LEAP launches new £70m fund to support regeneration in London
28 June 2017
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced a new £70 million LEAP programme to support growth and community development in London.
The Good Growth Fund is open now to a broad range of public, private and third-sector organisations including London boroughs, community groups and charities that drive regeneration in their local area.
LEAP has set up the fund to help deliver the objective of Good Growth outlined in ‘A City For All Londoners’, the Mayor's document which sets out plans to create a better city for all, where no community is left behind and where everyone has the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
The Good Growth Fund will support projects that are inclusive, innovative and which demonstrate exemplary approaches to challenges faced across London with a particular focus on:
- Empowering people by funding projects that will give Londoners the opportunity to actively participate in their local community and civic life.
- Improving London’s places – its shopfronts, high streets, community and open spaces – by funding projects that are part of a long-term wider effort to improve a place, make better use of the spaces we already have and making places work harder to benefit more people. He also wants to see projects that improve Londoners’ health and wellbeing.
- Growing prosperity by funding innovative projects that support specific industries and economic activity, create new jobs and places of work, and are accessible to the whole community.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am delighted to be launching this fund and making a real push to challenge the preconceptions of how regeneration happens in the capital.
“I am calling on boroughs, community leaders, business organisations and the huge pool of London’s creative talent to bring forward their ideas. Using the ingenuity of this city, people’s enthusiasm and our wealth of expertise, I have no doubt that together we can deliver many engaging, exemplary and innovative projects.”
The fund will support up to 50 per cent of the total project value, with the remainder covered by match funding from the applicant.
LEAP Board member, Dr Celia Caulcott, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the Mayor to invest in regenerating spaces and make them better for all Londoners. Ensuring more first-class environments that reflect the realities of living and working in the city will help Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to feel they are part of their local communities, as well as improving their health and wellbeing.”
Existsing LEAP funded regeneration schemes include Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Incubator Campus, where Peabody are working in partnership with Bow Arts Trust and Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency to deliver affordable workspace and facilities that support the wider community as part of the plans to build new homes and rejuvenate Thamesmead. The iconic Lakeside Centre will be refurbished and fitted out to again become the focus of cultural and community life. The Lakeside Centre is planned to open by April 2018 and will offer 40 new affordable creative workspaces; an inviting and flexible space overlooking Southmere Lake for people to meet, eat, relax, work and learn; and an enterprise kitchen supporting production and training for new catering businesses. The project will also include a new day nursery, a gallery and project space as well as complementary public realm improvements to the route linking Abbey Wood station with the centre.
LEAP have also invested in Centrepoint Café in Soho through the Mayor’s Crowdfund London initiative. The social enterprise café and event space is in the Dean Street building in which the charity for homeless young people opened its first hostel in 1969. Young people aged 16 to 25 will have the opportunity to receive training in the essentials of food hygiene and customer service, obtaining the qualifications and experience needed to secure work in London’s thriving food and hospitality economy. The welcoming and accessible café will be run by homeless young people, giving them the opportunity to integrate into their community in an active and positive way, gaining work experience. Research by The Economist and Pro-Bo Economics has shown Centrepoint’s intervention will lead to a potential benefit to the public purse of nearly £20,000 per young person.