The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded grants totalling over £4.5 million to 35 charities tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding – bringing the overall total awarded to the £400m mark.

The Trust has now provided grants worth over £400m to charities supporting Londoners since it was established in 1995 as the funding arm of the Bridge House Estates charity – an ancient charity whose sole trustee is the City of London Corporation.

Trust reaches £400m milestone for grants for London
Photograph credit: © Hannah Smiles

Bridge House Estates is responsible for the maintenance and support of five bridges that cross the Thames into or by the City. The Trust distributes surplus income in any given year for the benefit of Londoners, once the responsibilities relating to the bridges have been met.

The awards in this latest round of grants ranged from funding for programmes supporting services for disabled people, initiatives helping refugees and asylum seekers and activities for older Londoners.

Grants include:

£84,000 to Blind in Business Charitable Trust to support blind and visually impaired young people throughout their journey into employment, including advising employers on recruitment and on-the-job support.

£120,00 to Survivors UK to support male survivors of sexual abuse across the capital, including one-to-one therapy sessions.

£63,500 to Brentford FC Community Sports Trust for a two-year programme seeking to increase deaf people’s participation in sport.

Trust reaches £400m milestone for grants for London
Photograph credit: © Hannah Smiles

Alison Gowman, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“It’s fantastic to reach the £400m mark and testament to the great team at City Bridge Trust who work extremely hard in the grant-making process.

“We’ve supported thousands of projects over the last 20 years that I truly believe have changed lives. I know we will continue to support charities doing amazing work across the capital.

“Our new Bridging Divides strategy means we are more flexible than ever before and are adapting to the changing needs of Londoners and society. But our main focus remains the same – reducing inequality across London and creating more cohesive communities.

“Tackling disadvantage across the capital is essential to make London a fairer and better place to live.”

Tom Gallagher, Director of Sydenham Green, which has just been awarded £24,700 by the trust, said:

“We are very excited and grateful to receive this grant from City Bridge Trust towards our Sow & Grow project over the next 2 years. It’s fantastic to be partnering with them again to improve the lives of Londoners.

“Sow & Grow run social, creative and therapeutic activities for people with dementia. These activities use reminiscence, the arts, physical activities, horticulture and much more to help people live well with dementia.”

Laura Wright, CEO of the Postal Museum, that has just been awarded £20,400 by CBT, said:

“The Postal Museum’s Mail Rail Ride, interactive approach and storytelling are very exciting and appealing to children and young people with autism spectrum conditions. However, because of the noisy, busy environment, museum visits can be very difficult for them, and so they are often excluded from participating in cultural activities that would enrich their lives.

“We want to ensure that as many people as possible can access all that we have to offer. The grant from City Bridge Trust will enable us to invite these children and young people into the museum in a way that genuinely works for them and allows them to enjoy our offer on their own terms.”

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. The Trust has awarded around 8,000 grants totalling over £400 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.