There is an opportunity for local community projects to be awarded small grants (up to £2,500). Willesden Green ward has been awarded £67 to spend in allocations between 2012 to 2015. The Community First Panel, comprising local residents and traders, will submit proposals to the Community Development Foundation (administrators of the scheme) by the end of March 2013. Community based projects will focus on:
- Helping Willesden Green become a place to enjoy diverse, new and interesting activities and create attractions that enhance pride.
- Making people better informed about services and activities in the area.
- Encouraging young people to have an active, engaged and positive relationship with Willesden Green.
- Supporting the creation and development of a Town Team that truly represents all local stakeholders
- Fostering green and environmental projects and improve the environment, visual appeal and healthfulness of Willesden Green.
Call 07810008526 for details or funding applications.
A Brent project, “New Windows on Willesden Green”, was the winner of the 2012 Regeneration and Renewal award for boosting high street vitality last month. The scheme has gone from strength to strength since its launch, includes 13 flourishing pop up shops on Queen's Parade. Local entrepreneurs have been given empty shops for low rent and turned them into viable businesses. Shop owners have been joining in with the other businesses recently creating beautiful window displays to encourage shoppers back into the area.
The Library Lab in Willesden Green Library is also still providing residents with a creative space to work from and get business advice and support and Electric House (Willesden Lane) is now being used to showcase the work of local artists as well as providing businesses with advice on dressing their shop windows. The recently formed Willesden Green Team, made up of local residents and business owners, will continue to build on the project by bringing vitality to the area for years to come.