London Mayor launches ‘Resilience’ fund
Grants of up to £30,000 are available to help London's communities and businesses recover from lockdown.
The Resilience Fund is the Mayor’s £1 million innovation programme to support London’s businesses and community groups to emerge stronger from the current coronavirus crisis, and to ensure the capital is better prepared for future emergencies.
The fund will support the designing and testing of innovations with grants of up to £30,000, that:
- Build digital tools to help London emerge from the current crisis, and fare better during future stresses and shocks
- Help small businesses and community organisations to adapt and diversify
- Create positive social change that addresses London’s major stresses – from inequality to food insecurity and poor health and wellbeing
Businesses, social enterprises and community groups will be matched with tech innovators who will help them find new ways of delivering their products and services to keep up with the accelerated pace of change after the pandemic and to improve their own resilience to future shocks.
The first stage is to make the most important challenges facing London are being addressed, and by the right partners – the fund calls them ‘resilience partners’.
Almost any type of organisation can apply to become a resilience partner and submit a challenge, including: London boroughs, business improvement districts, community groups, social enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses and charities.