City Living, Local Life

About the Programme

What is City Living, Local Life?

City Living, Local Life (CLLL) helps people develop practical solutions that make their area a better place to live. The programme brings local people together to discuss needs and share ideas and offers support to make projects happen.

Ward Councillors are at the heart of this work and help prioritise projects and activities that are led by the community. Through this work, City Living, Local Life aims to build lasting relationships yielding stronger, more resilient communities. Take a look at how you can find out your ward or councillor.

A ward-based community programme for local people in Kensington and Chelsea to:
  • Influence what happens in their local area
  • Seek funding for projects and activities that help make their neighbourhood a better place
  • Get together with others to do positive things for their local area

How can I get involved?

1. Share ideas

City Living, Local Life depends on the ideas, talents and knowledge of local people. Contact us to discuss a specific idea for your area, for help finding out about opportunities to share your thoughts and hear from others, or to tell us about a local event that others can get involved in. You can also contact your local ward Councillors directly.

2. Submit a project proposal

If you have specific proposals or a suggestion for a project, then do submit a ward budget application. You can contact your ward Councillors or us to discuss your idea first.

3. Join your local community group

There are many voluntary and community groups in the borough, from residents’ groups to organisations run by volunteers and registered charities. Contact us for information about how you can join a local group or visit the Volunteer Centre for opportunities.

4. Have a say in Council decision making

There are a lot of ways to participate in Council decisions, beyond this programme.

If you are already familiar with City Living, Local Life, why not share these opportunities with others and encourage more local people to get involved?

 

Support for New Project Ideas

Building your idea

Contact us or your local ward Councillors if you’d like to start a new project, so we can support its development, including:

  • Feedback from ward Councillors about local priorities to help shape your ideas
  • Seed funding to get your project off the ground
  • Advice from officers to help develop your project, and to manage relationships and dependencies with other Council departments
  • Help to connect with local organisations for further support

We encourage you to consider how your project will benefit the local community, how you’ll be able to measure its outcomes, and to clearly explain the need for the project.

Do also consider other sources of support in your community, such as online funding advice; in-kind support from local organisations (time, use of community spaces, donations, etc.), support from local groups in promoting your work, or partnerships to deliver the project.

As the programme evolves, and we have a better understanding of the support you might like, we’ll share guidance documents on this website to help you start conversations, build new ideas, and deliver successful projects.

Funding support

How funding works

CLLL funding helps to get projects started, to contribute towards small one-off events or to act as match-funding from other sources.

Kensington and Chelsea is divided into 18 neighbourhoods, or wards, each represented by two or three elected Councillors. Each ward has a dedicated amount of seed funding to support new projects in their area.

Each area of Kensington and Chelsea is unique, and so are the approaches taken by different wards and the types of projects supported. The aims of the programme are the same across all wards, though, and projects must meet at least one of these aims to receive funding.

Aims of City Living, Local Life Project Funding

The programme supports projects that:

  • enhance understanding of local areas (including local history, local people, the area itself in terms geography and places within it);
  • build stronger connections and relationships between local people;
  • help to identify, assess and prioritise improvements in local areas;
  • devise practical solutions that involve local people, to address local issues; and
  • work with local people and organisations to deliver those solutions.

 

How to apply

Applications for funding can be made through the online application form.

Start your application

Before you apply – guidance for when making an application

Please read the City Living, Local Life Funding Conditions. Please note that applications must be made by an organisation or group with a bank account, so we encourage you to apply with an established organisation.

We also advise that you speak with your ward Councillors before applying to see what they think about your project idea.

When you are ready to make an application:

  • Please ensure you answer all the sections with as much detail as possible to enable Councillors to reach an informed decision.
  • You will be able to submit supporting documents such as quotes for items using the online application form.
  • You will not be able to save your application once you start the online form. Please contact us if you would like to see a copy of the form in advance.

After you apply – review process once an application is submitted

Under normal circumstance we aim to process each application within 4-6 weeks of submission (public event applications typically require at least 6 weeks assess, because applicants must seek permissions from relevant departments).

After you submit your application, an officer from the Community Engagement Team will contact you with follow-up questions and to ensure all required materials have been submitted.

The officer will then share your application with ward Councillors. If Councillors have any additional questions you will be contacted to offer further information on your application. Applications are only successful—receive funding in full or in part—if all Councillors from the ward to which the application was made agree to support the project. For applications made to more than one ward, all Councillors from all relevant wards must agree to support the project, though it is possible to secure some funding if all Councillors from at least one of the wards agree. We will inform you of the decision by using the contact information you have provided.

What happens if you’re successful?

If you are successful and have not previously received funding from City Living, Local Life, we will contact you for payment arrangements.

There are also a few things we need from you for transparency and accountability, including recording your project expenditure and completing a short evaluation form. Further information about these requirements will be shared when we confirm your successful application.

What happens if you’re unsuccessful?

If you are unsuccessful, we will let you know as soon as the decision is made by ward Councillors. We will help you understand why and might be able to advise you about future applications or alternative sources of funding or support.

Ward Councillors make the final decision about what they would like to see funded in their wards. Each ward and area is different and so please be aware that there is a chance that Councillors may not prioritise your project idea for approval.

 

Projects, budgets, and spending by Ward

Kensington and Chelsea is divided into 18 wards which each have dedicated seed funding to support new projects. Wards with three Councillors have £30,000 per year and wards with two Councillors have £21,000. Wards can additionally carry over unused funds from one year to the next.

The following information outlines the total funds available in each ward during the current financial year, as well as funding awarded to projects this year.

Abingdon

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £50,110.00
  • Funding Spent**: £2,405.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Brompton & Hans Town

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £53,800.00
  • Funding Spent**: £500.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Campden

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £48,610.00
  • Funding Spent**: £2,405.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Chelsea Riverside

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £47,930.00
  • Funding Spent**: £21,358.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 8

Colville

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £45,400.00
  • Funding Spent**: £10,950.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 6

Courtfield

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £54,500.00
  • Funding Spent**:
  • Number of Projects Supported:

Dalgarno

  • Number of Councillors: 2
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £24,640.00
  • Funding Spent**:
  • Number of Projects Supported:

Earl's Court

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £48,837.00
  • Funding Spent**: £22,099.49
  • Number of Projects Supported: 4

Golborne

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £33,800.00
  • Funding Spent**: £8,821.97
  • Number of Projects Supported: 3

Holland

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £43,457.20
  • Funding Spent**:
  • Number of Projects Supported:

Norland

  • Number of Councillors: 2
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £36,300.00
  • Funding Spent**: £1,443.75
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Notting Dale

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £33,151.93
  • Funding Spent**: £14,867.98
  • Number of Projects Supported: 7

Pembridge

  • Number of Councillors: 2
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £38,500.00
  • Funding Spent**: £2,500.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Queen's Gate

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £55,000.00
  • Funding Spent**:
  • Number of Projects Supported:

Redcliffe

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £47,828.04
  • Funding Spent**: £3,995.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Royal Hospital

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £51,000.00
  • Funding Spent**: £10,000.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

St Helen's

  • Number of Councillors: 2
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £32,325.00
  • Funding Spent**: £1,443.75
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

Stanley

  • Number of Councillors: 3
  • FY2020/21 Funding*: £54,000.00
  • Funding Spent**: £10,000.00
  • Number of Projects Supported: 1

*FY2020-2021 includes carry-over of unused funds from FY2019-2020

**These figures are updated each quarter and are current as of [date].

For more information on funded projects and information from past fiscal years, please contact the Community Engagement Team.

 

Contact us

Get in touch with the community engagement team if you’d like to sign up for updates, help with submitting your application, discuss a new idea, or ask a question or get more information about the programme.

Email: communityengagement@rbkc.gov.uk

Phone: 020 7598 4633 (9am-5pm)