Our latest Community Fund winners and how to apply

Last summer we launched our community fund to support our communities in London and Hertfordshire. This funding is for projects, events and activities that make a difference in our local communities. For information on how to apply scroll to the bottom of this article. 


The latest projects to receive our Community Funding are: 

Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association (HRUA)

The Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association is a voluntary group of users of the park who organise free events in the Harrow ‘Rec’. 

We have funded their Music in the Park and Community Gardening where everyone is welcome to join in gardening, including beginners and experts! 

HRUA has also offered 1 year free HRUA Membership to Origin residents to make a difference by giving input of how to improve the park and also share in the free events.   

HRUA organises fun events. Planned for 2022 to 2023 are: Music in the Park; Festival of International Dance and Music; Kites & Bikes; Bug Hunt; Tree Walk; Fun Day; Dog Show. To view the full calendar of events HRUA are putting on over the next year click here.

Still to happen in 2021 are: 

  • Kites and Bikes on Sunday 26 September from 2.30 to 5pm near the tennis courts. 

  • Bug Hunt (for children accompanied by an adult), and Tree Walk (Mainly for adults who may be accompanied by children), both on Sunday 3 October from 10.30am to 12noon. 

  • Tree Dressing  followed by Annual General Meeting on 5 December from 2 to 4pm. 

We also volunteer with the Harrow Recreation Ground Community Gardeners and have created a beautiful Peace Garden. Everyone is welcome to join in gardening, including beginners and experts! Or just come and enjoy the Peace Garden. 

To register interest or for more information please contact Jane Galbraith, Chair of HRUA, on 07982 791 221 or j.galbraith@ucl.ac.uk . 

To find out more about their work visit Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association  

Dickenson Way – Garden Overhaul Project 

We’re funding Origin residents based at Dickenson Way to overhaul their garden and create a nice seating area to give residents more places to chat and help build community further. The garden at will also benefit from lots more evergreen shrubs to ensure the garden can be used all year.  


Mary Webster House Community Project 

We’re funding some of our residents based at Mary Webster House to transform the communal garden by building their own bee/insects hotel and plant more seasonal plants/vegetables . This will re-establish tenant led activities like tea afternoons, arts & crafts sessions, knitting and much more. 


Who can apply

Origin Housing resident groups, local voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises and any not-for-profit organisations. Individual residents can also apply if they provide evidence that other residents will be involved and that the project is inclusive.  

What will we fund?  

We award grants of up to £2,000 for projects that address a need in the local community and benefit our residents. We will also be fast tracking  all residents' applications for funding of £500 or under for projects or activities that will start at least six weeks after the application is submitted. These applications will receive a decision within one calendar month.  
If you need support with your application just let a member of our Community Development Team know to increase your chance successfully securing funding.    

To find out more visit our Community Funding page here

Posted: 14/10/2021 By Tosin Adewumi  | 0 comments

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