The Old Street District business partnership is supporting the inspiring work of community groups, charities and social enterprises with £20,000 being allocated to back local causes this year.
Local groups were invited to apply with individual grants of up to £5,000 available. The creation of the Community Pot built on the recent work of the Partnership, which saw OSDP supporting a number of local community projects, including St Luke’s Community Centre and Idia’s Community Kitchen, based at St Monica’s.
Established back in 2016, The Old Street District Partnership is a collective of local businesses that work together with statutory stakeholders, charities and local businesses in the area to promote and enhance the area around Old Street. Supporting local community projects is a core aim for the Partnership.
Submissions will be shortlisted by a panel of local community figures and successful applicants will be notified in the coming weeks 2021. The Pot makes funding available to charities, community groups and social enterprises operating within the OSD boundary.
Full details of the project can be found at www.oldstreetdistrict.london/community-pot.
Speaking about the launch of the initiative, Peter Morris, Chairman of the Partnership said:
“On behalf of the businesses across the Old Street District area, I am proud to be able to launch this new Community Pot. We already work extensively with a number of local community projects and the work of these organisations never fails to impress me. As a business community we want to support these local causes even more – they are the backbone of the area and help give the Old Street District its unique character and identity. We all benefit when the local community thrives and so I would encourage local groups, charities and social enterprises to get involved – we are here to support you!”
Commenting on the support received through the partnership, Aina Omo-Bare from Idia’s Community Kitchen said:
“Finally, we’ve been able to register as a charity! We simply wouldn’t have been in a position to do this without the help of the Old Street District Partnership. Their generous donation allowed us to open a bank account and buy an electric bike to collect food donations in an environmentally sustainable way.
Through the Partnership, we have received office furniture and catering equipment for our new premises. The team have linked us up with local businesses for support – they are creating community spirit in these challenging times.”