The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Sport Relief Dispossessed Fund

Good causes are handed £1m to help London's vulnerable

In August 2016, 68 grassroots charities tackling social exclusion across London have been awarded grants in a £1 million payout from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund – taking the total given out by the fund to a record £11.3 million, the most money ever given out by a newspaper-led charity.

The grant distribution is from our partnership with Comic Relief, which this year encouraged Londoners to take part in Sport Relief. It marks the fifth time they have allocated a million pounds to the Dispossessed Fund.

The grants awarded range from £5,000 to £20,000 and charities were chosen for the transformative work they are doing to help the most vulnerable Londoners. The selected charities will use the grants for innovative projects that help people get back into work or education, address pensioner isolation, tackle gangs and knife crime and homelessness. To read more about some of the projects that received funding, including Double Jab ABC, an organisation using boxing to empower those in South East London who are most at risk of crime and gang culture, please follow this link.

This latest grants round was three times oversubscribed, with 310 groups applying across 31 boroughs. Decisions were made in a five-hour Dispossessed Fund panel meeting attended by representatives of the Evening Standard, Comic Relief and The London Community Foundation, the charity who administers the fund.

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