As Westfield London’s expansion progresses they continuing to engage with the local community and work as a positive force for change in the local area – whether that is through direct financial contributions, the significant job opportunities the centre provides, or the further inward investment that is attracted to the White City Opportunity Area.
As part of its expansion plans, Westfield London has recently launched a new community grants initiative, something that the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is supporting. It is part of Westfield’s commitment to ensure that the investment in the shopping centre is felt across the local area. The community grants scheme will support local organisations, who are looking for funding of up to £1,000 with up to 20 projects being selected per year over the next two years.
At each round of funding, the community grants panel, led by representatives from local businesses, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, local organisations and Westfield London, will judge bids based on applications on three separate themes:
- Innovative and creative approaches to employment, entrepreneurship and training
- Opportunities for young people aged 16-24
- Support for people with disabilities or health problems
Successful applicants should fit in with at least one of these themes and applications should be submitted no later than 17 June.
More information on the community grants scheme is available here.
Great news. I have encouraged the Sulgrave Club and the Grove Neighbourhood Centre in the Ravenscourt Park Ward to apply – not doubt there will be lots of competition with lots of good ideas for helping the community.