Foundation withdraws grant to LGB Alliance

The London Community Foundation has formally withdrawn a grant to the controversial charity the LGB Alliance, a week after announcing that the grant had been suspended.

The grant-maker said on social media yesterday: “This action has been taken because LCF was not informed of current proceedings in relation to LGB Alliance’s charitable status.”

The LGB Alliance, which was set up in 2019 by a group of activists and former Stonewall supporters who were opposed to the charity’s work on transgender rights, was registered as a charity last April.

But this decision is subject to an appeal at the charity tribunal. The appeal is being crowdfunded by the charity Mermaids and the Good Law Project campaign group.

LCF had made a £9,400 grant to the LGB Alliance from Arts Council England funds, for work to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee later this year.

The decision was heavily criticised online by activists who claimed the LGB Alliance was an anti-trans hate group, and who asked what due diligence had been undertaken before making the grant.

Later that day, LCF said it was suspending the grant.

Also writing on social media, Kate Barker, managing director of the LGB Alliance, said the charity had been “absolutely thrilled” to secure the grant, and that some of LCF’s claims on social media were untrue.

Barker said: “We were shocked and disappointed when we were told the funding was being withdrawn and the money must be sent back.

“The London Community Foundation has asked that we return the money and, of course, we have done so. But we will be seeking to reverse their decision.”

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