Organisations tackling homelessness, sexual violence and domestic abuse are among those set to receive a financial boost from London Councils.
The culmination of a year-long review and commissioning process has resulted in recommendations for a new, four-year programme of support for Londoners.
The 2017-21 grants programme will see £6,173,133 split between 14 different projects dedicated to tackling some of the most serious issues affecting the capital.
Applicants to the programme must be non-profit organisations that are able to work across more than one borough and able to demonstrate they provide services in at least one of the key priorities identified by London Councils:
- Homelessness – offering people various support to prevent them from becoming homeless as well as targeted intervention for those who have become homeless, including rough sleepers.
- Sexual and domestic violence – helping people at risk of harm as well as those who have been subjected to violence.
Successful projects include the Asian Women’s Resource Centre, aimed at tackling Female Genital Mutilation among other issues, Shelter and Women’s Aid.
All 32 London boroughs and the City of London contribute to the grants programme which is run on their behalf by London Councils and aims to meet key areas of need in the capital.
Chair of London Councils’ Grants Committee, Councillor Paul McGlone said: “We were delighted to receive applications for funding from so many worthy projects, which will make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in London.
“I am delighted that the London Councils Grants Committee has more closely aligned our priorities through this grants programme, ensuring good links between homelessness, sexual and domestic violence as well as employment
“At a time when many services are under threat the grants programme is able to continue to support organisations tackling the most pressing issues in our city.”
The full list of projects and the funding they will receive is as follows:
Changes from the previous Grants Programme:
- Shifted the focus to more closely align priorities and commissioned services, developing links between homelessness, sexual and domestic violence as well as employment
- A greater focus on the different needs of inner and outer London, especially with shifting patterns of homelessness to outer London;
- Strengthened the focus on robust outcomes and borough involvement overall, and monitoring outcomes by borough over time, including more scrutiny of outcomes for equalities protected groups
- In conjunction with the addressing poverty through employment using ESF match funding we will have overall a Grants Programme committing to investing £8.9m per year on priorities for Londoners