The London Legacy Development Corporation has awarded over £1.8 million to 25 local community projects funding from the 2020 Neighbourhood Priorities Fund bidding round.

The 25 successful projects offer wide ranging community services including Bikeworks' Ride Side by Side project which had re-deployed their grant money from the 2019 bidding round for its Covid-19 response, delivering food, and medical supplies and tests to vulnerable isolated people. Funding from the 2020 round will enable them to run their original project giving older residents lifts on electric bicycles.

Other successful projects include the Carpenters Estate Community Archive which will establish a community archive for the Carpenters Estate and Newham neighbourhood, as well as the Our Park Life Community Conservation Project which will explore the different ways local communities can be brought together through gardening and growing on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Lyn Garner, CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:“The breadth of applications and the benefits that they bring to local people is genuinely inspiring. We know that the Fund can make a huge difference and it’s great to see significant investment being made into local community groups. We are pleased that our funding has been able to make a difference to local communities during the pandemic by providing vital support to those most vulnerable in our communities.”

In the last round, 14 local community projects received more than £885,000 from the Fund.

The Neighbourhood Priorities Fund was set up to administer the Neighbourhood Portion of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Government guidance sets out that in an area with no parish councils, a Local Planning Authority that charges CIL should allocate 15% of annual CIL receipts to be spent on projects in consultation with local communities. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows LLDC to raise funds from a charge on new floorspace that is built in our area. CIL contributions can be spent on infrastructure that will help support growth in the area. The LLDC CIL Charging Schedule originally came into effect in April 2015 with an updated charging schedule coming into place in 2020 . This means LLDC can support infrastructure projects that improve our area for current residents and businesses as well as those moving to the area and making Stratford their home.

A full list of successful projects is as follows:





Creative Courts

‘Creative Courts’ is a project located on the Carpenters Estate and is a collaboration between the London Borough of Newham, Populo, make:good and Wood Street Walls, aiming to revitalise the recreation areas within the Carpenters Estate in Newham



Cultivating Communities

A year-long programme of 50 outdoor learning and physical activity sessions at Carpenters Estate, delivered by people that live or work in Newham, managed by Social Farms & Gardens (SF&G)



Football Unites Community Football


Football Unites is project offering local residents of all ages FREE football and family sport programmes within 1-mile radius of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The program offers children, young people and adults of all backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in training mentored by qualified and experienced coaches all throughout the week: Monday to Friday sessions from 5.30 to 7.30pm and Sundays from 9.15am to 1.30pm.



Skaped Let's Talk Gender Equality


The ‘Let’s Talk Gender Equality’ programme is to be delivered over 14-weeks.They will deliver twice weekly virtual 2-hour workshops working with 30 beneficiaries from hard to reach East-London boroughs.


across LLDC area



UnAge is a non-profit organisation running intergenerational start-up acceleration programs, matching under 25 year olds with over 55 year old East Londoners, from ethnic minorities, to share skills and experience to start up food businesses together.



Ride Side by Side


Ride Side by Side was awarded CIL funding in 2019 and had just launched when Covid-19 hit the UK. With the permission of LLDC and the funding partners Bikeworks redeployed this money for its Covid-19 response, delivering food, and medical supplies and tests to vulnerable isolated people who were the original target group for Ride Side by Side.



Carpenters Estate Community Archive


This is a Recreational/Cultural/Creative Project in line with the Priority Fund original consultation to enable the setting up a Community Archive for the Carpenters Estate and Neighbourhood. The archive will gather together a range of stories from existing and former residents to create an oral, digital and written record of what home has meant, what it should mean and what the people’s history of Carpenters is.



Our Park Life Community Conservation Project,Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


To explore the different ways to bring local communities together through gardening and growing on the Park. This application proposes a pilot programme of activity over a 2 year period and will look at bringing people together who are interested in conservation, horticulture and planting in a supported, social and friendly programme of activities.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Our Park Life, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Archive


This project aims to capture the fascinating memories and experiences of the people that worked, volunteered, lived around and were in some way affected or involved in the development of the Stratford area and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This archive would highlight the impact of the games on the area "10 years on", 2012-2022 and beyond.



Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Social Ark


Social Ark is an East London charity that works with 18–30-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds across the Olympic boroughs. All experience poverty, and a combination of the following: lack of education, disability, homelessness, addiction or/and the criminal justice system. Through structured learning, influential expert mentoring, and wrap-around support, they access everything needed to enable them to use their own lived experiences and develop social businesses. Empowering them with the skills and confidence needed to develop and lead social businesses directly improves their own under-resourced communities. We have witnessed a shift in attitude and a ripple effect in the local area, more young people are inspired by social entrepreneurship and recognising it as an alternative and viable route to employment.


Over 12 months, this project will work with up to 10 disadvantaged young people who will successfully develop their own social businesses. They will learn the nuts and bolts of starting their own business, taking part in the full programme.



Across LLDC area

Stour Trust CIC


Stour Trust CIC is Fish Island where redevelopment will complete 2021/2022. The community asset will offer key services to the wider Hackney Wick and Fish Island community and partner with East Bank institutions such as UCL and UAL. In order build a truly inclusive community asset that is accessible and representative of the diversity, cultures and backgrounds represented within the local area, this pilot project will develop the skills and leadership attributes of local artists, creative business owners, residents and social enterprise businesses from under-represented backgrounds; particularly black, Asian, traveller and minority individuals.




The Yardlings at Gainsborough


Supporting the continuation of free arts education infrastructure in the LLDC area from January 2021

Working in partnership with Gainsborough Primary, The Yard will deliver 24 weekly sessions (50 hours) of free high quality drama provision within the after school programme between January 2021 and July 2021.



The Abbey Wood


Ambition, Aspire, Achieve (AAA) is a children and young people specific charity focused on intervening early to support disadvantaged, disabled, vulnerable and at risk children and young people to overcome their problems, difficulties and challenges and having done so, to follow positive pathways forward to achieving their full potential personally, socially and educationally.


AAA has been gifted for an initial 10 year period an area of mature woodland approx 800m x 100m adjacent to Abbey Hub by Thames Water, the landowners. The area is being developed as a community and learning resource about wildlife and its conservation within inner city Newham and as a medium to support improved wellbeing. An outdoor learning area, a hide, a variety of animal, bird and bug houses (including a number with unobstructive cameras), a nature trail, a bushcraft area (shelter building, fire pit and oven, orienteering course, foraging walk, a bulb planting programme and a woodcraft skills workshop space) will be installed in the woodland.




Disability Sports

Delivery of two sports clubs so disabled residents in the local community can enjoy regular sports activities, improving both physical and mental wellbeing.Delivery of 100 packs of sports equipment to disabled people living in the local area. With social distancing in place, the clubs will have limited capacity meaning fewer disabled people will benefit from attending community activities. In response, they devised a Home Activity Programme, providing disabled people with packs of equipment, bespoke activity guides and inclusive online sessions so people can keep active in the safety of their own home.


Across LLDC area

Badu Sports Gainsborough Playing Fields


Badu Community will develop Gainsborough playing fields to create a sporting hub offering weekly activities for hard to reach young people. The hub will focus on engaging young BAME people from low socio-economic backgrounds in sport as a way of connecting them to Queen ElizabethOlympic Park.




Badu Café

BADU Cafe is a project to provide a thriving community hub in a cafe, which would be set up in the commercial space in Hackney Bridge



Change Please Foundation


To open a café in the LLDC area. Project aims and benefits:

1) Reduce homelessness and unemployment in local area

2) Provide training and employment to people accessing services in local area – allowing organisations to move people on and work with more Beneficiaries

3) Open a café, serving our award-winning coffee, space for people to meet and work, sourcing local products, promote community activity and use as a community space.



Across LLDC area

Grow Hackney

Grow, Hackney is a grassroots cultural space and experiment in ethical and sustainable business. Since 2014, as well as hosting live music and art events it has hosted community meetups & workshops for the benefit of the local people in the LLDC area including residents, artists, makers and musicians.

In response to lockdown, in August 2020, it launched a series of 12 virtual gatherings called 'Grow at Home' supported by the Arts Council England. These online events illustrated the value of

history of connecting with the community during challenging times and how much people were missing the activity and discussion which was previously happening in situ at Grow. Creating an outdoor space where we can still safely bring people together and help maintain the area as a creative hub will provide a valuable and ongoing community resource. The yard’s potential was shown by the success of V&A Lates at Grow in October 2019 (which included performances and open studios) and several successful artist/makers markets have been hosted since 2018.




You Me Us FC


YouMeUs Football Club is an exciting community, sports, personal and economic development project. The project was designed after extensive consultation with the local community. For young people (16-25 yrs old) from the LLDC Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park area, working in collaboration with LLDC and local partners in the 4 London Olympic Host Boroughs. YouMeUs FC is not just a football team, it is a football club.


across LLDC area

The Palace Club



The Palace Club is our supportive social hub for local Elders aged 65+ years, focusing on south Hackney with a specific remit to engage residents in Hackney Wick (LB Hackney & Tower Hamlets).



Architecture Apprenticeship Accelerator Programme


*D-Lab – a3 Architecture Apprenticeship Accelerator Programme aims to promote socio-economic diversity in the design & architectural profession through accessibility in E20. Offering an alternative route to architecture by raising awareness in school leavers to access to the Level 6 Apprenticeship Scheme; providing mentoring, design skills and soft skills, facilitating introductions to those Architecture Practices trailblazing apprenticeships; providing accessibility for all.




Gainsborough Primary School Community Training Room


The aim of the project is to improve the community training room within Gainsborough Primary School, to enhance the provision of skills development training for parents and adults from the local community. In addition to this Gainsborough Primary school the project would enable the expansion of the childcare provision in the children's centre for 2 year olds living in Hackney wick and to establish a new 0 - 2 year olds provision at the school.



Mary Ward Settlement


The creation of a welcome area on the ground floor of our building which will offer open access spaces for the community. The space will include a frontline information and signposting service, this will support individuals to access our services or signpost to other community organisations.



1st QEOP Rainbows, Brownies and Guide Units


The funding for accessible camping equipment to be able to take girls away for both ‘home’ (the local campsite in Chigwell Row) and ‘away’ (anywhere further afield) trips. This application is for equipment to support disabled members of the units and staff both during weekly meetings and for trips away.




The Line - Nature on the Line


The Line is launching Nature on The Line a series of initiatives to further enhance public spaces in the LLDC area and to promote health and wellbeing. The programme will feature an outdoor exhibition of works by Madge Gill and the installation of two loaned sculptures to connect to schools and local communities.


Newham and QEOP


The full list of successful projects is as follows:  

  • Delivery of two sports clubs so disabled residents in the local community can enjoy regular sports activities, improving both physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • Delivery of 100 packs of sports equipment to disabled people currently living in the LLDC area. With social distancing in place, our clubs will have limited capacity meaning fewer disabled people will benefit from attending community activities. In response, we devised our Home Activity Programme, providing disabled people with packs of equipment, bespoke activity guides and inclusive online sessions so people can keep active in the safety of their own home.