The third round of the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund – Save London Lives fund has now been awarded, with 16 organisations receiving grants of up to £30,000 each over three years.
In the first two rounds of the fund, 41 grants totalling £800,000 were awarded to local community organisations and charities providing trauma support and employment opportunities for young people and families affected by serious youth violence.
The aim of this third grant round, made possible due to a generous donation of £600,000 from the L&Q Foundation, was to support grassroots organisations with demonstrable experience in tackling youth violence. These funded organisations will also receive capacity building, networking and training events to help them build resilience and share expertise. Click here to see a list of all funded organisations.
Cathy Norris, from Prospex who received £30,000 to sustain their Street Team to provide outreach youth-work for 100 young people per year in Islington and Camden said:
We are absolutely delighted with the funds from Save London Lives to support our Street Team. It is fantastic that you are investing in the future of our Street Team and will make a real difference to the young people we meet during our outreach sessions.
Karen Jefferys, Support Development Coordinator from CRiBs who received £30,000 to run early intervention projects to tackle social, emotional, personal and behavioural problems for 360 primary school children per year in Bexley said:
We are absolutely thrilled to have secured ongoing funding for the essential work of Boys Noise and b:You - projects to help primary children who are struggling in schools. We've had so many great comments about our work, but perhaps one of our favourites is one from last week (June 2019): 'Boys Noise is better than slime.' It's one of our top comments from a child because it shows that a project that supports children with social, emotional, behavioural and personal issues can be engaging, popular and fun. At the same time they are life changing as attitudes, social skills and therefore life chances change for the better. Thank you to ESDF Save London Lives for making this possible.