Locality supports community organisations to become strong and successful and in 2019 was appointed fund manager for LHC’s Community Benefit Fund in London and the South East.
In its third year of allocating grants, the fund continues to make a difference to communities across eight different regions.
This year the grant has donated £86,358 split over 16 different organisations across 8 boroughs in London and the Southeast.
We were fortunate last year to receive significant funding to begin initial works on a historic building that we were so pleased to be able to bring back to life, for community purpose and use. Clare Samways from The Oasis Partnership
The project has helped to fund 48 projects so far. These brilliant organisations do a vast array of work within their local communities and show a positive impact in one of these areas:
- Outcomes for young people
- Health inequalities or social prescribing
- Jobs and skills: Increased participation for underrepresented groups
The organisations range from youth centres, women’s groups, supported learning workshops and employment programmes to asylum seeker aid, restoration of community buildings and more.
Ethan James, Acting Regional Manager for LHC London & South East said: “We are extremely proud that the LHC Community Benefit Fund has been able to support so many incredible local organisations as well as the people they serve. Yet again, it has been a fantastic year and we are really pleased to see such a diverse range of organisations awarded grant funding for the year ahead.
For any queries or further information about the LHC Community Benefit Fund, please email LHCFund@locality.org.uk
“Thanks to the LHC members, our champions, and partners in the boroughs for helping us select such a fantastic cohort this year! As well as making the awards, Locality aims to support the grantee organisations throughout the year and into the future. We look forward to working with them to maximise their social value starting which started with our impact measurement workshop in February.”
Dr Etheldreda Kong
“Without the funding from LHC, a small young community organisation like ours would not be able to have the much-needed cultural, health and well-being activities for the communities that we do.”
“The grant came at the right time, and it has made a great impact on the Youth Club here. It helps us to maintain our staff and volunteers to provide a service that our young people need. We have a great space and different activities to get them engaged and offer 1-2-1 homework mentoring. It amazing to see how much they love the space and enjoy themselves, that is why this funding is like gold to us.”
“The LHC Community Benefit Fund is supporting a partnership of grassroots women’s groups in north Islington. Not only will we be able to deliver more activities to assist the wellbeing of our members, but it will also enable our groups to work more closely together – learning from each other’s good practice, collaborating around service delivery, and offering peer support.”