Initial funding for the public consultation and design stage has been provided primarily by LBRuT Community Fund. This is expected to cover costs for design work, a second stage of public consultation, a planning application, and approaches to third party funders.
We hope that the Project will be perceived as a single, unified scheme, and are particularly keen to work with consultants familiar with third-party funded schemes. However, individual elements may, if necessary, be phased and/or funded separately.
Anticipated Funding Model
- Local Community fund-raising to demonstrate community interest and involvement.
- Third Party funding from organisations supporting community engagement, conservation, outdoor learning, recreation and exercise, well-being, and our SLOWER ethos.
- Richmond Council, as owner of Vine Road as well as being the local authority. Given current LA funding constraints, this contribution will likely be limited, but play a vital role in helping leverage funds raised by the community and give confidence to third party funders.
The implications of Covid-related funding restrictions are not yet known: charities and organisations that have previously backed similar projects may themselves suffer from the economic impact. Equally, it is possible that the government will encourage new initiatives aimed at offering rapid opportunities for employment and long-term benefits for the community, particularly in the areas of wellbeing, outdoor learning, energy efficiency and sustainability.