Grenfell Projects Fund

Today's (Saturday 11 January) Grenfell Projects Fund Decision Day saw over 150 north Kensington residents come together to vote on projects to help the north Kensington community.

We received 88 project ideas across the six outcomes from organisations, individuals and new collectives. Residents who had registered prior to the event got the chance to decide which projects in Outcome One and Outcome Two were allocated the money.

There was £100k available in each outcome for the community to vote on.

Successful outcome one projects announced

The successful projects in Outcome One - Wellbeing for children, young people or adults - who shared the £100k funding were:

  • Minds United Football Club will provide football sessions for adults in the local comunity who have mental health issues/substance misuse issues following the Grenfell tragedy.
  • Swimunity will offer free swimming workshops to children aged six to 12 years old, mixed adults and women only.
  • 1 Utd will create a safe, informal and open access space for young people aged 17 to 25 years old to provide training and help them find solutions to day-to-day issues.
  • Lancaster West Children's Network will set up a community Take and Play Club to deliver activities and provide resources that support children's development and improve their wellbeing through play.
  • Fit for Life Youth CIC which is a boxing and fitness programme within 11 schools and colleges across north Kensington.
  • Youth Action Alliance: More than a Woman is a girls only youth club which promotes life skills, wellbeing and female empowerment. This funding will allow them to build on the work they currently deliver.
  • Youth Action Alliance: Stable Way Holidays will deliver a programme of offsite activities for up to 40 travellers aged between six and 16 years old which will offer support to help them stay in school, enrol in college and get into work.
  • Progressay will set up an education and enterprise project that will provide support and wellbeing for young people through a support group
  • Cuban Boxing Academy (part funded) will offer sessions and (where required) therapy in a family, integration and social inclusion focused syllabus.

Successful outcome two projects announced

The successful projects in Outcome Two - Educational opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, enterprise and qualifications - who shared the £100k funding were:

  • Society for Young Artists will engage young people to translate their art into products they can sell through a quarterly pop-up shop
  • Grenfell Community Workshop will use the skills of retired and unemployed technicians and engineers to volunteer to repair and test electrical goods giving them a sense of purpose and self worth as well as reducing isolation.
  • Hear Women will support and empower local women and their children. The project will include cook and talk sessions, how to set up your own enterprise and Mother and Child Saturday Club.
  • Fit for Life Youth will offer six local individuals training on how to deliver boxing and fitness sessions as part of the schools and colleges project plus weekend sessions.
  • Nova New Opportunities will include a programme of activities including events, talks, discussions and workshops, a Legacy Project to allow young people who volunteer to get out of the area and heal and grow as well as running dialogue and life skills workshops.
  • Azza Supplementary School will deliver a safe and productive environment for the community while delivering maths, English and sports activities
  • Kids on the Green will deliver a mobile multi-arts package to the community including aerial circus, mobile music studio and radio podcasting
  • Polaris Aquatic Training (part funded) will provide free swimming lessons for families with multiple siblings/disabilities

The Grenfell Projects Fund is a new grants programme which has made £600k available for this year (2019/20) to support communities affected by the Grenfell tragedy.

The community told us that they would like projects and initiatives to fall within one of the following six categories:

  • Wellbeing for children, young people or adults
  • Educational opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, enterprise and qualifications
  • Social and cultural events that bring communities together and provide information to increase connections across the community including initiatives to reduce isolation for older people
  • Community safety that increases the safety of everyone
  • Activities for young people
  • Food growing/greening and food-based activities that increase communities coming together and enhances the local environment

How much money was available and who could apply

Up to £10k is available for existing tenant and resident associations (who are formally constituted and actively engaged with residents)

  • Up to £10k is available for new collectives who are not formally constituted but have the support of an existing organisation who will support the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Up to £50k is available for new and existing organisations who have operated for less than three years and are formally constituted
  • Over £50k is available for existing organisations who have been formally constituted for more than three years with five full time members of staff or more 

Organisations were able to submit a maximum of two bids as long as they did not exceed the total amount they were eligible to apply for (see bullet pointed list). Groups seeking more than £50k could submit one bid only.

Allocating funds to remaining outcomes

There will be a further Decision Day to decide which projects in the remaining four outcomes receive the money. We will be consulting with those who submitted project ideas and the local community about a date to ensure as many people as possible can attend. Please keep an eye on this page and on our social media feeds for updates.

We have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of project ideas we received so, if your project wasn't successful that doesn't mean it's necessarily the end of the road. We will be looking at ways in which we can support some of those projects who may have just missed out on funding. Watch this space.


Grenfell Projects Fund Guidance Notes

Grenfell Projects Fund Expression of Interest


What we already fund

The Council already provides over £2m of grant funding each year through the Corporate Services Grant.  We fund voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver vital support in communities across the borough. The support we fund includes employment, information, advice and guidance, financial advice, youth projects, community activities and arts and culture activities.

We also provide grant funding to make sure expert capacity building is available to develop existing and new community organisations. In addition to this we provide staffing and other core costs to ensure that residents in the borough have access to expert advice and guidance on things like housing benefit, employment and other legal matters.

We also fund projects through community engagement activities with local residents. Ward councillors identify needs, key community issues and local goals through the City Living Local Life initiative. Councillors can support projects up to £20k per year.  So far north Kensington councillors have awarded £17,249.55 to local projects.