Funding given to five London community building groups


Five projects working to build stronger communities in the Square Mile have received £29,000 in grant funding.

Aldgate Community Events (ACE), City YMCA, Portsoken Activities Group (PAG), Portsoken Ward Club, and the Bevis Marks Synagogue received the money from the City of London Corporation’s Central Grants Programme.

The fund supports community, cultural, environmental, educational and employment projects across the Capital. ACE received £10k to deliver a Lantern Parade and Winter Festival in Aldgate Square on 6 December, with stalls, performances, choirs, festive street food and a giant Christmas Tree.

City YMCA was awarded £3,000 for a residential trip to Lambourne End Centre in Essex and a visit to a theme park for 30 young people from the City’s Golden Lane Estate and neighbouring estates in Islington.

PAG won £3,000 for a Latino Fiesta on Aldgate Square celebrating Colombian Independence Day; a Family Fun Day on the Guinness Estate in Mansell Street; and a Podium Party in Middlesex Street in September.

The Portsoken Ward Club, a non-profit-making club made up of residents, workers and friends of the Ward of Portsoken in the City of London was awarded £3,000 to organise social events for its members, including an annual coach trip for residents of Portsoken Ward to Boulogne and other summer coach trips to go fruit picking and to the seaside.

Bevis Marks Synagogue in Heneage Lane received £10,000 to transform it into a vibrant City cultural and educational hub. The project will improve its entrance courtyard, repair paving and create a new gathering and events space.