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Derwent London is pleased to announce the successful applicants for its Tech Belt* Community Fund (winter 2016 round) from local community groups, residents and local business owners.

A total of £30,000 is being awarded to the following projects for winter 2016:

  • Centre 404 – EC1 family support and drop-in services

  • Quaker Court TMO – Intergenerational story and drama project

  • St Hilda’s East Community Centre – Older people’s healthy living group

  • Inspire/ St Monica’s Primary School – iDiscover

  • Inspire/Central Foundation Boys School – Connecting Silicon Hack

  • St Luke’s Parochial Trust – EC1 collaborative public art project

  • Islington Play Association – This is real and it’s yours! Toffee Park Playground redesign

The projects chosen were from a large number of applications which were submitted as part of the application process. A community panel was convened with officers from the London Boroughs of Islington and Hackney and staff from Derwent London, to contribute to the decision-making process. The panel was impressed with the quality and range of applications and selected the winning entries on the basis that they will offer a range of positive benefits, focusing on access to employment, physical, social, cultural, arts and health.

John Davies, Head of Sustainability at Derwent London, commented:
“We are once again really pleased to see such a great range of local projects and to be able to support a range of different initiatives which are much needed in the local area. We are committed to continuing the fund and will once again launch another round in spring 2017, so as to give a chance for others to get their projects off the ground.”

The Group will repeat the exercise on a biannual basis for the coming years.

*The Tech Belt is defined here as the area extending from King’s Cross to Whitechapel, largely covering EC1 & E1.