Grenfell Projects Fund

Grenfell Projects Fund Consultation Feb - April 2021

In January and February 2020, the North Kensington community voted to fund a host of local projects as part of the new Grenfell Projects Fund. Now a year on, and with the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brings still present, we are working with the community to design the next year of the programme.

Since 2019, the Grenfell Projects Fund has enabled, and supported Kensington and Chelsea residents affected by the Grenfell tragedy. We are now two years into the council’s five-year Grenfell Recovery Strategy and we're keen to build on the excellent work done by residents in North Kensington and providers to date, in developing community resilience.

This consultation is seeking insight from those who live, work, and learn in North Kensington and those who have been affected by Grenfell but do not currently live in the area.
We have already had some great feedback from residents on what they thought worked well and what could be improved. We want to hear from as many residents as possible on what their views and ideas are so we can deliver the best possible programme that meets the community’s needs.
To get involved and have your say, please complete the survey.
Should you need support in another language or would like someone to complete this on your behalf, please call Kevin Ramsey on 07857 696791 or email
The consultation runs until Thursday 1 April 2021.


Grenfell Projects Fund online presentations

Successful Grenfell Projects Fund recipients are sharing the latest updates from their projects at a series of monthly online presentations.

The sessions are hosted on Zoom and will allow community groups to share how they have adapted their projects to the Covid pandemic.

The next event takes place from 6.30-7.45pm on Tuesday 30 March. A Zoom link will be added to this page ahead of the meeting.

The first presentation evening was held in October 2020 and included presentations from KCS Schools Band, 24 Hearts CIC, Rise Kids, Minds United FC, and the ClementJames Centre.

Community allocate £600k to projects to help north Kensington community

The second Grenfell Projects Fund Decision Day saw £400k allocated to a number of local projects to support the Grenfell community.

Residents voted on Outcomes three and four at the Decision Day held on Saturday 8 February at St Clement Church, Treadgold Street while all of the organisations in Outcomes five and six who presented on the day were allocated their funding as they were within the £100k allocation.

This followed the first Grenfell Projects Fund Decision Day on Saturday 11 January, which saw over 150 north Kensington residents come together to vote on projects in the first two outcomes to help the north Kensington community.

We received 88 project ideas across the six outcomes from organisations, individuals and new collectives. Residents got the chance to decide which projects were allocated the money based on presentations and videos on the days.

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

  • Outcome 1 - Wellbeing for children, young people or adults
  • Outcome 2 - Educational opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, enterprise and qualifications
  • Outcome 3 - 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
  • Outcome 4 - Community safety that increases the safety of everyone
  • Outcome 5 - Activities for young people
  • Outcome 6 - Food growing/greening and food-based activities that increase communities coming together and enhances the local environment

Read the brochure from the second Decision Day.

Grenfell Projects Fund Decision Day - Saturday 8 February Brochure


Successful outcome one projects announced

The successful projects in Outcome 1 - 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 will offer sessions and (where required) therapy in a family, integration and social inclusion focused syllabus.
  • Walk and Cycle London will teach cycling to non-cyclists in North Kensington.

  • Solidarity Sports will provide additional mentoring, skills and employability skills to young volunteers who are supporting other young people in the area.

  • Notting Hill Therapy will be partially funded to deliver community and one-to-one therapy sessions in the community.

Successful outcome two projects announced

The successful projects in Outcome 2 - 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 will provide free swimming lessons for families with multiple siblings/disabilities.
  • Financial Harmony will deliver a programme of money masterclasses to young people aged 14 to 16 and a programme of financial management to adults aged over 19

  • Acava will deliver a creative afterschool club with visits to professional galleries with artists and hold an exhibition of the work created over the year.

  • Teit Ethiopia Orthodox Tewahedo Supplementary School will support children to maintain and protect their heritage language through activities in the local area.

  • Project Sankofa will deliver an innovative 10-week programme for women to inspire and achieve their ambitions through self-expressions and finding your own voice.

  • Gheez Rite Community Association will be partially funded to offer a series of workshops of Teaching Recovery Techniques aimed at children.

Successful outcome three projects announced

The successful projects in Outcome 3 - 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 were:

  • KCS Carnival Band will teach young people between five and 19 living in North Kensington to sign soca songs during Carnival.
  • Tavistock Residents' Association will provide seating for people to come outside and socialise. This will enable them to read a book, play draughts and enjoy the fresh air.
  • 24 Hearts CIC will provide a six-week programme of free drop-in workshops where participants are invited to create street decoration for Notting Hill Carnival 2020.
  • CHUMS will develop a social circle to enable friendships to be formed; bringing together the diversity and cultures that live within the community through social events and workshops.
  • North Kensington Hearts and Minds CIC will deliver free film clubs to run at Bay20 open to all.
  • Kids on The Green will deliver a circus project including pop-up workshops for the whole community from April to September 2020 on green areas in the housing estates closest to Grenfell Tower.
  • New Waves Art will produce a documentary style series of interviews involving a cross-section of local residents’ past and present. Video interviews around their views of how the local area has developed and in some cases been lost.
  • West10Arts will deliver a pilot projects of creative workshops that will explore classical text such as Shakespeare’s sonnets and deliver a creative pilot workshop incorporating movement, music and drama.
  • The Photography Project (part funded) will engage young people into photography by accessing cameras and taking new pictures of their lives.

Successful outcome four projects announced 

The successful projects in Outcome 4 - Community safety that increases the safety of everyone were:

  • Harrow Club W10 will provide a weekend youth club on Saturday evenings for 11-to-19-year-olds, including food, refreshments and minibus transport.
  • Muay Thai Local will deliver three 12-week pilot courses in basic Muay Thai and self-defence techniques, enabling a healthier lifestyle while promoting positive mental health.
  • Jacquerie London will provide direct practical support and assistance, including weekly advice and support surgeries and community events which bring people together, increase social involvement and interaction, and improve health and wellbeing.
  • The ClementJames Centre with Crosslight and NK Law Centre will see ClementJames partner with Crosslight Advice and North Kensington Law Centre to offer a comprehensive package of information, advice and guidance around benefits, housing, money, relationships and immigration advice.
  • Volunteer Centre and Lanc West will facilitate a range of opportunities to enable local people to get out, increase social and community safety and improve the place that they live.
  • Venture Community Association will cater for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing through specialist activities such as non-contact boxing, swimming, sound healing music therapy, art therapy, eco play, yoga and more. The project will also recruit a community development assistant.

Successful outcome five projects announced 

The successful projects in Outcome 5 - Activities for young people were:

  • Urbanwise.London will teach nine-to-12-years-olds about the environment with an entrepreneurial perspective through hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities at North Kensington Library.
  • Corner Nine Arts Project will run a holiday woodwork club for children aged six and over, promoting hand-eye-brain sensory connectivity, environmental sustainability and skills associated with using hand tools.
  • Allegorical will inspire creativity in young people through workshops in cinematography, photography, clothing manufacture, creative direction and leadership with creative production.
  • Optimum Sports Academy will create a vlogging programme to allow young people to document and promote their journeys through sport.
  • Kensington Dragons U17 Teams will host football and fitness training sessions to help teenagers navigate the transition into adulthood. They will also organise a team tour to Belgium.
  • Chickenshed will run a six-month project delivering after-school children’s theatre workshops at Oxford Gardens Primary School, culminating in a summer performance at The Playground Theatre.
  • RISE Kids will extend its after-school club for five-to-11-year-olds from three to five days a week.
  • 240 Project will create a safe space to support young people and adults who suffer from mental health issues, addictions, stress or PTSD.

Successful outcome six projects announced 

The successful projects in Outcome 6 - Food growing/greening and food based initiatives that increase communities coming together and enhances the local environment were:

Corner Nine Arts Project will run during school holidays to help families learn how to run gardens in their communities.

A Plant For Every Home will deliver a plant to every home on the Lancaster West Estate, opening up a conversation around green issues.

Tavistock Garden Club will buy a greenhouse, cold boxes, soil, seeds and pots, offer teaching sessions and organise get-togethers to allow its community to continue to grow.

Convent Estate RA will transform the green space on the Convent Estate, creating a garden with plants from all its residents’ countries and making a film and website to capture the process.

Let’s Co-design Meanwhile Gardens will deliver a co-design process for Meanwhile Gardens to secure a long-term lease for the gardens.

Grenfell Shrooms will create and develop a mushroom growing space run by residents to learn growing skills and get together once a month to eat mushrooms through other projects running community kitchens.

Swinbrook Estate RA will create a new kitchen garden with 12 raised bed kits to allow a dozen North Kensington residents to meet neighbours, engage in physical activity and enjoy an improved diet.

Just Solutions 123 will appoint a qualified landscape architect to conduct a feasibility study over the installation of a geodesic dome greenhouse, creating a green infrastructure along the Westway near Maxilla.

Food Therapy and Reflection will allow community members to come together on the 14th of every month away from the Silent Walk, providing food, cultural songs and dances and a safe space for reflection.

Trees 4 Grenfell will provide additional trees and planting schemes to North Kensington.

The Grenfell Projects Fund is a new grants programme which 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 was available for existing tenant and resident associations (who are formally constituted and actively engaged with residents)

  • Up to £10k was 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 was available for new and existing organisations who have operated for less than three years and are formally constituted
  • Over £50k was 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.

We were 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