“Struggling Londoners were given a boost today as Comic Relief handed a £1 million cash bonanza to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.
The £1 million cash injection, to fund grants to charitable groups tackling poverty and social exclusion, takes the total raised by the Dispossessed Fund since its inception in 2010 to £17.77 million. This is the most money ever raised by a newspaper-led charitable fund – and it is the sixth time that Comic Relief has chosen our award-winning initiative as a major beneficiary.
Working in partnership with The London Community Foundation, the windfall will be distributed to more than 60 grassroots groups tackling inequality across the capital and will be disbursed in grants of £5,000 to £20,000 that can be applied for from today.
Liz Warner, chief executive of Comic Relief said: “It’s been brilliant to see Evening Standard readers supporting our Red Nose Day campaign in imaginative ways and it is thanks to this incredible generosity that we are able to help people right here in London. We are proud to support the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund once again with £1 million that will change lives for the most vulnerable people in the capital.”
Sarah Sands, editor of the London Evening Standard, said: “The partnership between Comic Relief and the Evening Standard is good for London and gives a timely boost to the hundreds of grassroots charities that toil unrecognized across our capital and do such a sterling job to support struggling Londoners. We are proud to announce another £1 million of grants to empower their brilliant work.”
Russell Delew, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation said: “We provide support and opportunities to Londoners facing disadvantage in these challenging times. Our partnership with Comic Relief and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund has made a difference to thousands of lives across London. We are supporting groups who carry out fantastic work in their area but struggle to get the support and funding they need. In the last 5 years, thanks to Comic Relief and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, we’ve been able to help more than 91,000 people across the capital through 341 grants totalling over £5m.”