Bank of America money for local community projects

Bank of America is offering financial and practical support to London charities under its "Neighbourhood Excellence Initiative", designed to help organisations that are enhancing their local communities. Alexandra, who spotted the news, rightly points out that Brockley has a surfeit of suitable candidates.

Awards range from £3,000 to £110,000 and London is the only non-US city included. The application deadline is June 1st, so there's not much time to get an entry in.

Here's what BoA says:

We have long held the belief that a healthy community is a healthy place to do business. To be successful, we are committed to creating real impact in those places where we live, work, and do business.

That’s why we developed the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, our signature philanthropic program, which recognizes, nurtures, and rewards community-based organizations, local heroes and student leaders working to improve their communities.
We focus on areas such as:

  • education
  • community development/neighborhood preservation
  • arts and culture
  • health and human services
In order to address critical neighborhood needs, we work with local community leaders to identify economic and social priorities, and the visionaries working to sustain, strengthen and grow our communities. Together, we can create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods where all of us can pursue our dreams.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brockley Cross Action Group has the chance to finally change to upgrade the commons, pedestranise Colgate street and reshape teh BX roundabout.

Anonymous said...

What's the catch? Big corporations don't give away money unless they get something in return. We'd probably have to add 'sponsored by Bank of America' to every sign with the word "Brockley" on it.

Brockley Nick said...

It's called Corporate Social Responsibility and they don't usually want anything in return, other than to be able to tell people that's what they do.

anon@19.37 said...

Yes, I'm familiar with CSR. It's normally either done for employee relations (matched giving/time off for charity work etc.) or projects they can boast about in their annual report or in publicity material. I for one do not want charity from an American bank, however indirectly.

Brockley Nick said...

Don't apply for it then ;)

I don't see why any local charity should have a problem with it.

Anonymous said...

Well no, I won't, but I would be dismayed to see communal bits of Brockley financed by them. So long as it's behind closed doors, what other charities do is of course up to them...

Anonymous said...

sounds like an obvious source of cash for the Brockley Max and the various socially, environmentally and locally good things that spin off from that....

monkeyboy said...

Don't know about you but a substantial chunk of my pension is invested in blue chips such as banks. We're all part of the same hypocrisy, as a scary Italian gangster once said.

Name said...

The Tea Leaf Gallery should get the money to breath some more life into there projects.

I'd love to see more from them.

majglobal said...

Beggers can't be choosers - take the money and sort the place out!

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