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Silvertown-based Tate and Lyle Sugars launches community funding scheme for second year running

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 September 2018

Newham's mayor with staff from Tate and Lyle and recipients of last year's Lyle's Local Fund. Picture: Rhiannon Long

Newham's mayor with staff from Tate and Lyle and recipients of last year's Lyle's Local Fund. Picture: Rhiannon Long

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The Tate and Lyle Local Fund was launched this morning for the second year running.

Applecart Arts used their Tate and Lyle funding to create a Applecart Arts used their Tate and Lyle funding to create a "Streetwise Map" to highlight issues around youth safety, which is going to be made into a permanent installation. Picture: Rhiannon Long

The fund, set up by Tate and Lyle Sugars, provides grants of up to £2,500 to non-profit organisations and charities in Newham for projects which make the borough “healthier, safer and more prosperous”.

At Thursday’s launch event, Newham’s mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, joined previous grant recipients to open the next round of funding.

She said: “It’s important that we sustain solid relationships with long-standing institutions that make up the backbone of what Newham is about.

“The stuff that Tate and Lyle are doing makes it thrilling to be here, celebrating your successes. It’s really important to have positive relationships with significant employers so we can sustain a vibrant and democratic local economy.

Newham's mayor, Rokhsana  Fiaz, speaking at the launch of the second year of Lyle's Local Fund. Picture: Rhiannon LongNewham's mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, speaking at the launch of the second year of Lyle's Local Fund. Picture: Rhiannon Long

“Economy is not just about money and it’s not just about jobs. Local economy is so fundamental because it can drive social value. A huge part of the local economy is our community services, social work, schools, churches and youth hubs. All of us are part of an ecology where we have to make sure it remains healthy. All the projects we undertake should retain this healthy ecology.”

Tate and Lyle, supported by Newham Council, has £25,000 to give out in grants as part of the fund. Applications opened today and will close at 5pm on October 12. Successful applications will be announced in December, with projects chosen which meet the criteria of making the borough safer, healthier or more prosperous.

“When we opened the fund for the first time last year, we didn’t know how it would go,” said Tate and Lyle’s Claire Crill.

“We ended up having 75 applications for funding. We’re thrilled we’ve been able to contribute to and support these opportunities.”

Among last year’s successful recipients was the Newham Community Renewal Programme, which held a school council conference using £1,000 from the fund.

The conference saw pupils from various schools in the borough come together to learn about each other’s school councils.

Marie Hardie from Brampton Manor Academy, one of the schools which took part, said: “We were able to run this conference thanks to the Tate and Lyle grant. We took four children from each school to discuss what it meant to be a school council. It highlighted the importance of being able to listen and they talked about they have could do to improve.”

Find out how to apply here .

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