In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local projects via their innovative Brixton Fund

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

Introduced last year to increase the resources available for community and socially-minded activities in the area, the Brixton Fund is the Brixton Pound’s local grants scheme. On Tuesday night, locals gathered to decide how the funds should be distributed.

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

With the Brixton Pound receiving a huge number of applications from people wanting to do good things in Brixton, they extended an open invitation for interested parties to decide how the funds should be shared out amongst their shortlisted candidates.

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

The event took place in Brixton East, just off Coldharbour Lane, in front of a large crowd with the nine shortlisted projects set up in stalls hoping to persuade attendees to give them their support.

These were the nine projects:

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

The way it worked was something like a philanthropic Dragon’s Den, where people were first given the opportunity to find out more about each project by talking to the organisers.

Then, everyone was given ten chickpeas in a cup (acting as tokens), and were invited to distribute them to the projects they liked, up to a maximum of five for each one.

The projects that had the most tokens got the full amount of cash they were asking for, and through a complicated formula that probably involved quantum physics and the analysis of subatomic particles, others would get a percentage of what they asked for.

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

After all the tokens were counted up, the groups were awarded the following amounts listed below, but – like a TV quiz show – no one went home empty handed. Or, as Hot Chocolate put it, Everyone Is A Winner.

  • Advocacy Academy – £2000
  • Age Uk Lambeth – £530
  • Bling Ya Bike – £573.5
  • Brixton Community Base- £1000
  • Cornerstone Church Group – £500
  • Lambeth Elfrida Rathbone Society – £1000
  • Sccoop – £750
  • Speech Inspired – £573.5
  • WANT – £573.5

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

There was also panel discussion that tried to address the tricky question of:”How can community activities exist, let alone thrive, at a time when London’s development creates increasingly difficult conditions for it?”

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

The speakers in the panel were: 

  • Binki Taylor (chair) – Chair of the Brixton Pound
  • Cllr Donatus Anyanwu – Lead Member for Community Relations, Lambeth Council
  • Rebecca Trevalyan – Head of Partnerships, Impact Hub Brixton
  • Mike Urban – Editor of Urban75 and Brixton Buzz
  • Sue Sheehan – Green Champion, Lambeth
  • Kwesi Shaddai – Regional Organiser, London, Edge Fund

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

The night also featured short talks from people who had previously been funded by the Brixton Fund, followed by a raffle for a highly desirable limited edition David Bowie Brixton Pound print. Which we failed to win. Bah!

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

We loved the event and applaud Brixton Pound for their bold initiative, which lets valuable community groups get much-needed funding without all the faffing about with endless red tape and form filling.

It’s just a shame that we failed to with that Bowie print. 🙂

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

Here’s some more photos from the event:

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

In photos: Brixton Pound dishes out dosh to local enterprises via the Brixton Fund at Brixton East, 7th June 2016

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