Get Living, the UK’s leading build-to-rent operator of large-scale residential neighbourhoods, supported by the East End Community Foundation, a longstanding East London charity, has released a new round of funding to support community-groups in and around East Village, Stratford.
The Inspiring Communities Fund’s latest round of funding will offer grants of up to £3,000 to non-profit organisations, charities and community groups in E15, E20 and E9 postcodes. Groups can apply for funding under the themes of health and wellbeing, people and communities, and arts and culture.
Since its establishment in 2015, the Inspiring Communities Fund has provided in excess of £140,000 to over 50 organisations with the aim of increasing community connections, improving health and wellbeing and engaging more people in the cultural opportunities in and around the East Village area. Organisations that have previously benefitted from funding have included Rosetta Arts, Newham Music, Eastside Community Heritage and Ball Out Community.
Get Living was launched in May 2013 with a distinct mission to change the way people rent whilst supporting its local and surrounding communities. East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, is its flagship neighbourhood with close to 2,000 homes for rent and still growing. The Company’s ethos is that the creation of social value is symbiotic with economic and environmental value and community creation.
Since its inception, Get Living has given more than £500,000 to UK charitable and community causes across wellbeing, arts and sport. Get Living recently donated to Mind in Lambeth and Southwark, an extension of its existing partnership with Mind in Salford. Other current initiatives include support for East Village community space, The Hall, local Newham artists through Rosetta Arts, as well as being a founding sponsor of the East Village-based E20 Football Foundation and a long-time supporter of SportsAid, the UK’s leading charity for young athletes.
Rick de Blaby, CEO of Get Living, said: “We’re hopeful that our now established Inspiring Communities Fund will continue to make a meaningful difference to residents in and around East Village. We’re not just changing renting for the better; but work hard to nurture sustainable neighbourhoods and hope that this support will continue to foster community connections whilst upholding the area’s Olympic legacy.”
Paige Murphy, Head of Grants and Community Engagement, East End Community Foundation, added: “It’s fantastic to be working with Get Living in their sixth year of community giving, supporting the community in and around East Village. Sustainable funding for local organisations can be really hard to come by so we value our partnership with Get Living in providing ongoing support for community action to make a real difference for local people.”
The deadline for applications for the Inspiring Communities Fund is 12pm on 22 February 2021. Visit the East End Community Fund website to apply.