City Bridge Trust gives £1m emergency support to voluntary organisations


City Bridge Trust and Sadiq Khan have promised £2 million emergency funding for voluntary and community groups in the capital struggling with the impact of coronavirus.

City Hall has contributed £1m, matched by the Corporation’s charitable arm.

They have partnered with London Funders, an organisation that coordinates donations across the city.

The Mayor is now calling on other organisations – including the Government – to contribute to the fund.

Voluntary organisations in London are often small, but provide vital services from supporting the lowest income families to victims of domestic violence.

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Announcing the emergency cash ahead of a phone meeting with voluntary organisations today, Mr Khangr said: “London’s community and voluntary organisations show our capital at its very best.

“They support our communities and provide much-needed help to the most vulnerable, so in these challenging times their work is more important than ever.”

David Farnsworth, City of London Corporation grants officer, said: “In this extraordinary and unprecedented week, we have been inspired by the countless stories of people going the extra mile to support those most impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

This continued goodwill and commitment of the voluntary sector, the backbone of our communities, will be needed more than ever as the weeks unfold and this fund will be critical in enabling the sector to continue to provide and adapt vital services for London’s communities.”

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