The Portal Centre for Social Impact


We're delighted to announce a £4m grant towards the work of the London College of Fashion (LCF), UAL. This significant commitment is the culmination of our 10-year partnership with the College – delivering public benefit through community projects with an educational focus across London.

This grant will support two key areas of the College’s future plans:

• A £2m grant towards the development of a new campus for the London College of Fashion in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Having been located across six sites for many years, in 2022 LCF will be moving to a single purpose-built site as part of the exciting East Bank development alongside the BBC, the V&A, and UCL.

• A £2m, ten-year investment in LCF’s community engagement and social impact initiatives, including the award-winning Making for Change programme at HMP Downview. Making for Change has been recognised for its exceptional track record in offender rehabilitation, and we've been proud to support the project over many years – and it will now also play a crucial role in the success of new initiatives in Poplar, Stratford, and throughout east London.

In recognition of this grant, UAL has proposed the creation of a new Centre for Social Impact at the London College of Fashion, a new hub of expertise for its social impact programme which will be located at LCF’s prestigious new home at East Bank in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Our Chief Executive, Richard Foley, says:

“This ground-breaking educational project creating a new Centre for Social Impact at the regenerated East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park promises to allow our partnership with the London College of Fashion to flourish and indeed strengthen. This partnership will offer great opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary projects and will act as a catalyst for innovation, transforming the prospects of individuals within local communities and wider afield.”