Grenfell Recovery Strategy

Grenfell Projects Fund

The Grenfell Projects Fund was introduced as part of the Council’s five-year Grenfell Recovery Strategy and provides grants to local residents and organisations to support North Kensington’s community-led recovery.

We’re now into the third year of the Strategy and currently working with our Residents-led Panel to design and roll out the next round of the Grenfell Projects Fund. 

Our Resident-led Panel

Following a recruitment drive, we now have 11 residents from North Kensington that sit on the CLP and GPF Resident-led Panel. 

The Panel was created after months of engagement with residents where they requested greater transparency over how money was allocated for both the Grenfell Projects Fund and the Community Leadership Programme. Those who joined the Panel will be:

  • Sharing their personal experiences of both GPF1 and CLP1
  • Shaping future GPF2 grants programmes and CLP2 community commissioning processes
  • Co-designing the GPF2 grant application and assessment processes
  • Observing, monitoring and quality assuring the GPF2 grants programme and CLP2 commissioning process
  • Evaluating both the GPF2 and CLP2
  • Receiving training that will help them fulfil their roles

Grenfell Projects Fund 2

The Main Application stage for the second round of the Grenfell Projects Fund is now open to successful PQQ applicants. 

These applicants have been emailed a link to the Main Application and must complete it by 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022. If you successfully passed the PQQ stage but have not received the link, please contact GrenfellCommunityTeam@rbkc.gov.uk

Once the Main Application stage has closed, local residents will be invited to view video presentations of each project and cast their vote via an online voting platform. Details on how to get involved will be released throughout January 2022.

Applicant support 

Support workshops

To help GPF2 applicants throughout this stage, we’ve partnered with Portobello Business Centre and Styleutions to run a selection of support workshops that will provide additional guidance.
These workshops will:

  • Help applicants to improve their understanding of the GPF2 application process
  • Teach applicants to use monitoring and impact measurement to develop the design of their project 
  • Grow and strengthen applications and organisations through fundraising and training 
  • Improve communication and collaboration between project providers

Applicants will also have access to a personalised 1-2-1 session with an advisor who will look at all aspects of their application to identify ways it can be improved. All applicants are strongly advised to access this support.

  • These workshops are being held on Wednesday mornings throughout January 2022. To book your place, please complete the online form, email info@pbc.co.uk or call 020 7460 5050.
  • To book a confidential 1-2-1 session, please email info@pbc.co.uk or call 020 7460 5050.
Resident-led Panel surgeries

The Resident-led Panel will also be hosting a number of drop-in surgeries throughout North Kensington for applicants. These surgeries will allow applicants to ask any questions they may have and receive guidance from the Panellists about the completion of their application. Information about the surgeries and how to access them will be emailed directly to applicants. 

Grenfell Projects Fund 1 

In January and February 2020, the North Kensington community voted to fund a host of local projects as part of the first round of the Grenfell Projects Fund. 

Each project idea was presented over two Decision Days and residents voted on those they wanted to support across six outcomes, with £100k available for each outcome. Of the 88 project submissions, 47 were fully funded with three receiving partial funding.

An additional £100k was later allocated by the Council to a selection of unsuccessful projects that were favoured by the public vote but narrowly missed out on funding.  

Following this increase, a total of 55 projects were fully funded with three projects receiving partial funding. Find out which projects were funded under each outcome below.

Outcome 1 - Wellbeing for children, young people or adults

Minds United Football Club to provide football sessions for adults in the local community who have mental health issues/substance misuse issues following the Grenfell tragedy.
Swimunity to offer free swimming workshops to children aged six to 12, as well as sessions for mixed adults and women only.

1 Utd to create a safe, informal and open access space for young people aged 17 to 25 to provide training and help them find solutions for day-to-day issues.

Lancaster West Children's Network to set up a community Take and Play Club to deliver activities and provide resources that support child development and improve wellbeing through play.

Fit for Life Youth CIC to fund a boxing and fitness programme that operates within 11 schools and colleges across North Kensington.

Youth Action Alliance: More than a Woman to fund a girls-only youth club which promotes life skills, wellbeing and female empowerment. 

Youth Action Alliance: Stable Way Holidays to deliver a programme of offsite activities for up to 40 travellers aged between six and 16. The programme offers support to help them stay in school, enrol in college and get into work.

Progressay to set up an education and enterprise project that provides support and wellbeing for young people through a support group.

Cuban Boxing Academy to offer boxing and therapy sessions through a family, integration and social inclusion-focused syllabus.

Walk and Cycle London to teach non-cyclists in North Kensington how to ride a bike.

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

Notting Hill Therapy which is partially funded to deliver community and one-to-one therapy sessions.

Outcome 2 - Educational opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, enterprise and qualifications

Society for Young Artists to help young people translate their art into products they can sell at a quarterly pop-up shop. 

Grenfell Community Workshop to use the skills of retired and unemployed technicians and engineers to repair and test electrical goods, giving them a sense of purpose and self-worth as well as reducing isolation.

Hear Women to support and empower local women and their children through cook and talk sessions, workshops on how to set up your own enterprise and a Mother and Child Saturday Club.

Fit for Life Youth to offer six local individuals training on how to deliver boxing and fitness sessions, as well as holding boxing sessions in local schools.

Nova New Opportunities to host a programme of activities including life skills and digital workshops, coding classes for children, educational trips and discussions.

Azza Supplementary School to create a safe and productive environment for the community while delivering maths, English and sports activities. 

Kids on the Green to deliver a mobile multi-arts package to the community including aerial circus, mobile music studio and radio podcasting. 

Polaris Aquatic Training to provide free swimming lessons for families with multiple siblings and/or children with disabilities.

Financial Harmony to deliver a programme of money masterclasses to young people aged 14 to 16 and a programme of financial management to adults over the age of 19.

Acava to deliver a creative afterschool club and host an exhibition of the work created, alongside visits to art galleries.

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

Project Sankofa to deliver an innovative 10-week programme for women to help them achieve their ambitions through self-expression and voice-finding.

Gheez Rite Community Association which is partially funded to offer a series of workshops about teaching recovery techniques for children.

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

KCS Carnival Band to teach sign language to young people in North Kensington aged five to 19 so they can sign Soca songs during Notting Hill Carnival.

Tavistock Residents' Association to provide outdoor seating for residents so they can socialise and enjoy the fresh air.

24 Hearts CIC to provide a six-week programme of free drop-in workshops where participants are invited to create street decorations for Notting Hill Carnival.

CHUMS to develop a social circle that enables friendships to be formed, bringing together different cultures through social events and workshops.

North Kensington Hearts and Minds CIC to deliver free film clubs at Bay20 for the community.

Kids on The Green to deliver a circus project including pop-up workshops on green areas in the housing estates surrounding Grenfell Tower.

New Waves Art to produce a documentary-style series of interviews involving local residents from the past and present about how the local area has developed.

West10Arts to deliver creative workshops that will explore classical text, movement, music and drama.

The Photography Project which is partially funded to encourage young people to take an interest in photography, giving them access to cameras and workshops.

Outcome 4 - Community safety that increases the safety of everyone

Harrow Club W10 to provide a weekend youth club on Saturday evenings for children aged 11 to 19, including refreshments and minibus transport.

Muay Thai Local to 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 to provide direct practical support and assistance, including weekly advice, 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 to 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 to facilitate a range of opportunities to enable local people to increase social and community safety and improve the area they live in.

Venture Community Association to 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. 

Outcome 5 - Activities for young people

Urbanwise.London to teach those aged between nine and 12 about the environment with an entrepreneurial perspective through hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities at North Kensington Library.

Corner Nine Arts Project to 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 to inspire creativity in young people through workshops in cinematography, photography, clothing manufacture, creative direction and leadership with creative production.
Optimum Sports Academy to create a vlogging programme to allow young people to document and promote their journeys through sport.

Kensington Dragons U17 Teams to host football and fitness training sessions to help teenagers navigate the transition into adulthood. They will also organise a team tour to Belgium.

Chickenshed to 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 to extend its after-school club for five to 11-year-olds from three to five days a week.

240 Project to create a safe space to support young people and adults who suffer from mental health issues, addictions, stress or PTSD.

Outcome 6 - Food growing/greening and food-based activities that increase communities coming together and enhances the local environment

Corner Nine Arts Project to teach families throughout the school holidays how to manage community gardens.

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

Tavistock Garden Club to buy a greenhouse and gardening equipment, offer teaching sessions and organise socials to allow the community to continue to grow.

Convent Estate RA to transform the green space on the Convent Estate by 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 to deliver a co-design process for Meanwhile Gardens to secure a long-term lease for the gardens.

Grenfell Shrooms to create and develop a mushroom growing space run by residents to teach them gardening skills, as well as cooking and tasting the mushrooms in local community kitchens.

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

Just Solutions 123 to 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 to allow community members to come together on the 14 of every month away from the Silent Walk, providing food, cultural songs, dances and a safe space for reflection.

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

Last updated: 13 January 2022