The Mayor of London came to Tottenham to launch a new initiative that could see community projects across the capital awarded £50,000.

Sadiq Khan yesterday launched his latest crowdfunding programme to help raise money for local projects at Tottenham Café Connect in Haringey.

Tottenham Café Connect is a run-down bowling club that was converted into a place where people in the local community meet to learn new skills, cook and share food grown in the onsite garden – it was created from previous crowdfunding money.

Mr Khan said: “This is people-powered regeneration in action and we want more Londoners with great ideas for improving their local communities to get involved.

“I’m also calling on businesses to join me in supporting these brilliant projects, which enable our city’s diverse communities to play an active role in shaping the future of their local areas.”

Mr Khan encouraged anyone with a “creative project” to apply for this year’s crowdfunding programme.

The Crowdfund programme gives funding to community led projects which is then met with funding from other people or organisations to meet a fundraising target – applicants can bid for up to £50,000.

This is the sixth round of Crowdfunding in London – last year Mr Khan pledged nearly £600,000 to 26 local projects in 19 boroughs.

Leyla Laksari is the founder and CEO of Living Under One Sun, which created Tottenham Café Connect.

Ms Laksari said: “We are extremely grateful to the Mayor for his support through his crowdfunding programme.

"With this support we have created a welcoming place in our neighbourhood for people of all backgrounds and ages to come together and share stories, skills and ideas, as a way of having a positive role in shaping Tottenham’s future.”