Sadiq Khan today awarded £24 million of funding to projects from across the capital that will enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.
More than 200 bids for funding were made to the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), and 27 are now being taken forward, with several organisations receiving funding in the next few months.
All of the successful projects will deliver social and economic improvements including investment in community assets, workspaces, green infrastructure and cultural venues.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am using this funding to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play.
“The projects I announced funding for today will help us to tackle inequality, strengthen civil society, and ensure the benefits of regeneration are felt by all.”
A wide range of cultural projects and organisations were successful in their bids for funding. They include:
- The delivery of a dedicated HQ for the Southbank Centre’s new education programme and an expanded and improved skate space.
- The creation of a new creative digital industry workspace and community enterprise and skills hub at Waterloo Works.
- The redevelopment of the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning centre in Herne Hill.
- Funding for Lower Lea Threads, which will assist the Mayor’s efforts to establish a fashion district in east London.
- Investment in Mountview, a world-leading drama school and provider of high quality arts, education, skills-building and wellbeing activities in south London also made a successful bid for funding, which will actively support groups including Londoners of a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background.
These projects demonstrate the important role that culture has to play in the regeneration of communities, highlighting the Mayor’s commitment to culture and the creative industries across the city.