New High Street Fund open for your applications
The Mayor of London wants your ideas for making London’s high streets even better places to visit, live in and do business. To do this he’s offering a ‘High Street Fund’ whereby businesses or community organisations can submit their ideas and bid for grants of up to £20,000.
The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014 and the fund will run for one year, between April 2015 and March 2016.
It’s easy to apply and you can do so through the special SpaceHive website: http://spacehive.com/initiatives/mayoroflondon
Any group that applies needs to provide 25% match funding, although this could be in kind, can come after the project is finished, or you could try crowdfunding via the website.
The High Street Fund is the latest in a series of funding rounds, which started in 2011 with Round One of the Outer London Fund, aimed specifically at helping London’s high streets to grow and become more vibrant. Both West Norwood (pictured above) and Streatham benefitted from this fund and we hope high streets across the borough can now benefit from the £9m that will now be available until March 2016.
Funding will be directed to places that have potential for growth and where there is the commitment and capacity for real long-term change. Successful projects will create vibrant, attractive places that underpin good growth and they will address the interrelated challenges of accommodating new homes on London’s high streets, while nurturing businesses and enhancing civic life.
Do let us know if you apply as we’d like to keep in touch with how you get on. You can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your comment below.