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Grenfell Tower update

It has been just over a week since the tragedy at Grenfell Towers and the immediate response and generosity of individuals and businesses from across London, the UK and worldwide, has been truly overwhelming. Over 50,000 individual donations have come through, raising over £4.6 million. We are so grateful at the outpouring of support and it is inspiring to see Londoners and communities of all backgrounds coming together.

Since last Friday, The London Community Foundation has had staff on the Grenfell Tower site each day to meet and speak with those affected by the tragedy and those working to support them. We have begun to make emergency payments to both residents and local community organisations with £120,000 given to The Rugby Portobello Trust and Al-Manaar mosque to distribute £1,000 payments per flat. We have also distributed grants of £5,000 to support the main community organisations who are providing assistance on the ground. 14 organisations have since received payment, with more to follow. This support is ongoing as we identify other groups who need funds – particularly those who are able to reach undocumented residents who have been unwilling to come forward.

Now that the initial phase of the response is coming to an end, we are committed to working with the local community – including those from the tower and surrounding blocks – to determine how the funding should be spent in the long term. This processes is likely to begin once we can confirm that all of the residents have been permanently rehoused. Once we have determined the priorities of the local community, we will create a panel of local residents to oversee the distribution of funding to community organisations. Our ultimate priority is to ensure the voices of the residents and communities affected by this tragedy are heard.

Published on 22 June 2017

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