The Brixton Fund is the Brixton Pound’s local grants scheme, introduced last year to increase the resources available for community and socially-minded activities in the area. For the current round of funding we have received a huge and unprecedented number of applications from people wanting to do good things in Brixton, which shows how crucially needed this kind of support is in the local area. All of the applications were scored by members of the Fund Panel, who voluntarily give their time to help us decide which applications to take forward.
Though we are not able to fund everyone, we endeavour to stay in touch with all applicants and facilitate support from other avenues, either through using the Brixton Pound shop space or the Pop Brixton Community Investment Scheme.
Nine projects were shortlisted, which means they are all guaranteed to receive some support from the Brixton Fund in this round:
- A 4-day residential programme for young leaders with The Advocacy Academy
- A festival celebrating age with Age UK Lambeth
- Promoting cycling and design with Bling Ya Bike
- Refurbishing the kitchen at Brixton Community Base
- Supporting long-term unemployed into work with The Cornerstone Church Group
- Feel Good Friday activities with Lambeth Elfrida Rathbone Society
- A community gardening project with Sccoop
- A youth-led careers event with Speech Inspired
- An exhibition exploring the changing social landscape of Brixton with WANT/Xavier de Sousa
We want to bring people together to help us decide how the Fund money should be distributed between the shortlisted projects: please join us on Tuesday 7 June at 6.00pm (6.30pm start) at the beautiful Brixton East, just off Coldharbour Lane.
At the event, you will be provided with information about each shortlisted project, and given a certain amount of tokens to “fund” the projects according to how you think they should receive support. At the end of the night we will count up your votes and allocate funding to each project accordingly.
We’ll also hear from people who we’ve previously funded, as well as present the Brixton Exchange – our social programme which, in addition to the Brixton Fund, creates new resources for community activities in Brixton.
We will also be hosting a panel discussion that addresses the question: how can community activities exist, let alone thrive, at a time when London’s development creates increasingly difficult conditions for it. It is a big question that is worthy of proper debate, and we hope to have a frank and hopefully productive exchange of views, reflected by the panel we have put together:
- Binki Taylor (chair) – Chair of the Brixton Pound
- Cllr Donatus Anyanwu – Lead Member for Community Relations, Lambeth Council
- Rebecca Trevalyan – Head of Partnerships, Impact Hub Brixton
- Mike Urban – Editor of Urban75 and Brixton Buzz
- Sue Sheehan – Green Champion, Lambeth
- Kwesi Shaddai – Regional Organiser, London, Edge Fund
Among music, nibbles and drinks (Brixton Fund sponsor three eight four will be joining us for the evening) we’ll also be running a raffle where someone will be going home with a highly-coveted limited edition David Bowie Brixton Pound print. The first one went for over £1000, so this is a seriously hot piece of property!
Register for a free ticket here: brixtonfund.eventbrite.com Please share the invite with your friends and networks!