The Living Communities Fund, established by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (‘Grosvenor’) in 2014, aims to improve the lives of people living and working in South Westminster by supporting community-building activities.
Through its donations to grass roots community groups and small charities, the fund aims to improve young people’s skills and employability, increase wellbeing and enhance community cohesion.
In its first four years the fund has awarded 38 grants and, this year, its contribution will total £246,447 across 50 grants. To date, this has supported more than 3,000 Westminster residents and helped fund projects and up to half of community organisations’ core costs , such as staff salaries.
This year’s beneficiaries include Pimlico Toy Library, Diversity Role Models, Chocolate Films, St Vincent Family Project and In Deep. This month, an additional 18 organisations will be supported with contributions totaling £80,000. . By 2020, it is expected that more than 10,000 people will have benefitted from the work the fund supports.
Becky Crosweller, Director of Marketing & Communications at the London Communities Foundation said: “The economic climate continues to be extremely challenging. Smaller charities and voluntary organisations are on a funding treadmill, constantly striving to sustain their activities and services. Grants from the Living Communities Fund are therefore more important than ever to support people living in South Westminster. The London Community Foundation is delighted to support Grosvenor’s work in the community and manage the Fund on their behalf.”
Graham Whitlock, CEO of transformative arts programme, Dream Arts, based in Pimlico has benefitted from the Living Communities Funding this year. "The arts can change lives, which we see time and again, but opportunities to do this are shrinking. Thanks to the support of the Living Communities Fund children and young people living with the West End on their doorstep will have the chance to explore and unleash their talents on Saturdays in Pimlico, raising their self-esteem which transfers to the home, school and their future workplace".
Partly in recognition of its work with local communities, Grosvenor has been ‘Westminster Lion’ status by Westminster City Council - an accreditation given to 31 businesses making a difference in the area.
Through this award Westminster is championing responsible and ethical businesses it believes are delivering social value helping residents towards employment; actively supporting their local neighbourhoods; and making Westminster a better place by reducing emissions and improving quality of life.
Portfolio Director for Grosvenor’s London estate, Anna Bond, said: “It is a real honour to be recognised as a Westminster Lion for our continued contribution to Westminster. As a business, we want to deliver lasting value to the places we manage and champion local projects. The grants that have been awarded through the Living Communities Fund are just the start of our ambitions.”
Notes to Editors
About Grosvenor Britain & Ireland:
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates and manages high quality neighbourhoods that are great places to live, work and visit. Our diverse property development, management and investment portfolio includes Grosvenor’s London estate of Mayfair and Belgravia and other developments in London, Oxfordshire and Cambridgshire.
We are part of the Grosvenor Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned property companies, which develops, manages and invests in property in more than 60 cities around the world.
As at 31 December 2017, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5.2bn.