Grenfell Housing Legacy Fund
In December 2020, the Council agreed to establish a new £1m Grenfell Housing Legacy Fund to support Housing initiatives for residents in Council-owned properties or placed by the Council in temporary accommodation in Notting Dale ward.
This new fund is a resident-led initiative which aims to support projects that seek to establish a longer-term sustainable legacy through meaningful engagement with local people. Residents will be able to put project ideas forward which fall under a number of themes, including economic opportunities, inclusion and accessibility and children and young people. Ideas will be put out to vote on an estate-by-estate basis and residents will decide on the projects which will receive funding.
A wide-ranging consultation on the overall shape of the fund and the key themes took place between March and May 2021 and we received feedback from over 120 people. You can read the summary of the feedback from the consultation. On the basis of what we heard, the Council agreed a final proposal for the fund in July 2021.
Please visit our RBKC committees page to read the full Leadership Team report.
We have now written to all eligible residents to ask for their ideas for projects that could be supported through this initiative and to offer them support in developing their proposals.
To submit an idea for how your local budget could be spent please use the link below. Submissions close on 24 October 2021.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- What is the Grenfell Housing Legacy Fund?
The Grenfell Housing Legacy Fund is a £1m ringfenced budget made available to support housing initiatives for residents living in Council owned properties or placed in temporary accommodation by the Council in Notting Dale (including the site at Stable Way). This new fund aims to address some of the longstanding housing legacy issues in the ward and create long term sustainable change that is meaningful to local people.
- How does the fund work in practice?
The fund will be allocated to groups of properties. In practice this will mean estates will be given a local budget that will cover properties on the estate and any additional properties close by. Funding will be allocated based on the total number of properties in the group. This is to ensure fairness.
Residents living within these groups of properties will be able to submit project proposals and bid for some or all of their local estate budget. These proposals will be voted on by residents within the property group.
- Who can apply for the fund?
Anyone living within a Council owned property or placed in Temporary Accommodation by the Council within Notting Dale Ward can apply (including residents at the Stable Way site). Eligible residents will be written to by the Council and invited to apply.
- What projects could the fund cover?
The fund can cover any physical project or service that falls into at least one of the following themes:
- Projects that increase economic opportunities for residents;
- Projects that focus on sustainability, the environment, and green spaces;
- Projects that focus on community safety;
- Projects that promote inclusion and accessibility;
- Projects that promote residents having their own voice; and/or
- Projects that provide opportunities and support for Children and Young People.
- What cannot be funded?
Any project that does not meet at least one of the themes listed above. In addition, projects must meet the below criteria
- Housing Legacy projects must be clearly linked to Grenfell and focused on:
- addressing its impact; and/or
- building a positive legacy for local residents.
- Projects must show longevity of project outcomes and achieving long term sustainable, lasting change for residents;
- Projects must fall under at least one of the listed themes and can be wide ranging including physical projects and improvements such as enhancements to existing underutilised spaces or the creation of new green spaces. It could also include other services or initiatives such as training programmes that show long term benefits;
- The project must be workable in practice. This will be determined during the review process for submitted proposals;
- Projects must not conflict with or duplicate other projects in the area and/or resources;
- Projects cannot cost more than the allocated estate budget unless:
- match funding capability is proven; or
- the proposal is expected to show ward wide benefit and is requesting to be put out to vote on multiple estates. Housing Management will review projects that may require any ongoing revenue costs and will work with residents to address these costs to factor them in to the budget or secure agreement that they could be met from mainstream resources.
- Proposals must be new projects to the area. This means they:
- Cannot be used to fund existing initiatives run by organisations currently funded by the Council and/or the Grenfell recovery budget.
- Cannot be used to fund initiatives that would fall under the criteria for funding by mainstream services such as a physical improvement to an estate that would ordinarily fall under the Council’s estate improvement budgets.
- Projects must show that they are inclusive in both their approach and their outcomes.
- Housing Legacy projects must be clearly linked to Grenfell and focused on:
- Can I submit a proposal for more than one estate budget?
Yes, if your project has wider benefits.
In your application, you will need to indicate that you wish to bid for more than one estate budget and show how your project will be beneficial to the residents of the estates it will cover.
When project proposals are put to public vote, all relevant estates will have the opportunity to vote on your proposal and you will need to be successful at voting stage for all relevant estates if you wish to combine estate budgets.
- I have an idea, but I don’t want to deliver the project. Can I submit a proposal?
Yes, as long as the project idea meets the criteria, it can be submitted. If you do not want to deliver the project yourself, council officers can work with you and/or other interested residents to help develop the proposal and if successful at voting stage, find an appropriate delivery partner.
- What support is being offered?
Council officers will be offering wide ranging support. This will be tailored to individual needs, and include:
- Online and in person events for residents who would like to hear more about the Fund, need help developing their ideas or support completing the submissions form.
- Regular meetings with residents’ associations and interested residents on individual estates.
- One to one support from officers, which you can register for through email@example.com.
- Support available includes translations of and/or accessible formats of all guidance documents and forms. Accessible formats for documents including brail, or reasonable adjustments to in person events can be made available on request.
- How can I apply?
You can submit a proposal online, by e-mail or by post anytime until 24 October.
- I need extra help developing my idea or need support filling out the submissions form, who can I ask?
We want to ensure projects are as resident led as possible. In the first instance, please do speak to your local Residents Association, who have experience creating projects for your estate and working with the Council.
Your friends and neighbours might also have useful thoughts about how your proposal could work.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org and officers will be happy to help talk through your idea or the form.
In addition, officers will be offering a number of in person and online events for your estate.
- I’ve submitted a proposal for a project, what happens next and when will I hear back?
Thank you for submitting your proposal. Council officers will work with interested residents and Residents Associations to check your proposal meets one of the listed themes and criteria.
If your project doesn’t meet the criteria, don’t worry. Housing officers will arrange a meeting with you either online, by phone or in person to talk through the reasons why, how you can develop your idea and potential options for you.
Tips for applicants
- Try to be as clear as possible in your application and answer every question the best you can.
- Attend one of the available support events or contact housing officers to talk through your project and how it will work in practice. This is especially useful if you are stuck answering questions around impact of your project, how you will ensure it is sustainable and how you will seek extra funding if needed. Council officers can refer you to colleagues and partner organisations to help you answer some of these questions as well as help identify potential additional funding.
- Our team can help with any questions you have about to process, filling out the proposal form or the developing your idea. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.