The Elephant & Castle Community Fund, created by Lend Lease in partnership with its regeneration partner, Southwark Council, is open for 2015. Now in its fourth year, this latest round will see £50,000 donated to support the community, bringing the total awarded to £125,000 over the four years.
The fund was originally set up in 2012 with a donation from Lend Lease, to support the local Elephant & Castle community during the regeneration of the area. The fund aims to build on the strengths of local people and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area. It is hoped that the fund will become a permanent feature of the area, and that over time it will develop and grow, with the community taking ownership, both in decision-making and fundraising.
In its first three years, the fund awarded a total of £75,000 in grants to 19 community organisations. During this time, these projects have supported more than 18,000 people, with the help of over 1,000 volunteers. This year, Lend Lease and Southwark Council have each donated £25,000, which means even more grants can be awarded than previous years. In future, new donors will be sought to increase the funding available for the Elephant & Castle community, and to continue the initiative long into the future.
Managed by the London Community Foundation, the Fund supports groups or projects from the Elephant & Castle Opportunity Area that address local issues such as education, training, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, health and wellbeing and the environment.
Commenting on the latest round Rob Heasman, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “The Fund has been one of the big success stories of our time in Elephant & Castle, supporting a wide range of groups and activities over the past three years. With a new round of funding now available we are looking forward to seeing even more innovative approaches to helping the community come forward and we can’t wait to see the positive impact these projects will have on the Elephant & Castle area.”
Sonal Shah, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said: “Over the past few years, we have been delighted to work with local residents, Lend Lease and Southwark Council to help get funding to community projects around Elephant and Castle. The vast range of projects supported last year were a testament to the vibrancy of community activity in the local area – and indeed displayed the breadth of need across different parts of the population. We hope others will come on board with funding to help grow the work we can do over the coming years.”
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for transport, planning and regeneration at Southwark Council, said: “Last year eight local community groups received funding from this scheme which have delivered real benefits to local residents. We look forward to receiving more applications this year so that this good work can continue.”
In 2014, eight local groups received grants for their community projects. To find out more about this visit our blog here.
The deadline for applications this year is 10am on 13 April 2015.
For more information on how to apply, please visit The London Community Foundation’s website here.
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