City Bridge Trust approves over £2.4m in grants

Written by Matt Ritchie

The City Bridge Trust has approved more than £2.4m in grants to 32 charities across the capital.

More than £250,000 of the total was given via three awards in the funder’s Reducing Poverty programme. Each of these grants tackles a different feature of poverty in London: a lack of affordable housing; high levels of debt; and destitution amongst recently arrived migrants.

Cardinal Hume Centre receives £108,900 over three years under the Reducing Poverty programme, Crosslight Advice receives £95,700, and Haringey Migrant Support Centre receives £63,000.

Children’s Society has been awarded £180,000 over three years under the Improving Londoners’ Mental Health programme. The grant will fund a part-time project worker, part of the service manager post, and related activity and support costs of its Boys and Young Men project in London.

The service supports boys and young men aged 11 to 21 who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, sexual exploitation.

The East London Out Project, which supports LGBT communities, receives £147,470 over three years to fund staff and support volunteers offering a counselling service.

Groundswell Network Support’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service, which supports people experiencing homelessness to make and attend health appointments, receives £135,000 over three years to fund staff, volunteer support, and running costs.

Bridge House Estates, whose sole trustee is the City of London Corporation, owns and maintains the five bridges crossing the Thames into the City - the ‘Square Mile’ business district around St Paul’s.

London’s largest independent grant-maker to charities, CBT makes use of surplus income from the Bridge House Estates not required to maintain the five bridges to the benefit of the whole of London.

Click here for the full list of grant recipients.

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