The community groups to receive funding for ventures that bring people together and co-design projects have been announced this week.
Eight projects will receive a share of the £50,000 pot of money from Ealing Council’s Ealing Together Fund (ETF). The ETF is a crowdfunding opportunity that encourages the community to take the lead on projects that are built on local knowledge, relationships and assets, empowering people that have the respect and trust of their community.
The most recent bids for funding were received by the council earlier this year and the successful applicants are:
- A.P.P.L.E’s kitchen hub
- Open Southall Creative Community Hub
- Fix the Walls at 7th Hanwell Scout HQ
- Acton Circular
- Perivale Primary edible garden
- Umeed digital hub – Ealing
- Go Back Home
- Community cohesion in Ealing
The project ideas include building renovations, a new community kitchen, providing computers and activities for communities and much more.
Vicki Barker, Co-founder and Project Coordinator at A.P.P.LE. said: “A.P.P.L.E. are delighted to have reached our crowdfunding target. It mean so much to everyone who comes to A.P.P.L.E. We will now be able to build our new kitchen. This will mean that we can cook more at our out-of-school activity sessions and teach more children to cook.
“It has been so heartening to see the support we have received from the community especially in these difficult times for so many of our families. Thank you to everyone who contributed and thank you to Ealing Together for their support.
“The next part of our Kitchen Hub project is to create a beautiful outdoor eating area in our garden.”
Councillor Polly Knewstub, the council’s cabinet member for thriving communities, added: “These are all wonderful and well-deserving projects that will help to make the borough a better place for communities to flourish.
“These groups and residents are making a real difference to their community and the council is delighted to be able to support them in providing services that reflect the borough’s diverse cultural and community needs.”
Find out more about the Ealing Together Fund and how to get involved on the council’s Do Something Good website.