The Elephant & Castle Community Fund is now open for 2021 applications. Set up in 2012 by Lendlease, the Australian property and infrastructure business, and Southwark Council, the £50,000 fund aims to support the local Elephant & Castle community during the area’s regeneration. Lendlease and Southwark Council are jointly delivering Elephant Park, a £2.3bn regeneration project in the heart of Elephant & Castle.
The fund is managed by the London Community Foundation and is for projects which will build on the strength of local people, celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area, and support the people who are most in need in this time of change. Grants are available from between £500 to £10,000.
Applicants must show that their project addresses one of the following themes: Further Education, Skill Building, Training & Entrepreneurship; Arts and Culture; Environment; Young People; Wellbeing. It must also be of benefit to people who live, work or study in the Elephant & Castle Opportunity area, and show how it is addressing a local need.
Now in its 9th year, the fund has donated to date £450,000 to the community. Last year’s recipients included The Blue Elephant Theatre, Disability Sports Coach, Blackfriars Settlement, Ripe Enterprises Ltd., InSpire at St Peters.
Online applications can be made via the London Community Foundation’s website, where there are full details and guidance on the eligibility criteria. The deadline is midday on the 24th May 2021.
Lendlease Project Director for Elephant Park, Kristy Lansdown said: “It’s great to see the breadth and diversity of projects that have benefited from the Elephant & Castle Community Fund over the years, and we’re proud to join together with Southwark Council once again in 2021. We are committed to creating a thriving, inclusive and sustainable community at Elephant Park, and are pleased to support community projects which directly benefit those who live, work and study in the Elephant & Castle area.”
A spokesperson for Blackfriars Settlement, one of last year’s recipients, said: “Grant funding has helped us meet the costs of supporting local older people during this very difficult last year. When lockdown started we switched our services to remote support and the team has been incredibly busy responding to the needs of our members. They have been providing regular befriending calls, emergency shopping, meal deliveries, activity packs and online and telephone conferencing group sessions to try and keep them as connected as possible.”