Our community

Listening to the community

Although by their nature BIDs are business led and business funded, many BIDs recognise the inherent value and importance of working closely with all parts of the local community. The Culture Mile area benefits from having a diverse mix of businesses and vibrant residential communities: the largest concentration in the whole of the Square Mile. Residents are important to us, and the Culture Mile BID is committed to working with residents, community groups and other local stakeholders, with a view to embracing the collective drive and ambition this sort of partnership working can deliver.

The legislation that governs BIDs does not give residents a formal vote in the ballot, nor do they pay into the BID, however this does not mean residents won’t have a voice or benefit from the existence of the BID – quite the opposite. The Culture Mile BID started the dialogue with residents, ward members and other community groups and we will continue to develop new ways of working, which will be implemented throughout the BIDs term.

Culture Mile Community Fund

We funded 16 new projects for the second year (2024/25) and these projects were:

• St Giles Cripplegate – Changing Lives Project
• Barbican Wildlife Garden – Hazel Hedge
• Climate Education – Primary School Sessions
• Food for All – Recycling & Nourishing Project
• We Swim – Barbican
• Bart’s Hospital – Poetry Van Project
• Forget Me Not Café – Cultural Events at Golden Lane
• St Bartholomew the Great – The Great Disputation
• Voces8 – Sing Everyday Project
• London Wall Jewish Heritage Event
• Holy Sepulchre – MusicaliTea
• Golden Lane – Kids Summer Club
• Thamesreach Hostel Garden
• Autism Vibast – Autism Community Group
• Mental Fight Club Zines
• Drum Works Barbican

Scroll down to find out more about each project.

We funded 13 local community projects and charities in our first year (2023/24), would you like to hear how our funding programme has impacted the local area and meet those who have made it happen? Click here to watch some of our highlights.

The Culture Mile Community Fund was set up as part of our commitment to creating connections with the wider residential community, bringing business and community together to create meaningful local engagement.

Collaboration, diversity and community is a key foundation stone of our BID. In order to support local charities and grass roots organisations in the Culture Mile footprint and to support our member’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals – we focused on creating a new funding opportunity for projects relating to the following themes:

– Health & Wellbeing

– Community

– Arts & Culture

– Environment & Biodiversity

– Opportunity

Partnering with Action Funder, in June 2023 the Culture Mile Community Fund was launched.

Culture Mile BID will be proudly showcasing the work of the chosen projects regularly throughout the year  – so do look out for the updates!

Latest Projects

London Wall Jewish Heritage

London Wall Heritage Event

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Sing Every Day Community Performances

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St Bart’s The Great

The history of Bartholomew Fair and St Bart’s the Great goes back to 1133.

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