The Estate We're In
Evening Standard Special Project
The Estate We’re In: London Estates given £1 million in funding
More than 125 deprived housing estates in London are set to benefit from a £1 million-plus grants bonanza as a result of our award-winning initiative The Estate We’re In.
The £1.2 million regeneration package - allocated to 96 grassroots groups tackling social exclusion on estates across the capital - is the largest aggregate grant distribution ever made by the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and marks a historic moment.
It takes total grant giving by the Dispossessed Fund since it was founded in 2010 to more than £10 million - the most money ever distributed by a newspaper-led charitable initiative in history. It also takes total grants beyond the 1,000 mark.
The array of projects funded is wonderfully diverse and comprises 85 groups in 23 boroughs as part of our pan-London rollout, and 11 new groups on Angell Town, our flagship estate in Brixton.
Some notable groups funded include Salaam Peace (read more here), which bravely confronts radicalisation on two north-east London estates with the stirring motto, “be the change in the community you want to see”. Other groups such as South Central Youth and One True Voice, tackle gang culture on estates, the latter targeting at-risk Somali girls on a fraught Islington estate.
The average grant was £13,500 and the maximum available from the £1.15 million pot was £20,000. In addition, 11 Angell Town groups were awarded grants totalling £47,000 – to complement the six grants we made last year of £86,000 - in a separate two-hour panel meeting.