West London gets share of good growth funds

The final round of the Mayor of London’s Good Growth fund has given West London projects a share of the £24m on offer.
Launched in 2017 and delivered in partnership with the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), the Good Growth Fund seeks to make London fairer and more inclusive by strengthening civic networks at a local level, encouraging innovation and supporting great design. In total, the Fund has supported 138 projects, allocating more than £75 million.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London’s growth places significant pressures on our high streets and open spaces – the funding I’m announcing today will help create healthier and more inclusive places to work, live and visit.”
The West London projects funded are:
  • North End Road – A Community Led Re-Design (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) – A multi-faceted place-based project focused on improving the high street and market along North End Road – receives £1,000,000
  • Open Havelock, Catalyst Housing (London Borough of Ealing) – To deliver a new canoe club, multi-use sports facility, and workspace, alongside a new play space within the Havelock Estate utilising a series of undercroft spaces that are currently fenced off. The project will also improve the public realm to the Estate’s edge with the Grand Union Canal and deliver an innovative evaluation programme to monitor the long-term impact – receives £517,587
  • West London Disability Hub, Action on Disability (Hammersmith) – To create a new community and service centre for disabled Londoners. The centre will provide benefits advice, employability training, employer training as well as independent living courses. The works will fit out a ground floor unit within a new-build development, as well as create a new community garden space at the back of the community centre – receives £153,670
The Mayor has also made pledges worth £343,500 through the seventh round of his Crowdfund London programme.

In the latest round, Mayoral pledges include £50,000 to The Lexi Hub Appeal in Brent – the UK’s first social enterprise cinema. If successful, its crowdfunding campaign will help it provide 2,000 hours of additional community activities, screenings and volunteering opportunities each year, as part of its wider work to tackle isolation and support the local community.

Under the crowdfunding model, once each campaign successfully reaches their fundraising target the Mayoral pledges will be released. The programme is delivered in partnership with civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive.

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