London funder awards over £2.8 million to 18 charities tackling inequality across the capital

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded grants totalling over £2.8million to 18 charities tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding.

The grants include:

  • £270,000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) towards a project supporting children and young people who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited
  • £87,000 to FoodCycle, a charity which supports people who are hungry and lonely by serving lunches and dinners using surplus food
  • £98,400 to Stop the Traffik, a charity working to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking, towards a community project in West London which will educate and empower residents to take action to prevent trafficking in their local area.

In addition, £100,000 was awarded to Kensington and Chelsea Citizens Advice Bureau Service and London Emergencies Trust for work in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. This is in addition to eighteen grants totalling £114,480 previously given by the Trust for summer activities in the Kensington and Chelsea area.

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

“In our latest round of funding we have awarded grants to a variety of charities. However, there was a particular focus on funding organisations offering free legal advice. The reason for this is simply need. If there is demand and a need for support, we will step in.

“We fund work focused on tackling disadvantage in London and want to make a difference to as many lives as possible through the projects we support.

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

Wendy Adams, UK Projects Co-ordinator of Stop the Traffik, added:

“This initiative will empower communities to become more resilient against modern slavery and contribute to increased identification of this crime.

“We are really excited to see the impact this will have in protecting people who are most at risk of being exploited.”

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 7,700 grants totalling over £370 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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