Fifth Round of Stepping Stones Fund Launched

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The Trust is pleased to announce that additional funding is now available for charities looking to break into the London social investment market though our Stepping Stones Fund.

Since it was first launched in 2015, this programme has now awarded over £2.8million to 65 organisations across London.

Through the scheme, funding, advice and learning opportunities are made available to help organisations develop their ideas, bring in new technical assistance and get products ready for market.

Previous beneficiaries of the Fund range from charities supporting disadvantaged children and young people, to community projects looking to strengthen local employment skills and education. A full list of previous awards can be found here.

One previous grantee, the Bike Project (pictured above), is using the funding to employ bike mechanics to achieve their mission of getting refugees cycling to help them become better integrated and involved in the community.

The Stepping Stones Fund is underpinned by a strong partnership between City Bridge Trust and UBS. It is a combination of the Trust’s grant making expertise, and the skills and insights of the bank’s corporate volunteers.

The Trust will be holding several information sessions for interested organisations to find out more. To register your interest in attending, please e-mail steppingstones@cityoflondon.gov.uk

For more information about the fund and how to apply visit the Stepping Stones Fund page here. The deadline for initial Stage 1 applications to be submitted is midday, Friday 11th May 2018.

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