City Bridge Trust awards over £4 million to 49 charities tackling disadvantage across greater London

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded grants totalling £4,114,800 to 49 charitable organisations tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding.

The grants include: £43,000 to Raw Material towards their In-Reach project which will take creative music activities to mental health hospital wards in South London; £119,000 to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability towards regular sports activities for people living with severe neurological disabilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential and enjoy the best possible quality of life; and £116,000 to Children England towards the 4in10 programme against child poverty in London.

The Trust also awarded five grants as part of its new Bridge to Work programme, which will over the course of five years seek to remove barriers to employment for young disabled Londoners.

A grant of £75,000 was given in response to the Westminster terror attack on March 22 this year. This grant was given to the London Emergencies Trust, which distributes funds to the families and survivors of terror attacks in the capital. City Bridge Trust is also resourcing the charity by providing staff and office space.

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“We are delighted to have been able to award over £4million worth of grants in this round of funding to such a wide variety of charities. We fund work focused on tackling disadvantage in London and support charities to transform the lives of the capital’s most vulnerable residents. 

“We wanted to give whatever support we could at such a difficult time to the victims and families of the Westminster attack, and we continue to work closely with the London Emergencies Trust in the aftermath of the subsequent devastating attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market.

“City Bridge Trust is committed to tackling disadvantage across the capital and making London a fairer and better place to live.”

Jane Beaven, Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, added:

"All of the sports activities we provide for our patients are entirely dependent on voluntary donations. This grant from City Bridge Trust will ensure we can continue to offer sports activities for people who are living with complex disabilities, while at the same time improving the environment in which patients and residents receive care."

City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. The Trust has awarded around 7,600 grants totalling over £350 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners


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