New funding secured for Kilburn High Road improvements
Camden Council has secured a further £155,000 of funding from the Mayor of London’s High Streets for All Challenge to help create and deliver improvements for Kilburn High Road. This follows a previous successful bid for £20,000 funding to develop ideas with the community.
This funding will enable Camden to work with local organisations and Brent Council to deliver projects which will help Kilburn’s centre to flourish and thrive, including building local partnerships, bringing vacant spaces in Kilburn back into use and using art to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Kilburn High Road.
“I am delighted that we have secured further funding to help Kilburn thrive and prosper through projects that will help to unlock vacant space for the community, bring art to the High Street and enable local people to be at the heart of decision making on its future.
“This additional funding will enable us to build on the existing great work of local people, organisations and businesses that are doing so much in the area.
“We love our local high streets – and they have been a vital source of support over the pandemic for communities. However, we also know that improvements are needed and there is huge untapped potential.
“This funding, and our broader high streets work, will ensure that there are opportunities for the community to play an active role in shaping their neighbourhoods. People can suggest their own projects through the Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund initiative – where local individuals or groups can suggest projects, attract crowdfunding, with Camden match funding successful bids too.”
Camden is also only one of two boroughs selected to work with Power to Change, to explore the creation of a local partnership, called a Community Improvement District, that puts community participation at the heart of work to bring about positive change in Kilburn’s centre.
Earlier this year the council launched its Future High Streets Prospectus which sets out the council’s vision to support high streets and respond to the needs of its communities across the borough.
This successful funding bid also builds on Camden’s recently created crowdfunding programme which supports funding for projects that help deliver its high street vision and make Camden’s high streets more inclusive, sustainable and successful.
The council will very soon announce funding pledges for the first round of projects submitted this Autumn. The next funding round will open in early spring 2022. You can get involved now by filling out an expression of interest form. To get involved or learn more, view the Spacehive crowdfund page here.