Isis Amlak knows from experience that applying for grants can be a frustrating and drawn-out process: "We have no control over what happens. You fill out that application or that online form - sometimes it's really long or really complicated - it goes off and you sit and wait and wait until somebody gets back to you."

As a grant-making body, Westway Trust has been looking for a better way to do this, a way that suits local residents, and Isis had the answer - Participatory Grant-making.

"I got involved with Participatory Grant-making myself as an applicant," she says.

I was running a project locally and I thought 'Wow, this looks really interesting'. The difference with participatory grant-making is that the people applying for the money also have a say in the decision who gets the money and how much is allocated - it is turning the table on traditional grant-making.

As a North Kensington resident, Isis knows full well the local need to find new solutions to old problems and is working as a consultant with the Trust to bring other members of the community on board to design and create a Participatory Grant-making system that works for the area.

Let's not forget, Westway Trust is holding 23 acres of land in trust for us local residents in the community, and that's something really important.

The Trust distributes over £100k in direct grants to local community groups annually. In the past this was done by panels of staff, Trustees and with some local involvement. Now it is trying to do something truly different and the first steps are about getting people in the community to understand more.

As Isis says: "I really hope that if you care about what you are doing in this community and you want to do more and you want to make a change and you want to be involved in how money is spent then you'll come along and let us know what your views are."