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Big things coming up in 2017: Brixton Fund round 3

The Brixton Fund is B£’s grant scheme started to support grassroots work in Brixton. To date, the Fund has given out just under £10,000 of small grants to 13 local organisations who strengthen and benefit communities, take action for social justice, or increase local employment opportunities. The simple application process, support we offer along the way, and minimal reporting requirements for grant recipients make the Brixton Fund highly accessible even to individuals or groups without many resources.

In 2016, we increased Brixton Fund’s reach and impact massively: in the first round in November 2015, we received 18 applications and gave a total of £2,400 to 4 organisations, and in June 2016 we more than tripled the number of applications received as well as funding granted: out of the 60 that applied, 9 organisations received a total of £7,500. For the second round of the Brixton Fund, we also trialled a more open and democratic voting process, where we invited the public to vote on how to distribute the awards between shortlisted projects.

Brixton Fund public voting event in June 2016. Photo credit: Mike/Brixton Buzz. Speaker is Ciaran Thapar from Hero’s Journey, a youth project funded by the Brixton Fund. Read Ciaran’s recent article about bridging gentrification’s stark divides.

In 2017, we would also like to open the Fund Panel to volunteers from the community. Would you like to join? You would help us score the applications we receive and arrive at a shortlist for guaranteed funding. In 2017, the likely scenario is that the Fund will open for applications in April, and scoring will take place in May. You will be asked to score no more than 10 applications, and we’ll provide you with a detailed criteria and scoring guidelines. We will also ask you to declare any bias you may have, so don’t worry if someone you know is thinking of applying for funding – we’ll make sure you are not scoring their application. Depending on the volume of applications and turnaround, we’d then like to hold the open event where the public can vote on how to distribute funding among shortlisted projects in late May or early June.

You can support the Brixton Fund in a number of ways:  by spending electronic B£s (1.5% of each transactions goes straight into the Fund), by treating yourself to cocktails at Seven and Three Eight Four bars, the official sponsors of the Brixton Fund, by playing the Brixton Bonus (another round will be happening in the spring), by direct donations. Everyone is invited to come vote on how to distribute the grant money once we announce a shortlist for the next round.

But if you’d also like to be part of the initial selection process, you can now join the Fund Panel.

So, would you like to give your time and expertise to the Brixton Fund application scoring during May 2017? If yes, please fill out this form, or contact us if you have any questions or comments. We would love to have you on board!

Important pay-by-text update: new number!

Brixton Pound_Pay By Text_Sticker_ARTWORKYou may have noticed that when you pay-by-text you receive a confirmation text from 07754 832 867, even if you sent your payment to our old number. That’s because we’re moving over to a new number: 07754 832 867 – please update it in your phones and send all B£ pay-by-text payments to it. The old number will be phased out on November 2nd.

The reason for this is to keep ALL texts to B£ free – or, if texts are not included in your plan, charged at a standard rate. We know some of you on GiffGaff and similar plans had issues with paying for texts when they should have been free – that should be resolved on 07754 832 867. Three cheers for free texts!

Business Rates are live!

Brixton Pound businesses are now able to pay their business rates to Lambeth Council using electronic Brixton Pounds. This will give local independent businesses an additional way to spend their B£e balance. The first business to do this was Casa Morita . Watch the short video of Sarahgwen talking about her business and about the Brixton Pound.

We’re excited to be the first local currency in the U.K. to be accepted by the council in payment for business rates. Thank you to Lambeth Council for working with us to make this possible!

Keep an eye out for more exciting announcements in the near future!

When you hear the words…

… ‘Barber de Seville’, maybe you think about the famous opera or perhaps even the funny Bugs Bunny sketch where Bugs makes a fruit salad on Elmer Fudd’s head. Well – a growing number of us in Brixton think of one of our favorite barber shops in the heart of Brixton.

The Barber de Seville has now been open for 11 months (happy 11 month birthday!) and has been a great success with locals. With its trendy interior, friendly staff and long opening hours it has quickly grown to establish itself as one of the leading men’s hairdressers in Brixton. I got my haircut there last week and am incredibly pleased with it!

It is especially popular with pay-by-text Brixtonites giving them the opportunity to support the local economy in a convenient, hassle-free way.

Dorian (pictured above) has no resemblance to Bugs Bunny but was a little shy in wanting to appear on video (see our previous blog). You are likely to see Dorian in house or in the Brixton area. If you see him, please say hello!

So – if you have a date tonight, a job interview tomorrow and just need a haircut today – pop into The Barber de Seville and pay using money that sticks to Brixton.

Opening hours:

Monday:10am to 8pm
Tuesday:10am to 8pm
Wednesday:10am to 8pm
Thursday:10am to 8pm
Friday:10am to 8pm
Saturday:9am to 6pm
Sunday:11am to 5pm

Pay-by-text business videos

Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring pay-by-text businesses giving you some insight into who they are, what they offer and why they support the Brixton Pound. Instead of putting together a traditional blog we’ve decided to make some short videos. We hope you enjoy them! If you do, why not share them on facebook or tweet them?

First up is Café Sitifis. Some of you more eager eyed followers may recall us blogging about them in 2010. The café has now been open for nearly two years and continues to create a buzz on  Rushcroft Road, off Coldharbour Lane. See the manager and owner, Nourradine Lalmi, tell you a little more and don’t forget to use pay-by-text when you’re next enjoying one of their delicious cakes!

 

Join us for our belated Christmas party!

Happy New Year everyone, we hope 2012 brings health, happiness and prosperity to all.

Kaff's cool counter's mural

So with Christmas now really and truly out of the way…well we decided to postpone our Christmas party until mid-January when we thought we would be in serious need of cheering up.  But let’s just remove the ‘Christmas’ and focus on the ‘party’!

We hope you and your friends and loved ones can join us on the night, Thu 19th January from 6:30pm at Kaff Bar.

Kaff Bar are both on our paper and electronic currency schemes, so plenty chance to play with your phones on the night.

There will be DJs and some finger food, and more importantly a great crowd of Brixton residents and businesses to socialise and network with.   We shall also be  at hand to sign up any newbies onto our amazing Pay by Text service, for which you get a 10% automatically added to your account every time you top it up.

Other than that, it’ll be an informal evening of drinks, nibbles, chats and DJ’s spinning their tunes.

We look forward to seeing you then!