Enfield Council has awarded more than £317,000 in funding to 19 projects delivering to the communities in the Edmonton wards that border the Meridian Water development.
Projects will help to support Edmontonresidents and promote diversity and inclusion in the community.
Launched in November 2021, the Meridian Water Community Chest Fund provides financial support for projects that will contribute to the growth and development of the local area, improving the day-today life of residents.
The first tranche will give almost £317k to local groups to deliver exciting projects in their community. The fund is made up of contributions from private sector partners working on the Meridian Water project.
Enfield Council anticipates that future Meridian Water partners will top up the funds available allowing for further funding opportunities at regular intervals. The next round for bids has been announced for the Autumn of 2022. Those that weren’t awarded funding this time will be allowed to apply again, and the Council will also encourage bids from those that haven’t applied this time around to bid in the future.
The Community Chest ensures that residents of Edmonton are the primary beneficiaries of the £6bn Meridian Water project, which will deliver 10,000 new homes and 6,000 quality jobs for local people.
Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “Our Community Chest Fund demonstrates that Enfield Council as well as building new homes and creating decent jobs for local people are investing through the Community Chest to improve lives of residents.
“The private sector has a social and moral responsibility to the communities in which they are working and this fund will allow real improvements to be made by community groups and not-for-profits.”
The successful applicants were selected from 59 applications by the Meridian Water Community Panel comprised of senior officers of the council along with community representatives.
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The funding was confirmed following the first round of bids for money from the Community Chest Fund, which is made up of contributions from private sector partners, including Vistry Partnerships, Vinci Taylor Woodrow, Stace LLP and Elementa Consulting. These partners have been procured by the Council to work on Meridian Water and have contributed to the Community Chest through their social value commitments.
Project bids were assessed by a set of criteria detailed in Enfield Council’s Poverty & Inequality Commission Report. Criteria included whether the projects improved a physical area within a community, improving opportunity for local people, particularly around employment, improved life chances for young people, and lastly addressed health inequalities.
The 19 winning project bids are:
Allocations range from £1,000 to £59,000 and Enfield Council expects work to start on these projects in the near future.
The projects funded from the Community Chest will help achieve the aims of the Council’s A Lifetime of Opportunities and deliver the 27 recommendations contained in the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission Report.
For progress on the winning projects, follow Enfield Council on social media, @EnfieldCouncil on Twitter and @EnfieldCouncilUK on Facebook.
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