City Bridge Trust gives a record amount away

Forty-one London organisations have received shares of a total £6.3m

Stepney City Farm: one of the recipients
Stepney City Farm: one of the recipients

The City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, has given away a record £6.3m to more than 40 charities.

Charities supporting young crime victims, homeless LGBT+ people and refugees were among the 41 London organisations which received a share of the money, the highest amount granted by the trust in one funding round.

The grants included £191,800 to Stepney City Farm, which gives city dwellers the chance to meet farm animals and learn about growing food, £79,200 to the British Refugee Council to provide counselling and psychotherapy support for asylum seekers and refugees and £132,000 to the Prison Advice Care and Trust to support women prisoners after release.

Advocacy in Greenwich was awarded £147,400 to help young disabled people become more independent, Embrace Child Victims of Crime received £48,000 to provide practical and emotional support for young crime victims and the Albert Kennedy Trust has been granted £60,000 to help young homeless LGBT+ people off the streets and into accommodation.

Dhruv Patel, chair of the City Bridge Trust committee, said the funding would transform the lives of thousands of Londoners most in need.

"We want to help make the capital a safer place for young people, give a voice to those who are under-represented and cut the inequality that should not exist in this city," he said.

"At a time when public finances are under significant strain, charities are plugging the gap and playing a major role in tackling disadvantage in London.

"By working together we can strengthen our communities and make this city a fairer place in which to work and live."

The City Bridge Trust, which was founded in 1995, gives £20m a year to charities fighting inequality and disadvantage in London.

The latest funding round brings the number of grants the charity has awarded to 8,000, totalling more than £400m over its 24 years.

The following organisations received grants as part of the funding round:

Advocacy in Greenwich £147,400

Albert Kennedy Trust £57,500

Body & Soul £60,000

British Refugee Council £79,200

Centrepoint Soho £107,100

Children England £279,520

Claremont Project £98,800

Clic Sargent £254,000

Community Links Bromley £191,630

Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust £66,000

Crafts Council £100,000

Create London £58,000

Ealing Law Centre £108,000

Embrace CVOC (Child Victims of Crime) £48,800

Evergreen Play Association Ltd £46,200

Headway East London £102,230

Irish Elderly Advice Network £150,000

Islington Boat Club £54,600

Islington Mind £181,200

Latin American Women’s Rights Service £82,900

London Legal Support Trust £345,000 and £464,000

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre £66,000

North Kensington Law Centre £100,000

Participatory City Foundation £450,000

Prison Advice and Care Trust £132,000

Shpresa Programme £52,000

Social Enterprise UK £200,000

St Clement and St James Community Development Project £95,000

St Gabriel’s Parish House Trust £100,000

Stepney City Farm £191,800

Stratford Circus Arts Centre £72,000

Sycamore Trust UK £90,000

The French Protestant Church of London £98,500

The Horse Rangers Association Limited £109,000

Trailblazers Mentoring Ltd £71,000

Waterloo Community Counselling £80,000

Young Barnet Foundation £200,000

Young Brent Foundation £200,000

Young Ealing Foundation £220,000

Young Harrow Foundation £200,000

Young Westminster Foundation £200,000

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