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Red Nose Day grants awarded


We are delighted to announce that 69 small charities tackling poverty and inequality across London have been awarded just over £1 million in grants from the Red Nose Day - Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.

Grants range from £5,000 to £20,000 and address a range of issues, from tackling gang and knife crime, helping people get back into work or education to addressing physical or mental disadvantage.

Liz Warner, the new chief executive of Comic Relief, said: “There has never been a more timely or appropriate moment to be funding grassroots organisations all over London. Comic Relief is proud to be supporting 69 projects helping really vulnerable people who have been affected by gangs and knife crime, domestic violence, mental health, homelessness or educational disadvantage. This money will make a very real difference to some of the people in this city who need it most.”

The 69 successful groups were chosen in a five-hour panel meeting chaired by David Sulkin OBE and attended by representatives of the Evening Standard, Comic Relief, grassroots charities and The London Community Foundation. To be eligible, the group’s annual income could not exceed £250,000 and it had to be run by local people.

The Dispossessed Fund has raised £18 million (excluding the Grenfell Tower appeal of £6.2 million) since it was set up in 2010, of which £3.9 million is invested in an endowment. So far 1,186 grants have been awarded, helping hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people across the capital.

Published on 18 August 2017

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