Areas in three North London boroughs are to get grants from the Big Lottery fund aimed at improvement.
Grange Estate, Barnet, the St James Street Area, Waltham Forest, and Elthorne Estate, Islington are among nine areas in London who will each get £1m over ten years.
The money is targetted at ‘forgotten’ pockets of the country – areas typically overlooked by external funders.
The areas have been pinpointed by BIG as ones that have previously been overlooked for funding and investment, that face a range of different issues from the decline of industry to high levels of unemployment and crime, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.
Residents must come together to do the best they can with their £1 million, which can be used on anything from training and employment schemes, to tackling anti-social behaviour, creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people.
As well as funding for improvements, each area will receive training and support from Local Trust – an organisation set up to deliver Big Local – to help residents spend the funding and increase their confidence, skills and know-how so they are better able to come together make positive changes in their areas in future.