The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Red Nose Day Dispossessed Fund

Scores of small charities tackling poverty and inequality across London have been awarded grants in a bumper £1 million payout from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.

Today’s bonanza arises from our partnership with Comic Relief and marks the sixth time they have allocated a million pounds to the Dispossessed Fund. It takes total grants given out by our fund to £13 million in seven years, the most money ever given out by a newspaper-led charity in the UK and marking the Evening Standard as one of the UK’s biggest backers of community charities. (This figure excludes the funds disbursed to survivors and next of kin as part of our Grenfell Tower appeal.)

A total of 69 groups were awarded grants of £5,000 to £20,000 and were chosen for the transformative work they do to tackle gangs and knife crime, help people get back into work or education, address physical or mental disadvantage or other manifestations of social exclusion such as homelessness.

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.”

Our grants round was three times oversubscribed with 217 applications whittled down to a shortlist of 99. The 69 winners 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, the charity that manages our fund. 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.

For the full list of groups awarded grants click here



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