Charities offered share of almost £27m grant fund to tackle homelessness and abuse

The money is part of London Councils' new four-year grants programme for organisations in the English capital

Charities based in London can apply for grants from a £26.7m funding pot aimed at tackling homelessness and sexual and domestic abuse. 

London Councils’ new four-year grants programme aims to provide support across its 32 boroughs to vulnerable residents in need of specialist support who have been impacted by the pandemic. 

London Councils, which represents local authorities in the capital, said in a statement that during the coronavirus pandemic, many Londoners had experienced homelessness for the first time as employment terms changed or ended and there had been a significant increase in demand for domestic abuse victim services.

Both priorities will target key service areas that include prevention, intervention, specialist advice, counselling and support. 

Applications for the 2022 to 2026 grants programme can be made by individual organisations or groups working together to provide services to tackle issues across London.

There is no maximum or minimum size of award as each bid will be assessed on its merits and on criteria including organisations' ability to deliver and provide value for money.

Lewisham Mayor Damien Egan, chair of London Councils’ grants committee, said: “The programme funds vital services for people who need specialist support and tackles some of the most pressing issues across London. 

“People who are homeless or those at risk from or who have been subjected to violence are some of the most vulnerable we represent. 

“The next four years will be a crucial time to learn from and develop our relationship with partners in the voluntary and community sector to help improve the lives of Londoners across the capital.”

The closing date for applications is noon on 10 September.

To apply and for more information click here.

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