OpenLab Perceptions Project
This fund supports Perception Project’s participants (groups and individuals) delivering community mini-projects that aim to improve their locality, increase community wellbeing and social activities.
Projects we're interested in funding
We’ve set up the Perceptions Fund to support projects that emerged from initial engagement events in the five areas of Gateshead:
- Beacon Lough East (Click to see outcome document)
- The Avenues, Bensham (Click to see outcome document)
- River Streets, Chopwell (04/07/2018)
- Rose Street, Teams (TBD)
- Elisabethville, Birtley (TBD)
We are interested in supporting projects that will make a difference to your local area and community. Projects can be as creative and innovative as you like, but they should aim to either help transform perceptions of your neighborhhod, improve a shared or publicly accessible space and/or help bringing communities and people together.
To pledge, you will need to have attended one of the Perception Projects’ engagement events (see above) and demonstrate that there is an interest and/or demand for your project in your community. If you meet the above criteria, we want to hear from you!
There's up to £500 (match-fund) available for each micro-project.
The outcomes of our fund
Projects should aim to:
- Improve community participation and ownership of community spaces.
- Empower and enable local communities to improve their local areas.
- Address and reduce social exclusion (including digital).
- Ensure safer, greener spaces in your neighbourhood.
- Benefit the local community from an economic or social point of view.
In your application you should describe how your proposal responds to ideas and/or issues identified as part of the Perception Project’s events and aspire to meet the outcomes outlined above.
Upcoming Engagement Events: Gateshead
At present, we have run two engagement events within the areas of Beacon Lough East and The Avenues, Bensham.
Upcoming events include:
River Streets, Chopwell (04/07/2018)
Rose Street, Teams (TBD)
Elisabethville, Birtley (TBD)
You must have attended one of these events as part of the requirements of the funding. The financial backing has been allocated as part of the problems identified as well as the ideas that have been generated within these sessions.
This fund is made available as part of Open Lab’s Digital Civics research, which aims to increase understanding of the role that technologies can play to empower communities improving their neighbourhoods. For these reasons, groups or individuals involved in the organisation and delivery of any funded projects may be invited to take part in interviews, focus groups or workshops for the purposes of research.