The Capital Community Foundation, a charity that gives grants to disadvantaged groups in London, has started a fundraising campaign to raise £100,000 for those affected by last week’s riots.
The charity has so far raised £13,000 for its We Love London Appeal since it started the appeal on Monday.
It has sent an email appeal to 2,000 donors and stakeholders and is using the social networking site Twitter to appeal for more donations. It is also writing personal letters to its major donors.
Sonal Shah, executive director of the charity, said it would first give funds directly to those affected by the riots.
Individuals would be able to apply for "hardship grants" online or using a paper form, she said.
She said the charity was contacting local volunteer centres, councils for voluntary service, housing associations and local authorities to find out where the grants were most needed.
Shah added that once the need for hardship grants declined, the charity would give the remaining money to charities and community groups that worked to foster community cohesion in the areas affected. She said it was too early to know what its grant criteria would be.
Shah said she hoped the fund would open for hardship grants applications this week. She said it was open to all areas in London that were affected by the riots.
"A number of our existing donors were saying they wanted to help those who lost their homes and businesses in the riots, but they didn’t know how to," she said.
Also in response to the riots, Lambeth Council in south London will host a "speed dating" event on Wednesday night at which local residents that took part in the post-riot clean-up activities will meet representatives from local charities that are looking for longer-term volunteers.