Government makes £1m available to Grenfell Tower charities

London Funders will coordinate distribution of the money, and Locality will take charge of another £48,000 from government to support an assistance centre

Aid after the Grenfell Tower fire
Aid after the Grenfell Tower fire

The government has made £1m available to local charities that are dealing with the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said local charities would receive reimbursement for their immediate response to the Grenfell Tower fire earlier this month.

At least 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead after the fire, which occurred in Kensington, west London.

London Funders, a membership network for funders and investors in London’s voluntary sector, will coordinate the distribution of the money along with a consortium of other trusts and foundations.

The new money is in addition to a £5m discretionary fund for residents of Grenfell Tower that was announced by the government last week.

A further £48,000 from the government will help to provide organisational support for an assistance centre near the tower – located at the Westway Centre – and will be administered by Locality.

Six other charities, as well as London Funders, agreed a joint approach with the Charity Commission last week to provide immediate financial support to victims of the fire.

The next of kin of those killed in the fire will receive an initial £20,000 from the more than £10m donated by the public since the disaster, with those injured receiving £10,000.

People made homeless would receive a £10,000 "fresh start" grant once they were rehoused, the commission said.

The charities involved in the discussions with the commission were the British Red Cross, Muslim Aid, the London Emergencies Trust, the Rugby Portobello Trust, the London Community Foundation and the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.

Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, said: "The residents of Grenfell Tower have been through some of the most harrowing experiences imaginable and the response from local charities and volunteers has been remarkable.

"This funding will mean that smaller charities and community organisations can continue to make a huge difference. The first payments are in the process of being made and the government will continue to do everything we can as fast as we can to support those affected by this terrible tragedy."

David Warner, chief executive of London Funders, said: "We are delighted that the DCLG has responded with vital funds to provide immediate support to community groups in Kensington and Chelsea who are supporting those directly affected by the Grenfell fire.

"London Funders, along with a consortium of trusts and foundations, is making sure the money gets to those groups that can best use it as quickly as possible. We have now put in place the processes to make that happen."

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