Third sector organisations supporting Londoners facing sexual and domestic abuse and homelessness are being encouraged to apply for London Councils’ new four-year grants programme.
The new grants programme, which will run from 2022 to 2026, is funded by London’s boroughs and will provide support to London’s most vulnerable residents.
The challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic have increased the numbers of people in the capital in need of specialist support. Many Londoners experienced homelessness for the first time as employment terms changed or ended and while the ‘Everyone In’ scheme helped shelter many rough sleepers, it emphasised how many people still have housing needs. Alongside this, there was a significant increase in demand for domestic abuse victim services during the pandemic.
Funding provided by London Councils’ grants programme will provide a vital boost to services at a time of acute need. These services aim to improve lives and create opportunities for people to succeed.
The current grants programme, which ends this year, has invested £6 million a year since 2017 in combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse across London. The new programme will bolster the collective efforts of local government, the voluntary and community sector, and other partners across the capital who work to ensure families have a safe place to call home and build their lives.
Mayor Damien Egan, Chair of London Councils’ Grants Committee, says:
“The Grants Programme is a source of pride for London’s local Leaders. We are delighted to be delivering a new four-year programme, particularly under such challenging financial circumstances for our residents and our boroughs.
“The programme funds vital services for people who need specialist support and tackles some of the most pressing issues across London. People who are homeless or those at risk from or who have been subjected to violence are some of the most vulnerable we represent.
“The next four years will be a crucial time to learn from and develop our relationship with partners in the voluntary and community sector to help improve the lives of Londoners across the capital.”
Applicants for the 2022-26 grants programme can be made by individual organisations or groups working together to provide services to tackle issues on a pan-London basis.
The closing date for applications is Friday 10 September 2021 at noon.