First recipients of government's £20m Local Sustainability Fund announced

A total of 133 organisations have been awarded grants worth £9m

The Cabinet Office has released details of the first 133 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to be awarded funding from its £20m Local Sustainability Fund.

The LSF is administered by the Big Lottery Fund and will provide grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 to selected small and medium-sized VCSEs with incomes of between £100,000 and £1.5m a year.

The Cabinet Office announced on Friday the first 133 organisations to have received a share of an initial £9m that has been made available through the fund.

The biggest recipients include the London-based charity ALD Life, which raises awareness of and supports people with the genetic disorders ALD and AMN and which received £100,000. The disorders are believed to lead to unexplained adrenal failure in boys and men.

The only other charity to be awarded £100,000 from the fund was Different Strokes (Trustees), which helps stroke survivors who are below retirement age.

Other organisations that will receive funding include Age UK charities in Stockport, North Yorkshire and Sevenoaks, Kent, and the south-east London learning disability charity Bromley Mencap.

Most of the first payments will be distributed in April, a Cabinet Office spokesman said.

Details of another 132 organisations that have secured funding will be announced shortly, he said.

More than 1,000 organisations applied for LSF funding before the first phase of the application process closed on 26 July 2015. Of those, 400 were shortlisted and invited to complete a full application. 

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