Trust awards over £2.8 million at March committee


At the Trust’s Grants meeting on 20th March, our committee agreed grants totaling over £2.8 million to organisations tackling disadvantage and creating a fairer London.

This brought the total grants awarded during the financial year 2016/17 to £16,272,095 with 201 awards made across Greater London.

Grants awarded at this meeting included:

£98,900 to Ability Bow in Tower Hamlets for salary and running costs of Positive Steps, an exercise project aimed at supporting people who have mental health problems to take part in regular, supervised exercise;

£85,300 to Action on Hearing Loss towards their Hear to Inform and Connect project which provides vital information services that enable isolated older people to better manage their hearing loss; and

£122,000 to Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham towards two Advice Officer posts, one providing advice online and the other “face-to-face”, allowing clients to access information in a manner best suited to their needs.

Also agreed in principle was a £3.3million Bridge to Work fund working to narrow the employment gap for young disabled people in the capital. Full details can be found here.


Investing in Londoners

English for Speakers of Other Languages
Greenwich Migrant Hub£1,664 to pay for the cost of an ESOL tutor to deliver 32 weekly 2 hour sessions to a group of 20 vulnerable people from migrant communities.

Tower Hamlets Parents Centre


£28,461 over three years (3 x £9,487) for the cost of the ESOL tutor and a contribution towards rent, running costs and management to deliver 200 hours of ESOL tuition to 32 BME women each year for 3 years.


Improving Londoners’ Mental Health

Maya Centre£27,300 for a third and final year towards the running costs of ‘Bridging the Gap’ project including counselling costs, non-therapeutic sessions, weekly drop-in sessions and related overheads.

Making London More Inclusive

Ability Bow


£98,900 over three years (£32,300, £32,800; £33,800) for a part-time Development Instructor, sessional workers and the associated costs of the Positive Steps project.


Arthritis Care



Flying Gorillas

£129,000 over three years (£38,500; £43,000; £47,500) towards the Young People & Families Coordinator, London-based programme costs including workshops, family events, volunteer costs, and a contribution to overheads.


£75,000 over three years (£27,500, £25,000, £22,500) towards the cost of sessional staff, workshop leaders, general manager and administrator, and associated project costs.


Havelock Family Centre


£100,000 for the access works at Aleka House which include a new lift, two disabled toilets, internal doors, accessible entrance, staircase hand rails and associated costs.


Merton Mencap


£61,800 over three years (£13,900; £23,900; £24,000) to contribute to the salary costs of the Project Manager, Team Leader, and Support Workers and associated running costs for the ‘Giving Back Club’ project.


Older Londoners

Action on Hearing Loss


£85,300 over three years (£25,800; £29,100; £30,400) towards staffing and operational costs of the Hear to Inform and Connect project for older people in London.


Bubble Theatre Company



Enfield Carers Centre

£66,000 over three years (£20,000; £22,000; £24,000) towards 50% of the full-time Project Coordinator’s post; activity costs for Creative Homes and The Rotherhithe Shed and a contribution to overheads.


£100,100 over three years (£27,000, £36,100, £37,000) towards the full-time Older Carers Advice and Support Officer and associated project costs.


InterAct Stroke Support


£69,500 over three years (£22,000; £23,000; £24,500) towards a live reading service for elderly stroke survivors while in hospital and upon discharge.

St Joseph’s Hospice 

£150,600 over three years (£47,000; £50,000; £53,600) towards part-time salary costs of a care manager and administrator, and activity costs of supporting people with dementia nearing the end of life and their carers in Newham.


Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre (Middlesex)


£60,000 over three years (3 x £20,000) towards the cost of a Senior Care Assistant and associated activities for work with clients with dementia.


The Reader


£87,900 over three years (£35,900; £27,800; £24,200) towards the cost of establishing Shared Reading groups in Croydon targeting isolated older people aged 75 plus.


Reducing Poverty

Disablement Association of Barking & Dagenham (DABD)£122,000 over three years (£43,000, £39,000, £40,000) towards a part-time Advice Officer Community Solutions, a part-time Advice Officer On-line Solutions, and associated running costs.

Lambeth Law Centre


£133,500 over three years (£43,500; £44,500; £45,500) for a Welfare Benefit & Debt Project Case Worker post  and the associated project costs of a new debt and welfare benefits outreach project.


Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service (LMLAS)


£92,200 over three years (£31,500, £30,100, £30,600) as a contribution towards the Service Manager, Advice Caseworker, Project Administrator, sessional workers, and associated running costs.


Vision Care for Homeless People


£37,100 over three years (£2,600, £17,000, £17,500) for the salary of a part-time Volunteer Manager and associated costs.


Strengthening London’s Voluntary Sector

Alliance for Inclusive Education£166,300 over three years (£55,900; £55,700; £54,700) towards an Inclusion Champion post and Policy Co-ordinator (both part-time) and a proportion of the Director and the Communications Officer as well as the costs of developing the e hub.

Eastside Primetimers Foundation


£99,400 over two years (2 x £49,700) towards Eastside Primetimers Foundation’s financial mentoring services for the third sector in Greater London.


Greening the Third Sector: Eco-Audits

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue£3,000 (up to 7.5 days) to undertake an eco-audit, excluding 1 day for an update of sustainable cemetery management systems.


Anniversary Employability Programme

Centre for Mental Health£65,000 over six months to carry out preliminary work towards a mental health employment project.


Partnership Programmes – Hardship Fund

Prisoners Abroad£350,000 over 12 months to continue to provide a hardship fund for destitute British citizens returning to London after imprisonment overseas.


Strategic Initiatives

Community Links Trust£50,000 towards fees related to the merger / partnership with a second party.

Greater London Authority


£300,000 to support the three-year London Borough of Culture programme. The grant will be paid to and managed by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as part of the wider fund being made available to support this initiative.


Institute for Voluntary Action Research


£5,000 towards the costs of IVAR’s 2017 Evaluation Roundtable.


London Funders


£300,000 over three years (3 x £100,000) to continue to develop place-based giving in London.


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