Mayor backs projects with £30 million to help reduce deprivation

14 December 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has awarded nearly £30 million to projects which will boost local economies, improve the environment and bring people together in some of London’s most deprived communities.


The money has been awarded through the second round of the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund to 33 projects across the city – and will be delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the capital.


The projects focus on supporting Londoners in areas with high levels of unemployment, youth violence and poor mental health, by supporting the creation of new jobs, investing in community assets and driving sustainable economic growth.


Nearly two-thirds of the funding will be invested in areas of London which rank in the top 20 per cent of the country’s most deprived wards, according to the well-established Indices of Multiple Deprivation.


The Good Growth Fund supports regeneration schemes which help Londoners influence how their local areas are shaped. Successful projects in this funding round include:


  • delivering up to 20,000 sq m of much-needed new industrial space in Barking to support local jobs;
  • creating new and refurbished performance, rehearsal, learning and play spaces at the Polka Children’s Theatre in Wimbledon, to support community outreach and creative learning opportunities for disadvantaged children and hard-to-reach families; and
  • investing in Centre 404 to provide much-needed support and services for people with learning disabilities and carers from the LGBTQ+ communities in Islington, Camden, Haringey, Enfield and Hammersmith & Fulham.


In the first funding round earlier this year, the Mayor awarded £24 million to deliver 27 projects. In addition, a further 27 projects were awarded a share of £1.6 million to develop their proposals with a view to submitting a full funding bid in due course. This support helps us to build a balanced programme by addressing any gaps resulting from the open call process.


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “These projects aim to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city grows and delivering more places to live, learn, work and play.


“I’m so impressed by the range of bids we received – this is testament to the creativity and ingenuity in London’s diverse communities.


“I’m committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing all the positive impacts these projects will have in the future.”


LEAP Board Member, Alexandra Depledge MBE, said: “I have always believed that Londoners know what’s best for their communities and this is evidenced in the wide variety and depth of innovation on display in the projects backed by Round 2 of the Good Growth Fund. These investments are good growth in action.”


Sarah Preece, Executive Director, Mountview – which received £843,000 in round one of the Good Growth Fund – said: “The support from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund means Mountview is able to open fantastic new performance and training facilities to Londoners, including artist hub spaces, studios and a welcoming box office space – as well as an enhanced public realm with new planting and seating and opening up access to Peckham Square, the Surrey Canal greenway and the green route to Burgess Park.


“These spaces help us to achieve our mission of providing affordable performance training for people of all ages as well as opening community spaces for hire and providing two brand new theatres. Generations to come will benefit from the access to culture, recreation and learning that this enables.”



Notes to editors


A total of £29,753,323 has been awarded to 33 projects (in addition to £312,500 match-funded from the 2014-2020 European Social Fund programme), comprising:


  • £5 million from the Mayor's Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) – the Mayor’s share of retained business rates income, which will be used to support the growth of London's local economies;
  • a list of five reserve projects with a total funding request £5,283,379 (to be progressed if others are not taken forward); and
  • development funding worth £220,000 for a further four projects.


A total of 161 applications for £125 million were received for this funding round.


Today the Mayor will also unveil the recipients of more than £11 million (including £4 million from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund) as he names the capital’s first ever Creative Enterprise Zones – as part of a ground-breaking initiative to attract and support artists and creative businesses, as well as developing skills and jobs for local people.


About the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund


The Good Growth Fund is the Mayor of London’s biggest regeneration fund and is delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP). It was launched in June 2017 and will run until March 2021. It provides capital funding from sources including the Local Growth Fund and European Social Fund, as well as expert regeneration advice, design support and knowledge sharing opportunities.


For more information on the Good Growth Fund, see:


About the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP)


The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) is the local enterprise partnership for London. The LEAP brings entrepreneurs and business together with the Mayoralty and London Councils to identify strategic actions to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital.


For more information, see:


Case studies


Reimagining Everyday Spaces in South Norwood (Croydon) – £1,000,000


Building on intensive local engagement the project aims to regenerate South Norwood's high streets which suffer from high vacancy rates and decline through four workstreams. Making up a comprehensive programme to intensify the local economy and civic infrastructure, supporting creative and social enterprises, and establishing a strong identity for the area. 


National Youth Theatre, Holloway Road (Islington) – £2,000,000

A radical upgrade by award-winning DSDHA Architects to National Youth Theatre’s Holloway Road building. A new production house for young people where more young Londoners from Islington and across the city can come to develop their skills, create new work together, and see great shows. A place dedicated to giving young people better chances in life. An organisation embedded in the borough’s creative networks so young people can develop their creative practice and progress into employment. A place to celebrate diversity, creativity and ambition.


Enhancing Toynbee Hall’s Spaces (Tower Hamlets) – £340,000


Toynbee Hall will be supported to create an enhanced centre for local advice and wellbeing. The new centre is designed to meet the needs of a diverse community in an area of intense growth and change in Tower Hamlets, with funds focussing on the community-led design and delivery of the adjacent public garden. Together these will form part of a vibrant campus including a restored historic building, arts hub and offices. It will transform basic spaces into valuable civic infrastructure, increasing engagement and improving the quality and range of advice and wellbeing support in a responsive, community-led programme supporting those from vulnerable groups. The project aims to support 2,000 participants including 450 volunteering opportunities.


Full list of successful projects


Project and applicant


Funding allocated

A new parent-led childcare enterprise for local parents in Deptford, Lewisham,

New Economics Foundation    

To deliver genuinely affordable workspace to address local childcare needs.


Affordable Artist Studios at St Bernard's Chapel,

Catalyst Housing Limited, Ealing

To transform St Bernard’s Chapel to accommodate creative workspace and studios.


Community-Led Regeneration: The Blue Market,
London Borough of Southwark

Turn Bermondsey’s historic town centre and street market into a thriving area, building on The Blue’s identity as the ‘Larder of London’.


Boston Manor, Community and Creative Catalyst,
London Borough of Hounslow

Deliver affordable creative makerspaces and a marketplace as part of an ambitious restoration of Boston Manor House and Park


Bridging Neighbourhoods - Growing Talent,

English National Ballet, Tower Hamlets

Deliver a multi-disciplinary creative hub on the Lea River Estuary promoting community programming and skills development.


Centre 404 Build Our Future,
Centre 404, Islington

Provide space for much-needed additional support and services for people with learning disabilities and carers from the LGBTQ+ community.


Church Street Triangle,
Westminster City Council

A range of high street improvements which set the tone for the delivery of the Church Street Regeneration programme.


Enhancing Toynbee Hall's Spaces,
Toynbee Hall, Tower Hamlets

Bolster wellbeing spaces for valuable support services for the local community.


Enterprising Tottenham High Road,
London Borough of Haringey 

Transform Tottenham High Road into a centre for local enterprise.


Erith Regeneration Programme Phase ll,
London Borough of Bexley

Investment into Phase II of the regeneration of Erith Town Centre which will provide a range of improvements, from business support to public realm interventions.


Expanding Kensal's Creative Economy,

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

To support the Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area development and its local economy. 


Polka Children's Theatre Ltd, Merton

To create new and refurbished performance, rehearsal, learning and play spaces at The Polka Children’s Theatre.



Grahame Park Life - 'Bringing the Old Library Back to Life',
Notting Hill Genesis, Barnet

The “Old Library” will be transformed into a dynamic multi-use enterprise, skills and community hub in the heart of Grahame Park, Colindale.



Grand Union Canal Activation,
Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

A range of interventions to promote better use of the Grant Union Canal.



Harrow Arts Centre,
Harrow Arts Centre - Harrow Council

To improve the civic and cultural infrastructure on the Harrow Arts Centre.



Holloway Road – NYT,
National Theatre of Great Britain, Islington

To transform NYT’s Holloway Road building into a thriving cultural hub for young people.



Improving Public Assets in Islington,

London Borough of Islington

A range of investments across Caledonian Road to better understand how the local community can benefit from the economy. 


Intensifying Barking's Industry,
Be First on behalf of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

To showcase how a 1.8-acre under-utilised site in a Strategic Industrial Location (SIL) can be transformed into a model of how industrial land can be used.



Kingsley Hall - at the heart of community life,

Livability, Barking and Dagenham

To transform the Kingsley Hall Church and Community Centre (KHCCC) into a central space for skills training and lifestyle activities.



New Creative and Future Galleries (NCFG),

British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), City of Westminster

To deliver a multipurpose creative space and gallery which will support underrepresented groups through Learning and New Talent outreach programmes.


Opening up 46-50 Copperfield,
Ragged School Museum, Tower Hamlets

Deliver refurbishments to support the sustainable operations of a historic canal-side museum and learning environment.


Project Beanstalk,

Pursuing Independent Paths (PiP), City of Westminster

Open a new delivery centre offering independent living and vocational skills training to adults with learning disabilities.



Rainham SIL - Access and Innovation,

London Borough of Havering

To provide an Innovation Hub which will boost productivity and skills in Havering and across East London. 


Reigniting the Festival Church,

St. John's Waterloo, Lambeth

Deliver a state-of-the-art venue for training and technological education, economic development and arts and community events.



Re-Imagining the Everyday Spaces in South Norwood,

London Borough of Croydon

To breathe life into South Norwood High Street through a range of high street improvements.


Ridley Road - Dalston Town Centre,
London Borough of Hackney

To produce a regeneration strategy and delivery plan for Dalston town centre to ensure a clear vision is set for its future success.


Securing Southwark Playhouse's Future,
Southwark Playhouse Theatre Company, Southwark

To fit out a purpose-built theatre at the Elephant and Castle into a new home for Southwark Playhouse Theatre.


Securing the future of the Yard Theatre and Hub67 in Hackney Wick,

The Yard Theatre Limited, Tower Hamlets

Secure a long-term future for The Yard Theatre and Community Centre in Hackney Wick.


Studio 3 Arts - Changing the Boundary,

Studio 3 Arts Ltd, Barking and Dagenham

To transform Studio 3 Arts' venue in Gascoigne Estate into a world-class cultural venue.



The Africa Centre Capital Project,
The Africa Centre, Southwark

To redevelop a disused office building in Southwark to house the 21st century Africa Centre. 



The Bricklayers Arms Oasis,
London Borough of Southwark

To transform an underused and gated podium space into an urban oasis for the wider community to use.


The Gramophone,
Really Local Group Limited, Hillingdon

To transform the Gramophone into an exciting new cultural and creative hub.


Wandsworth Community Food Bus,
Feeding Britain, Wandsworth

To refurbish a bus that provides access to low cost healthy fresh food in areas of high depravation in Wandsworth.



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