White City Wins the Lottery

Million pound grant for local community projects

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White City has been given a £1 million cash award from the Big Lottery Fund.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council applied to the fund in April 2010 to be included the first wave of the new Big Local initiative. This will see 50 areas across England, including H&F’s Wormholt and White City ward, benefit from a minimum of £1 million for local community projects.

Russell Darbon, spokesman for the Big Lottery Fund, said the programme aims to help people in disadvantaged communities to meet their needs and make their neighbourhoods better places to live in, now and in the future.

Big Local funding will be given out via a new Charitable Trust that will work closely with local people to decide how best to use the funding.

Russell says: " We deliberately selected communities which have been overlooked for funding from the Big Lottery Fund in the past. The money is ready and once the Trust is set up it will be over to the people of White City to decide on exactly what projects they would like to see benefit. We target the areas but local people decide on the projects."

The cash will be awarded over a long period of time – up to ten years – and it will take around 15 months to set up the Trust before payments can be made. The money is expected to start flowing from autumn 2011.

Harry Audley, Chair of the White City Residents’ Association, says he is  "highly delighted" by the news.

" A grant of this size has the potential to do real, long term good and reinforce our commitment to the White City community,"  says Harry. " Obviously, it is vital that we ensure residents have the means to exercise control over how the investment in the neighbourhood is made to ensure the best possible outcomes."

Cllr Joe Carlebach, Cabinet Member for Community Care says: " This is a fantastic boost for the people of White City and the council is delighted that the team at the Big Lottery Fund looked so favourably on our bid.

" But this is only the beginning. This will be a truly locally driven project and it is now up to the people of White City to come together and work in partnership with the council, the Big Local Trust and other groups in the area to decide how we spend the money to get the maximum benefit for all the residents of White City."

August 9, 2010