FUNDRAISING NEWS: Four Lloyds TSB trusts hand out cash awards

CLAIRE SAMES

Grassroots organisations that make a real difference to people's lives will benefit from £36 million funding being awarded by Lloyds TSB Foundations across the UK.

The money will go to charities that provide services for disadvantaged and disabled people. It will help tackle community issues such as homelessness, bereavement and mental health, as well as funding youth centres, care for the elderly and community schemes.

The income has been split across the four foundations as follows: England and Wales £26 million; Scotland £7 million; Northern Ireland £2 million and the Channel Islands £1 million.

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has already awarded £5.7 million across a portfolio of 839 charities.

The national charities that qualified for grants include Refuge, which received £60,000 towards the salary of the head of its helpline. And £10,150 has been donated to Prostate Cancer Charity for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities to fund a feasibility study and help raise awareness.

In the regions, a £15,000 grant has been given to Rotherham Furniture Plus to buy a second-hand van. It collects donated furniture to distribute to people on low income and benefits.

Conwy Connect for Learning Disabilities has received £1,581 to fund the production of its Who's Who Directory of telephone numbers, which it mails to all members.

Charities in England and Wales can apply for grants through 10 regional managers at the foundation. This year's funding is the largest amount to be distributed by the four trusts in their six-year history. Overall, a total of £134 million has been awarded by the foundations which are entitled to 1 per cent of Lloyds TSB's pre-tax profits over three years.

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