Civic Pride Community Fund

The Civic Pride Community Fund supports local projects, activities and events.

The fund is part of the Harlow is 70 legacy and aims to build on the local pride which grew out of the town’s birthday celebrations.

The fund is open to all Harlow-based agencies, organisations and voluntary groups.

There is a total of £10,000 available and applicants can bid for funding from £50 up to £500.

These events and projects could include a community litter pick, a school event, an art project or anything which involves local people and makes a difference.

In 2017 we supported over 70 community events and projects, which involved over 19,000 people. We want to continue to support projects like these which will benefit local residents and strengthen our community.  

Funded events

With the support of the Civic Pride Community Fund, Leah Manning Centre users had the opportunity to take a leisurely trip along the River Stort during the warm summer months.  Five separate trips were organised and each trip gave people with a range of disabilities and additional needs an opportunity to fully participate in the boating experience, having a go at steering and changing the locks. Leah Manning staff supplied a buffet style lunch to enjoy as they took in the sights and sounds of the river and its surroundings - creating new memories, new experiences and an opportunity for social interaction.  

Wednesday Art Group exhibitionThe Wednesday Art Group Society (WAGS) painted and mounted an exhibition of original acrylic paintings on canvas on the theme of 'Harlow is a great place for business and to call your home’.

The exhibition ran from 20 June to 4 July 2019 in the Gibberd Gallery (downstairs window) at the Civic Centre.

The exhibition raised awareness of what a beautiful and varied town we have with each of our artists finding something different to celebrate in Harlow, for both work and home life.

The Young Concern Trust (YCT) used funding from the Civic Pride Community Fund to help provide promotional equipment at Velo Birmingham – a 100 mile charity bike ride.

The promotion was aimed at raising awareness around mental and emotional health and wellbeing, specifically the services offered to children and young people in Harlow by YCT.

Fundraising took place in the build up to and alongside this event with all of the proceeds going directly to the provision of community counselling services for children and young people in Harlow.

The money raised will help them provide counselling to over 25 young people in Harlow this year, helping to give them the best possible opportunity to thrive and reach their potential.  

Harlow Youth Council Easter event craftingYouth councillors delivered an Easter event to bring together community groups and provide some fun activities in the Town Park.

Community groups including Integrated Support Services, Upwards with Downs, Sparkles, Church Langley CG and Sam’s Place were invited to take part in a range of activities run by Harlow Youth councillors.  

Children and young people took part in an Easter egg hunt, enjoyed storytime at the reading chair, made bird feeders and got to meet some of the animals in Pets' Corner. 

Herts and Essex Community Farm school visitSupport from the Civic Pride Community Fund enabled Herts and Essex Community Farm to purchase essential equipment to support hands-on school visits from Harlow school pupils.

At the visit, the pupils learnt about the ‘seed to plate’ project which promotes healthy eating and lifestyles.

The visits bring pupils together to get involved in different activities including digging, weeding, sorting out seeds into folders and watering pots and plants inside the various greenhouses.

Forty people came to celebrate the life and work of Sir Frederick Gibbered at The Gibberd Garden. 

Visitors included volunteers and Friends of The Gibberd Garden, as well as members of the public.

The event showcased the scope of the achievements of Harlow’s master planner and there were opportunities for speakers to enjoy sharing anecdotes and reminiscences of Sir Frederick Gibberd. 

The event also included a fascinating exhibition, with items chosen from the Gibberd archives.

Celebration of Harlow's history meal at Harlow HotelRainbow Services hosted 2 ‘Celebration of Harlow’s History’ events in partnership with The Harlow Hotel. 

Almost 200 people enjoyed a basket meal lunch followed by interesting and informative talks by Michael Beard of Public Health England and Sharon Summerfield of Discover Harlow. 

This was followed by a screening of a film of Harlow between 1949 and 1982 from The Independent Cinema Office. The afternoon ended with a quiz on Harlow over the years.

Feedback from the event was fantastic and everyone that participated thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Herts and Essex Community Farm Christmas carol singingHerts and Essex Community Farm held a Christmas event on Saturday 16 December 2018.

Over 100 children visited the event accompanied by their families and each child that visited Santa’s Grotto was given a book and selection box.

In the ‘Willow Classroom’ there was a ‘Letter to Santa’ area with a homemade post box, letters with pencils and Christmas stamps for the children to use.

There were Christmas trees, decorations and carols from the U3A choir to get everyone in the festive spirit, with home-made mince pies, mulled wine and hot blackcurrant to keep everyone warm. 

Bush Fair Traders Christmas event with children singing carolsIn December 2018, Bush Fair Traders’ Association used Civic Pride funding to support a seasonal community event in Bush Fair shopping centre.  Pupils from William Martin and Pear Tree Mead primary schools made baubles to hang on the Christmas tree, which was donated by Waterhouse Moor Residents’ Association. School choirs sang whilst the baubles were hung on the tree and volunteers from MIND and Bush Fair Traders served hot chocolate and mince pies to approximately 200 people that attended the event. Santa even popped in to switch the Christmas tree lights on! 

Harlow Black History Multicultural Festival dancersBetween 400 and 500 people joined together in Market Square on Saturday 27 October to promote and celebrate Harlow’s rich cultural diversity.

The theme for the event was ‘Seventy years of the UN Human Rights Declaration’ and exhibitors on the day included, Healthy Minds, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Essex County FA, Terrence Higgins Trust, Harlow Ethnic Minority Umbrella, St John Cadets, Sylvia’s Catering, K-Tiffins Ltd, BeYout Fashion, Rainbow Services, Efua Sey Cultural Academy and Community Embrace.

The event also included performances from Efua Sey Cultural Academy, Passmores Academy Steel Pans, Talentos, Belly Bells, DEM 3 and Rainbow Supreme Twirlers. 

The Gibberd Garden Heritage Open Day on 16 September featured a special exhibition on the life and work of Sir Gibberd’s wife Lady Patricia Gibberd - part of the 2018 Heritage Open Days theme of ‘ Extraordinary Women’. 

The Grade II listed gardens, built by Sir Frederick Gibberd, were opened free of charge and were enjoyed by people of all ages.