You might already have seen that the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) have launched ‘open calls’ for community/business partnerships to bid for funding and support.

The closing date for the GLA open call is May 17th so we wanted to highlight these in case they were of interest, or to highlight the opportunity to other partners. Let me know if you have any questions.

Summaries and links to more info below:

  1. High Streets for All Challenge
  2. Designing London’s Recovery Fund


1. High Streets for All Challenge

This is an open call for high street partnerships to develop innovative high street strategies and proposals for under-used buildings and public spaces to boost economic and cultural activity.

The aim is for high street partnerships to bring together local authorities, community and business groups, cultural and third sector organisations, universities, colleges or hospitals, and commercial organisations to develop the capacity to support high street and town centre renewal.

The challenge is supported by the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), and will provide targeted advice and funding from June 2021 to help form these partnerships, prepare strategies, propose and test projects.

One project per borough will be selected and will be awarded £20,000 revenue funding to develop the strategy and project plans, with the potential for up to £100,000 capital funding to implement projects and develop detailed proposals to attract further funding.

Open call closes: Monday 17th May 2021, at 4pm

Link to the GLA site, with more information on the funding and how to respond to the open call:

High Streets for all Challenge

2. Designing London’s Recovery Fund

The Mayor of London is launching the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) new design-led innovation programme in partnership with the Design Council.

The programme invites London-based, multi-disciplinary partnerships to take a creative and collaborative approach to co-creating solutions to London’s Recovery from the pandemic, with expert advice and mentoring offered through the GLA and the Design Council.

There are 3 innovation briefs to respond to, which form part of the GLA’s 9 Recovery Missions:

1: Helping Londoners into Good Work – innovative proposals to deliver skills, life-long learning and supporting people into work

2: Building Strong Communities – ways to support those hardest hit by the pandemic to be involved in their local recovery

3: Green New Deal/High Streets for All – re-imagining High Streets and buildings to contribute to net zero aims and generate green jobs

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 15th June 2021

Link to LEAP’s site, with more information on the funding and how to submit an expression of interest:

Help us design London’s economic recovery