Quintain and The London Community Foundation have announced the launch of The Wembley Park Community Fund, a three-year programme creating grants of £1,000 – £10,000 with a total pot worth up to £150,000 for local people.
The Fund, an exciting new venture led by Quintain, the developer behind Wembley Park, in partnership with their key contractors Wates, McLaren, John Sisk & Son, and McAleer & Rushe, aims to make a real difference to local residents in Wembley Park and the surrounding area by encouraging community engagement and participation through funding a variety of community-led activities.
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are now available to charities, community or voluntary organisations. The grants, which are open to applicants until 19 June 2017, will be centred around three core themes – Better Places – making Brent a great place to live, work and visit; Better Lives – supporting education, employment and good health and Better Locally – ensuring local networks and services work effectively.
To ensure that local people benefit from these grants, priority will be given to Brent residents and community-led organisations. Wembley Park residents will also benefit from their own grass roots activities, as proposals for activities taking place in the Yellow Pavilion and other spaces in the area, including proposals engaging local people not currently involved in Wembley Park and projects involving young children and elderly or vulnerable adults, will be given priority.
The fund will be available for at least the next three years (2017-19). Quintain and their team of contractors will make an initial donation of £68,000 for grant making in 2017 and a minimum donation of £50,000 is committed for the following two years (2018 / 2019), making a total donation of over £150,000.
Angus Dodd, Chief Executive of Quintain, said:
We’re delighted to announce the launch of The Wembley Park Community Fund today. We’re now encouraging local organisations to apply for grants of up to £10,000 in the next two months. The intention is that these grants will be of direct benefit to the wider Brent and Wembley communities and reflective of the Fund’s core themes of Better Places, Better Lives, Better Locally. I certainly would like to see the benefits of the Wembley Park regeneration spread wider through the borough.
Adding to this, Russell Delew, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said:
The London Community Foundation are dedicated to supporting local community groups and believe when local people are empowered and given opportunities, their neighbourhoods will thrive. This is why we are thrilled to announce the launch of The Wembley Park Community Fund through our partnership with Quintain and their partners as it is a brilliant opportunity to achieve these aims and support the community groups and residents of Brent.
Applications are now open, and will close on 19 June 2017. Those wishing to find out more information visit here
Successful application will be awarded by August 2017 and will be decided by a panel consisting of up to seven people, including local stakeholders from Brent and Wembley Park, including Quintain.