Campaigns we've backed



We've funded over 100 successful campaigns so far, delivering a wide range of 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

2018 - Round 5

A village hall for Clapton Common (Hackney)

Re-imagining a dilapidated and vacant toilet block on Clapton Common into a village hall and community kitchen to provide a shared resource for local people. The cafe will provide food education and cookery skills, and an apprenticeship scheme for training. Communal meals will promote local cohesion across faith groups.

The Mayor Pledged: £25,000

Bee-Spoke learning centre (Tower Hamlets)

A project to build up the capacity of a volunteer urban beekeeping project in Poplar, allowing more local residents the opportunity to learn and participate in beekeeping and honey extraction. The project aims to help local 16-25 year olds develop confidence experience and new practical skills.

The Mayor Pledged: £20,000

Bridges to the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (Bromley)

A project to install a permanent bridge to the Grade 1 listed Dinosaur models on an island in Crystal Palace Park. The bridge would enable easier access to the models for educational and event purposes, as well as to drive momentum and awareness to raise the money to fully restore the dinosaurs.

The Mayor Pledged: £30,000

Build Up Hackney (Hackney)

A proposal for a new public space in Hackney, to be designed and built by local young people. The project aims to reconnect young people with development happening in the area whilst learning key creative and construction skills.

The Mayor Pledged: £30,000

Community Kitchen For Twickenham (Richmond Upon Thames)

A new community kitchen in a historic building that will bring local people together to meet, share meals and reduce food waste by utilising surplus from local supermarkets and retailers. 

The Mayor Pledged: £40,000

Creating a brand new school football pitch (Croydon)

London’s oldest football club and a local school coming together to create a shared resource for the wider community. The project will create new accessible and affordable opportunities to play sport and outreach will bring the wider community together around the new facility.

The Mayor Pledged: £2,000

D-Lab East (Newham) 

A creative, open access place of work and training located in the Olympic Park East Village. The hub will provide affordable space and equipment to grow digital skills and support the creative economy.

The Mayor Pledged: £30,000

Dream Garden SW11 (Wandsworth) 

A learning garden and community resource that aims to make an under-used school site more accessible to a wide range of local people. The space will be designed and built with school children and community volunteers. 

The Mayor Pledged: £30,000

Friends Rejuvenation of Gipsy Hill (Lambeth)

Local clean up and planting of neglected green spaces near Gispy Hill railway station by a newly formed community group.

The Mayor Pledged: £2,500

Illuminate Rotherhithe! (Southwark) 

A feasibility study into a lighting scheme to illuminate six historic buildings in Rotherhithe to commemorate Rotherhithe’s key role in the story of the Mayflower.

The Mayor Pledged: £20,000

Keep London’s legendary Bubble Club OPEN (Tower Hamlets)

A series of events and the development of a sustainable business plan to secure the long-term future of the Bubble Club: a vibrant, creative, fun night club run by and for people with learning disabilities and those without. 

The Mayor Pledged: £13,500

Mother House: studios with childcare (Lewisham) 

A pioneering new model to combine affordable studio space for professional arts practice with a children's area, where a dedicated team facilitates in-house daily activities. The facility will also include a gallery space for exhibitions and public programme to engage the wider community.

The Mayor Pledged: £22,500

Revivify Manor Park! Phase 1 (Kingston Upon Thames)

Local engagement, design and feasibility work to re-imagine a public park with a bold, inclusive and community-led vision for the future. 

The Mayor Pledged: £15,000

Seymour Place Community Hub (City of Westminster) 

Feasibility and local engagement work for the restoration of a heritage building to better utilise space and create new opportunities for flexible community use. The project will empower homeless people to rebuild their lives and participate in the wider community by placing them at the heart of a new social hub and community outreach strategy.

The Mayor Pledged: £32,500

A Green Space at St Mary's Open to All (Hounslow) 

The project intends to experiment with green infrastructure to bring back to life the unused playground of St Mary's Catholic Primary school, situated along the M4 in Chiswick. This project would provide education opportunities, help mitigate local pollution and open-up the playground to the wider community during the weekends to host markets and other social events.

The Mayor Pledged: £32,000

TATI: Brick Lane community café (Tower Hamlets) 

Design and feasibility work for the proposed Bangla training kitchen and cafe on Brick Lane. The cafe will look to train and empower Bangladeshi and other women to be able to start up their own food enterprises, and provide an authentic Bangla dining experience for the public. 

The Mayor Pledged: £7,500

The Calthorpe Living Lab (Camden) 

The project looks to address the urgent environmental pressures that affect everyone by creating a solar powered community shop to sell products made by local entrepreneurs and artisans. Workshops will promote upcycling; food preserving; raw vegan and vegetarian cooking; urban food growing, and plant propagation, designed to help people reduce waste, reuse and recycle.

The Mayor Pledged: £6,000

The Farm Café and Workshops (Barnet)

Transforming the historic Clitterhouse Farm outbuildings back into a productive and sustainable multi-use space for the community and local creative enterprise. 

The Mayor Pledged: £50,000

The Flower Bank Hub (Barnet) 

A proposal to transform a derelict shop in Barnet into a community florist and learning centre where otherwise wasted flowers will be available to those who can least afford them. The project aims to run workshops with local vulnerable groups and promote zero-waste management.

The Mayor Pledged: £30,000

Tottenham Cafe Connect Goes Outdoors! (Haringey) 

Transforming a disused bowling green into a flexible and inclusive outdoor space to expand a community hub in Tottenham. New power and shelter will allow the space to be used year round and support a range of new activities that bring local people together.  

The Mayor Pledged: £12,500

Union Chapel - Sunday School Stories (Islington) 

Repairing the roof of Grade 1 listed heritage building and local asset to unlock the use of an inaccessible hall, creating a new 200 capacity community space for everyone to come together around learning activities. 

The Mayor Pledged: £37,500

Urban Room Old Kent Road (Southwark) 

A dedicated, independent space where residents, businesses, researchers, planners, the council, developers and others can come together to debate and plan the future Old Kent Road ahead of the Bakerloo Line extension and associated regeneration plans.

The Mayor Pledged: £15,000

Wolves Lane - Wood Green's mini-Eden (Haringey) 

A project to add a sustainable, renewable energy source to support the Wolves Lane palm house and cafe. This will allow the community to better use this resource in the winter and create new opportunities for volunteering. 

The Mayor Pledged: £7,500


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