The first round of grants from the London Dock Community Fund has been awarded to a social club for elderly Tower Hamlets residents, a sports club for young men experiencing social exclusion and two community gardening projects.
Craig Carson, Managing Director of St George City said: "We are delighted that the first round of grants from the London Dock Community Fund has been awarded to such fantastic and worthwhile projects.
"These gardening, sports and social clubs - run by local people, for local people - will really benefit the community around London Dock."
The fund was launched by St George to support the local community around its London Dock development in Wapping. St George is making £18,000 of grants available each year for the lifetime of the construction project.
Under the funding categories of 'Greening the Ward' (gardening and environmental initiatives) and 'Small Grants' (one off items, up to £250), the grants were awarded by the East End Community Foundation to:
- Society Links - £250 towards equipment for a community gardening club
- Young at Heart Club - £250 towards the running costs of a social club for elderly Tower Hamlets residents
- St Katharine's Sports and Social Association - £250 towards equipment for a sports club which engages with young men experiencing social exclusion and deprivation
- Cable Street Community Gardens: £820 towards a poly-tunnel which will expand the sheltered growing space of allotments for community gardening
Applications to the London Dock Community Fund are open to not-for-profit organisations involving local people and offering clear benefits for the community.
The next round of grants will be for Summer Programme activities (grants of up to £5,000, total budget of £13,500) in Wapping, St Katharine's and Shadwell. The deadline for applications is 13 April 2015. Interested parties should contact East End Community Foundation on 020 7345 4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website www.eastendcf.org, for more information on the eligibility criteria.
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Notes to Editor
About St George:
St George is proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group and is London's leading mixed use developer, regenerating brownfield land to create thriving new communities in attractive landscaped environments.
Since 2000 St George has delivered over 8,730 new homes; over 2,400 of which are affordable; 836,000 sq ft of commercial floor space and 83,000 sq ft of community space, as well as 30 acres of open space.
In 2002, St George was the first residential developer to be granted the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The Berkeley Group as a whole received this prestigious accolade in 2008 and again in 2014.
Each home St George delivers creates or sustains 5.6 jobs.
About London Dock:
In March 2014, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets granted permission to St George to transform London Dock site in Wapping into a residential-led mixed use development.
The world-class Patel Taylor masterplan includes:
- 1,800 homes, 486 homes of which will be affordable (30% of overall habitable rooms)
- 210,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace
- Six acres public open space including a major new civic square
- Land for a six form entry secondary school and sixth form college (1,200 pupils)
The construction of London Dock started in September 2014.
St George is contributing over £6 million in Section 106 funding for:
- Local leisure facilities
- Public open space
- Public realm improvements
- Extensive local employment and training commitments, including 65 apprenticeships
About the London Dock Community Fund
In December 2014, St George launched the London Dock Community Fund to support the local community around London Dock. £18,000 of grants is available each year of the construction programme.
The fund is managed by East End Community Foundation, who distribute grants to eligible projects in the council wards of St Katharine's and Wapping and Shadwell (LAP 4).
The eligibility criteria for London Dock Community Fund grants in 2015 is:
|Small Grants||Greening the Ward||Summer Programme|
Projects that will contribute positively to the local area by improving the green spaces, public areas and street environments.
Quality summer provision for children and young people which improves motivation and engagement with education, increasing personal development, increasing access to new cultural experiences and reducing the likelihood of antisocial behaviour.
|Applications up to||£250||£1,000|
About East End Community Foundation
East End Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and opportunities for people living in the East End. By funding grass roots organisations and directly delivering projects, the organisation aims to raise educational achievement, enhance employability and increase social cohesion.
East End Community Foundation's deep understanding of the needs of local communities and unique partnership with residents, frontline services and businesses enables us to provide targeted support and create real lasting change.