The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Red Nose Day Dispossessed Fund

Struggling Londoners were given a boost today as Comic Relief handed a £1 million cash bonanza to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.

The £1 million cash injection, to fund grants to charitable groups tackling poverty and social exclusion, takes the total raised by the Dispossessed Fund since its inception in 2010 to £17.77 million. This is the most money ever raised by a newspaper-led charitable fund - and it is the sixth time that Comic Relief has chosen our award-winning initiative as a major beneficiary.

The windfall will be distributed to more than 60 grassroots groups tackling inequality across the capital and will be disbursed in grants of £5,000 to £20,000 that can be applied for from today.

Liz Warner, chief executive of Comic Relief said: “It’s been brilliant to see Evening Standard readers supporting our Red Nose Day campaign in imaginative ways and it is thanks to this incredible generosity that we are able to help people right here in London. We are proud to support the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund once again with £1 million that will change lives for the most vulnerable people in the capital.”

Sarah Sands, editor of the London Evening Standard, said: “The partnership between Comic Relief and the Evening Standard is good for London and gives a timely boost to the hundreds of grassroots charities that toil unrecognized across our capital and do such a sterling job to support struggling Londoners. We are proud to announce another £1 million of grants to empower their brilliant work.”

GRANTS TO TACKLE INEQUALITY

What is happening today?

Comic Relief has given a £1 million boost to the Dispossessed Fund that is being made available to groups tackling social exclusion across the capital. Charities are invited to apply for grants of £5,000 to £20,000.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you will have annual income of less than £250,000 and you will be working to lift people out of poverty in one of the following areas: tackling educational disadvantage; getting people into work; fighting gangs, knife and gun crime; improving mental and physical health and supporting carers, or addressing other manifestations of poverty, such as homelessness.

What has the Dispossessed Fund achieved so far?

The fund has now raised £17.77 million since its launch in 2010 and £11.3m has been given out in 1,086 grants helping more than 150,000 people across the capital.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Applications should be made by May 12th to The London Community Foundation, the charity that manages the Dispossessed Fund, at: http://www.londoncf.org.uk/grants/esdf-red-nose-day.aspx

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