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Applications open for £35,000 Community Fund

June 15, 2021

The Brent Cross Town Community Fund has returned for its third year, with £35,000 available to local charities and community organisations. 

Brent Cross Town, the 180-acre new town centre regeneration project in North London, is offering grants of between £500-£5,000. It is targeted at groups and initiatives based in and around Childs Hill, Golders Green and West Hendon, which have new ideas or existing projects that boost local wellbeing and celebrate the community. 

Applications are now open and will close on the 15 July, with funds expected to be awarded by early August 2021. 

Those eligible to apply for the grant include:  

  • Informal and formal community groups 
  • Local charities and local branches of national charities  
  • Schools and educational organisations 
  • Not-for-profit organisations 
  • Social enterprises 

Over the last two years 18 community groups have won £55,000-worth of funding. In 2021, Brent Cross Town’s Community Fund is targeted at initiatives that create flourishing communities and that reflect the ambition for the new town centre to be an inclusive, people-first place which strives to be healthy and sustainable. The fund will prioritise entries that support its key themes of Outdoors and Active, Mental and Physical Wellbeing, and Community Togetherness.  

Nick Searl, Partner of Argent Related and Joint CEO of Brent Cross Town, said: “The Brent Cross Town Community Fund is an example of our commitment to providing benefits to the local community from the very beginning of our development. We have provided funds for some very important local projects in previous rounds and we are looking forward to supporting more brilliant initiatives that celebrate the togetherness and wellbeing of the local community.”

The fund is being delivered by Semble, an independent organisation which will manage the grant process. Community organisations will be able to apply for the Brent Cross Town Community Fund through Semble’s newly launched funding platform, Action Funder. The platform allows community groups to apply for funding with written or video pitches, making it easier than ever to apply.  

Councillor Daniel Thomas, Leader of Barnet Council, added: “I am thrilled to see the community fund is back for a third round. So far the fund has had a huge impact on communities in Golders Green, Childs Hill and West Hendon, with over £55,000 granted to local groups and projects. I look forward to seeing how the fund will support new initiatives that ensure our communities continue to thrive.” 

For more information or to apply visit https://www.brentcrosstown.co.uk/community-fund 

And you can read about the 11 new community projects who won a share of the money last year here.