A helping hand for residents who love where they live

14 June 2017

Residents and community groups in Brent who love their local areas are being encouraged to put their thinking caps on and apply for a grant to help with a community project, under a new initiative that gives a helping hand to residents who love where they live.

Grants are available for all residents, community groups and schools who would like to take part in or develop a community project based in Brent.

Residents can apply for a grant of up to £500 and each application must be supported by 20 local residents or more in the area. Each application should demonstrate the benefits of the project to those living in the area – from improving the environment to tackling social isolation and building better relationships within the community.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“At the heart of what makes Brent such a great place to live and work is the pride that the majority of residents have in their local areas. Our Love Where You Live campaign is about encouraging all residents to care for their surroundings, feel responsible for the landscape around us and create a better environment for our communities.

 “These grants represent a great opportunity for residents who want to do something positive for their communities and help make their local areas even better places to live, work and visit. This could be establishing a community vegetable patch, brightening your street up with some flowers, or even organising a fete in the area – anything that is supported by your neighbours and benefits your community.

 “We’d also love to keep up to date with any projects you are taking part in, so do email us photos and descriptions of how the grants are making a difference in your local areas.”

 Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, added:

“It’s a pot of money that could make a significant difference and I would encourage as many groups to apply and make the most of this opportunity. Whether it’s organising a street party or planting some bulbs, these grants offer the chance to bring your local community together and make a difference in your neighbourhood.

 “Brent is home to some fantastically imaginative and civic-minded people and I’m really looking forward to seeing what ideas are submitted for these grants going forward.”