The Royal Docks Team boosts support for People Powered Places with additional funding of £80,000
The Royal Docks Team has joined forces with Newham’s participatory budgeting programme People Powered Places to amplify funding opportunities for grass roots initiatives in the Royal Docks.
As part of our commitment to ensuring local people remain at the forefront of the area’s regeneration, we are merging our grants programme, Create Your Docks, with Newham’s flagship scheme. This partnership will bolster support for empowering communities’ engagement in shaping inclusive and vibrant neighbourhoods.
The Royal Docks team is providing funding of up to £80,000 for additional projects that address the priorities identified by residents in the two Community Neighbourhood areas in and around the Royal Docks, including Beckton, Canning Town and Custom House. Residents can apply for up to £5,000 and community organisations up to £20,000 to deliver projects that enhance the public realm and improve residents’ health & wellbeing.
The People Powered Places programme is already doing brilliant work in supporting community-led initiatives in the Royal Docks area.
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills
This collaboration builds on the success of Create Your Docks, which over a two-year period (2021-2022) delivered a fantastic programme of events celebrating the people, place and heritage of the Royal Docks. Projects ranged from urban greening and creative recycling initiatives to digital wayfinding and immersive theatre performances.
Collaboration with Newham on People Powered Places will harness the energy and ambition of Royal Docks’ communities and strengthen joint commitments to ensuring local people remain centre stage in the area’s regeneration.
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills said: “The People Powered Places programme is already doing brilliant work in supporting community-led initiatives in the Royal Docks area. This funding will provide further help, enabling local residents to come together and develop innovative projects that improve their neighbourhoods and celebrate the area’s rich heritage. By working in partnership, we can build a fairer, safer and more inclusive London for everyone."
Councillor Charlene McLean, Cabinet Member for Resident Engagement and Resident Experience, said: “We are delighted that People Powered Places can do even more to support communities across the Royal Docks. With the additional funding from the Royal Docks Team, we will be able to support residents to take action on the priorities they set for their neighbourhoods. Across Newham, we are seeing real, lasting improvements through community defined and delivered projects. I look forward to seeing what more can be achieved through People Powered Places in the Royal Docks.’
More information on Create Your Docks and the successful projects can be found here: https://www.royaldocks.london/articles/create-your-docks-round-2-meet-the-recipients
A 3 minute video summarising Create Your Docks is available here: https://www.royaldocks.london/articles/watch-our-new-3-minute-video-of-communities-creating-their-docks
PEOPLE POWERED PLACES: APPLY NOW
Sunday 10 September 2023
Application forms are available on Newham’s Co-Create platform, where you will also find information and resources for each Community Neighbourhood area.
All applications are submitted to the local Community Neighbourhood team, either by email or post. Please do NOT submit your application to the Royal Docks Team.
Beckton & Royal Docks
Beckton Library, 1 Kingsford Way, E6 5JQ
020 3373 0853
Custom House & Canning Town
Canning Town Library, 18 Rathbone Market, E16 1EH
020 3373 0854
The process for allocating and awarding the additional grants will be led by People Powered Places. As an applicant you do not need to do anything differently. The Royal Docks Team will work alongside the relevant Working Groups to ensure there is a representative range of applications that reflect and contribute to the Royal Docks priorities.
People Powered Places Timeline
- Applications open: 20th June 2023
- Applications close: 10th September 2023
- Voting for projects: October / November 2023
- Successful applications announced: November 2023
- Project delivery phase: January 2024 to December 2024
- Programme evaluation: January to March 2025
- Celebration of projects: May to June 2025
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