City Bridge Trust awards more than £2.8m in latest funding round

Written by Matt Ritchie

City Bridge Trust has awarded more than £2.8m to 28 organisations tackling disadvantage across London.

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

Action on Hearing Loss has been awarded £85,300 towards the charity’s Hear to Inform and Connect project, which provides information services that enable isolated older people to better manage their hearing loss.

Vision Care for Homeless People has been granted £37,100 for mobile clinics to expand their services, which already provide eye care for thousands of homeless people.

City Bridge Trust has now awarded almost £16.3m this financial year, with 201 awards made across Greater London.

The grant maker also announced a £3.3m commitment to a new ‘Bridge to Work’ programme aiming to narrow the employment gap for young disabled people in the capital.

Bridge House Estates, whose sole trustee is the City of London Corporation, owns and maintains the five bridges crossing the Thames into the City.

City Bridge Trust 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.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust committee Alison Gowman said the trust is committed to supporting Londoners to make the city a fairer place to work and live.

“We fund a broad range of work focused on tackling disadvantage in London: from improving Londoners’ mental health to services that strengthen London’s voluntary sector, from making London more accessible for disabled people to reducing poverty.”

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