Community groups across London have less than two weeks to play a part in shaping the city’s response to some of its most pressing challenges, to help London emerge stronger from Covid-19.
The £1m Mayor’s Resilience Fund – launched by the Mayor of London and delivered in partnership with Nesta Challenges – will support groups from local authorities to charitable organisations to identify and develop solutions to the capital’s biggest challenges.
Community groups, such as local authorities, public agencies and social enterprises, will be asked to identify specific challenges they need to have solved. Ten specific challenges will be selected and in the new year, the country’s best innovators will be invited to present how they plan to address these challenges through new technologies or by applying innovative solutions.
Each challenge will be given support of up to £40,000, as well as expert mentoring and advice. The challenges are split between the following areas:
- Lack of social cohesion
- Poor air quality
- Food insecurity
- Poor housing affordability and quality
- Ageing infrastructure
- Poor health and wellbeing
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our Resilience Fund will play an important role in helping the city recover from the pandemic. Great ideas, developed from the grassroots up, will be vital to helping the capital move forward – and so I’m urging individuals and groups from all communities to come forward with their solutions to London’s challenges.”
Tris Dyson, Managing Director of Nesta Challenges added, “The Fund demonstrates how some of the capital’s most important groups can work together to help businesses and communities bounce back from Covid-19 in a rapid time frame.
“We are first calling on community groups to come forward with identified issues that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. Importantly, the ten successful community groups will have the opportunity to co-create solutions with some of the best innovators across the UK, presenting opportunities for learning, sharing and ultimately the creation of successful prototypes.”