Small charities in London offered share of £1m fund

Small charities in London are being offered a share of £1m in funding to support older, disabled and low income people recover from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Mayor of London is offering grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charities with annual incomes of up to £200,000 under its Community Grants Fund programme. 

City Hall said the funding would be offered in three separate rounds, with the first open until 14 February and the second and third to follow in the spring and summer of next year. 

Funding will be offered to support community-led activities and projects that help those most adversely affected by the pandemic. 

This could include projects supporting mental health needs, food-growing initiatives, creative projects, intergenerational projects and initiatives working with children and young people, City Hall said. 

It said it hoped about 160 organisations would receive funding under the programme. 

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “Every Londoner has been affected by the pandemic, but older and disabled Londoners, our Black and Asian communities and those living on lower incomes have been impacted disproportionately.

“Many experienced lockdown in overcrowded housing, increased social isolation affecting their mental health, or difficulties accessing education and health and care services due to digital exclusion.

“This new £1m Community Grants Fund, which will enable grassroots community organisations and charities to enhance their work, will make a real difference to the lives of many Londoners.”

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