Sector
- Better working with other sectors in the city, so that we are all working together towards the same aims.
The heart of this change is that decisions happen bottom up, not top down. So, as in the consultations above, everything will be openly discussed and decisions on spending will be taken by the sector, or representatives of the sector. There have been six months of discussion.
Now we are on to six months of “exploring and experimenting”.
There will be a series of visits to other parts of the country to see what they are doing, and gather ideas and inspiration.
We are investing in a partnership across the city for an ‘Our Plymouth’ website, so that everyone can be informed and take part. Other partners here are the private sector (Chamber of Commerce), statutory sector (Plymouth City Council) and all supported by the Plymouth Herald. £20k. There is another £10k for cross sector working.
Here’s a taste of the fantastic community action made possible by Street-to-Scale across Plymouth so far:
- Rock the Block – A silent disco event for community residents to come together in Stoke
- Adelaide Angels – Litter picking, gardening group and events in Adelaide Street to increase community engagement. Click here for Plymouth Herald article
- Arabic School – A school led by volunteers teaching Arabic to Arabic and non-Arabic speakers improving social cohesion
- Collective Good – Creating personal welcome hygiene packs for homeless people in hostels
- Free Radical Creations – Art, photography and social opportunities using different spaces
- Madness with WonderZoo (Mental Health Arts Day) – A Mental Health awareness event for artists to share work and perform
- North Star Study Group – Looking at the impacts of colonialism through a Monuments Walk, a book club, film screenings and raising awareness of the group
- No Whey Plymouth – Vegan food and marketplace celebration in Stonehouse
- PAP Project (Blue Plaque Project) – 40 blue plaques designed to celebrate the positive history of Plymouth
- ReadEasy Plymouth – Training coaches to work 1-1 with adults to improve literacy
- Royal Cinema Trust – Saving the Reel Cinema through raising awareness
- St. Matthias Community Garden – To buy tools to improve the gardening group at St Matthias church
- Banking for Change – Creating art spaces for children and adults in Stonehouse and building a grotto for Santa when he came to Stonehouse last Christmas
- Fish is Fun – Teaching children about fish, their habitats and sustainability
- Street Meets – North Stonehouse – Bringing residents of North Stonehouse together through ‘street meets’, events, food and gatherings
- Medicine through Time (Medifest)– developing the idea of Science & Health Exploratory through display areas and an event in Plymouth Guildhall
- Greenbank – Onward House – Housing Estate Summer Activities
- Spaceforce – Workshops to build and then launch Space Balloons into near space
- THINQTANQ – Improving the environment of a community workspace in PL1
- Another World Farm – establishing a demonstrator indoor urban farm
Young people’s Street-to-Scale Projects
- PZL Small Press (YEA Plymouth) – workshops with young people, setting up a small zine printing press and producing zines
- Infinity Festival (Ernesettle Community Day) – Youth Music festival in Ernesettle
- Youth Community Garden – creating a green space and pizza oven at Redeemer Church
- Traversing Wall – Scouts and Leaders, planning, designing and building a climbing wall on the Scout Hut in Keyham 1st Keyham (St.Mark) Scout Group
- New4You (Youth Communal Area and Fire Pit) – Firepit and extension of communal area for Youth Group
- Big Wills Memorial Garden – Southway Youth Centre
- Diversity Project – Whitleigh Youth Group exploring different cultures and religions
- In other Words (Routeways) – Celebration Ball arranged by and for young people experiencing mental health challenges
- Growing Together – making and selling goods at a community market and a pop-up Christmas Shop along with a business run by young men with additional needs.
- OK Boomer – Literary Arts event planned and delivered by young people at Leadworks Factory – Rendle Street, Stonehouse
Coming Soon after Lockdown
- Stiltskin Creative Arts & Theatre Company – Community Event run by the youth people’s board at Soapbox Theatre Devonport Park
- Bee Project – Exploring ideas to tackle the decline of bees. Set up by students from Plymouth High School for Girls