Campaigns we've backed

 

 

We've funded 77 successful campaigns so far, with 74 successful (or live) projects across the city. They represent the diversity of London’s communities.

 

Since 2014 we've seen some fantastic ideas including: 

All have added something new to an area and aspired to wider community benefit. 

2014 - Round 1

Adelante Advances Market (Southwark)
A local community group proposal to occupy disused shops on East Street and host creative workshops.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

ARThouse on the High Street (Richmond)
A temporary exhibition and workshop space in an empty shop in Twickenham, supporting local artists.

The Mayor pledged: £18,000

 

Banter (Havering)
A monthly pop-up comedy club in Romford, travelling around a variety of secret locations on Romford’s High Street.

The Mayor pledged £15,500

 

Centrepoint Cafe (Westminster)
A social enterprise café in Soho where homeless young people aged 16-25 can access work experience and gain qualifications to enter the catering industry.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Do Up Our Alley (Bromley)
Reclaiming the alleyways to the High Street with new distinctive signage improved conditions.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Enfield Thinks (Enfield)
Turning an empty retail unit in Burleigh Way into EnfieldThinks, a pop-up university.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

South London Maker Space (Lambeth)
A member-owned and run community workshop where people can pursue their hobbies and discover new technology.

The Mayor pledged: £18,150

 

Opening Up Creative Hackney (Hackney)
Improving the connection between world-leading creatives and Hackney's residents and visitors.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Queen’s Park High Street: The Harrow Road (Westminster)
Carrying out a study of the High Street and building up a set of recommendations and design guidance to inform a neighbourhood plan.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

ReNew New Eltham (Greenwich)
Improving the visual appeal of the high street to create a stronger New Eltham identity and bringing businesses together to steward future change.

The Mayor pledged: £15,500

 

Roehampton Spills (Wandsworth)
Connecting high street businesses through outdoor events happening on their doorstep.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

The Museum of Futures (Kingston)
A new community space in a vacant shop, to encourage engagement and to develop a vision for the kind of place people will celebrate with pride.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Tottenham Fast Food (Tottenham)
An ambitious restaurant initiative providing healthier alternative to fast food aimed at local young people.

The Mayor pledged: £15,500

 

Turf-Fit! (Croydon)
Transforming an empty Workout shop in Croydon into an artist-run space and public gallery.

The Mayor pledged: £15,950

 

Unique Sudbury (Brent)
Engaging with the local businesses and community to better develop a local identity for Sudbury.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

We Knit Waterloo (Southwark)
Bringing residents, businesses, community groups & schools together to create knitted signage & celebrate the area's uniqueness.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

2015 - Round 2

A New Creative Hub for Wood Street (Waltham Forest)
Providing a new community space to nurture local creativity.

The Mayor pledged: £18,000

 

A Shared Space for Stories in Tottenham (Tottenham)
Creating a pop-up library alongside storytelling, daytime performances, film screenings, a healthy cafe, a programme of planting, bee-keeping, yoga and dance.

The Mayor pledged: £12,500

 

Blossoming Rosehill Market (Sutton)
Re-establishing the once-popular traders market to bring vibrancy and prosperity back to Rosehill.

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

Converting Watertank to Art Space (Lewisham)
Non-profit events space, research hub and café, utilised by artists and the community around Lewisham town centre.

The Mayor pledged: £12,500
 

Good Food Catford (Lewisham)
This project offers an allotment veg swap, engagement with local food banks, as well as apprenticeships and work experience for residents.

The Mayor pledged: £14,000

 

Green Trafalgar Road (Greenwich)
Turning a neglected alleyway into a seating terrace with a green canopy.

The Mayor pledged: £18,000

 

Hello Hoxton High Street (Hackney)
Transforming the outward appearance of PEER gallery through replacing shopfronts with elegant, single-entrance facades and see-through shutters.

The Mayor pledged: £19,000

 

Literalley (Tower Hamlets)
Transforming an under-utilised alleyway into a public forum for events and learning.

The Mayor pledged: £15,000

 

Making Wembley Wonderful, (Brent)
Reimagining disused, neglected shops on Wembley High Street as attractive spaces for the community.

The Mayor pledged: £18,500

 

Merchant of Venice (Barking)
A reimagination of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ for a modern Barking and Dagenham audience, using the town centre as the stage.

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

Our Kilburn Digital Noticeboard (Brent)
A new digital noticeboard on Kilburn High Road to connect residents and visitors with local events and businesses.

The Mayor pledged: £18,000

 

Sustainable Bridges (Southwark)
Sustainable Bridges Makerspace offers low carbon innovators affordable access to prototyping tools, supplemented by entrepreneurial learning sessions.

The Mayor pledged: £18,000

 

Ten Grande Arcade (Barnet)
Community managed and curated space for community events, workshops and collaboration.

The Mayor pledged: £16,000

 

The Community Kitchen (Kingston)
Pay-as-you feel community kitchen, supporting local start-up or home-based food businesses and the wider community.

The Mayor pledged: £17,000

 

The Peckham Coal Line Urban Park (Southwark)
Feasibility study for a community-led elevated park on a disused railway line linking Queens Road and Rye Lane.

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

The Renovation of Wanstead Playground (Redbridge)
Replacing a dilapidated and poorly designed playground into somewhere amazing to play.

The Mayor pledged: £11,000

 

TWIST pop-up on Station Rise (Lambeth)
A monthly pop-up market that provides a much-needed economic boost for the area and personal development opportunities to underemployed residents.

The Mayor pledged: £14,000

2016 - Round 3

Colour in Romford (Havering)
A project to bring street art to the town, brightening up a grey High Street and creating community spirit.

The Mayor pledged: £11,000

 

Punch and Juicy Market Place (Brent)
Healthy juice academy with a pop up market stall teaching local children about growing and eating fruit and vegetables

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

Pengelicious (Bromley)
A real food festival for local residents and traders to share their recipes and dishes, cooked by local people and businesses using ingredients from local suppliers.

The Mayor pledged: £500

 

Seeing the Wood for the Trees (Ealing)
Developing an inclusive, holistic learning environment, by bringing back into use a neglected copse at the rear of Ealing Alternative Provision School.

The Mayor pledged: £11,000

 

Melting Pot @ London Sculpture Workshop (Greenwich)
A community ceramics hub and foundry to widen participation in creative learning across all demographics.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

Kitchenette Karts (Tower Hamlets)
A healthy, sustainable fish and chips truck offering pathways into entrepreneurship for young East Londoners.

The Mayor pledged: £15,000

 

Old Kent Road studios (Southwark)
60 vacant garages transformed into workshops, studios and multifunctional spaces where people and learn new skills and socialise.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Freshwell Mobile! (Hackney)
A pop-up stall with healthy fruit and vegetables giving access to affordable fresh produce to those needing it most.

The Mayor pledged: £17,000

 

Big Park Sleepover 2016 (Lambeth)
Free overnight camping mini-festival for low income and local families to Myatt’s Fields Park; connecting inner city families with each other and nature to foster cohesion, confidence and health.

The Mayor pledged: £7,500

 

Eel Pie Island Museum (Richmond)
New museum celebrating the island’s unique working boatyards & link to the British blues explosion of the 1960s.

The Mayor pledged: £8,000

 

The Phoenix Garden Blooms (Camden)
Re-landscaping and refurbishing the garden for the local community, new visitors and new income streams.

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

Uplift Salcombe Gardens Shops (Barnet)
A makeover for 6 shop fronts aimed at improving their trade and the local street-scene.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

V22 Workspace Creche (Hackney)
A workspace with creche, set in a studio space in Dalston with desk space and access to a community garden.

The Mayor pledged: £6,000

 

Weavers Kids Cafe and Community Pizzeria (Tower Hamlets)
A not-for-profit cafe teaching kids how to cook and sell affordable healthy meals, with costs funded by a Community Pizzeria also helping to sustain Weavers Adventure Playground.

The Mayor pledged: £13,000

 

Well Street Market (Hackney)
Restoring the historic market as a community resource, business incubator and place to nurture local young talent.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Carpentry Club (Tower Hamlets)
The Carpentry Club is a not-for-profit community wood workshop available for anyone to use. The project will fit out their workshop to a more professional standard, as well as run a programme of events to target specific local groups such as ex-offenders.

The Mayor pledged: £9,500

2017- Round 4

A new neighbourhood hub for the Elephant (Southwark)
Feasibility study to transform underused parking garages into a neighbourhood hub for both work and play.

The Mayor pledged: £15,000

 

A space for art and nature (Southwark)
A car park transformed into a garden and art studio for people with a learning disability.

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

Art Academy takeover Newington Library (Southwark)
Hosting art courses, talks, exhibitions and events in a vacant library building.

The Mayor pledged: £12,500

 

Camden Highline (Camden)
Feasibility study to transform a disused railway into a public park and pedestrian green link between Kings Cross and Camden Town.

The Mayor pledged: £2,500

 

Chalton Street Market (Camden)
Feasibility study to transform a disused railway into a public park and pedestrian green link between Kings Cross and Camden Town.

The Mayor pledged: £2,500

 

Create a Suburban Farm for Tolworth (Kingston)
Reclaiming the abandoned Tolworth Allotments Society building and surroundings with the aim of introducing the community to suburban farming possibilities.

The Mayor pledged: £5,000

 

Creating the Shine Cafe (Haringey)
A new community coffee shop and venue space providing training and income for at-risk locals.

The Mayor pledged: £9,000

 

Creative Community Space for Catford (Lewisham)
Turning derelict space into a public hub with the state-of-the-art scenery construction workshop at its core.

The Mayor pledged: £25,000

 

Cricklewood Library (Brent)
A new library and community hub created on the ground floor of a new housing development.

The Mayor pledged: £40,000

 

Croydon's Anthem for Peace (Croydon)
A peace-themed musical score, commissioned by London Mozart Players and involving hundreds of artists and performers from Croydon.

The Mayor pledged: £1,000

           

Crystal Palace Library of Things (Lambeth)
A Library of Things where you can borrow books and useful 'things' such as a violin, camping gear, carpet cleaner and more; and you can learn how to use them!

The Mayor pledged: £3,000

 

Horsenden Grape and Honey Farm (Ealing)
From Seeds and Bees to sale; the Farm will transform a derelict plot of land into a sustainable local resource.

The Mayor pledged: £10,000

 

Hoxton Hall Youth Music Shout Out! (Hackney)

Young people can learn new creative skills in web design, music production and more at Hoxton Hall.

The Mayor pledged: £13,500

 

Ladywell Self-Build Community Space (Lewisham)
A Community Land Trust creating a self-build a local community space and knowledge hub for self-building, community-led housing and sustainable living.

The Mayor pledged: £30,000

 

Our Village Garden Triangle (Harrow)
Revitalising a tired and neglected yet prominently placed triangle of public realm in Rayners Lane.

The Mayor pledged: £15,000

 

RIOgeneration (Hackney)
Refurbishment work to improve, sustain and expand this much-loved community cinema and historic building.

The Mayor pledge: £40,000

 

Sayes Court : The Future of the Garden (Lewisham)
A project to explore a forgotten park's incredible history and invite everyone to be part of its exciting future.

The Mayor pledged: £20,000

 

Southall Light Show (Ealing)
Light installations to create an arts trail across Southall to celebrate its cultural diversity and local heritage.

The Mayor pledge: £12,500

 

Sustainable Food at Sustainable Bankside (Southwark)
A sustainable food yard, kitchen and event space to create the hub for sustainable food activity in London and support business incubation in the sector.

The Mayor pledged: £40,000

 

Teenage Markets come to Barnet (Barnet)
A new market for - and run by - young people to give them a civic presence in the town and promote new social interactions

The Mayor pledged: £30,000

 

The Brixton Pound Cafe (Lambeth)
Transforming the Brixton Pound Cafe into an accessible platform for community activity.

The Mayor pledged: £4,000

 

Tottenham's Café Connect (Haringey)
Creating a multi-purpose community hub and café from a disused bowling green.

The Mayor pledged: £25,000

The projects

The most recent and third round of Crowdfunding has raised a staggering £800,000 with over 3,500 backers across London pledging to 19 community projects. This is the biggest crowdfunding drive the capital has ever seen.