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First grants awarded under £100m fund fighting inequality in London


Community organisations tackling inequality to make London a fairer place have been awarded the first slice of a £100 million cash injection from some of the capital’s biggest funders.

Almost £25 million has been allocated from the Propel fund to over 80 projects which empower disadvantaged young people, build stronger communities, and provide advice and support for people facing financial hardship.

We've contributed towards a pooled fund to build London's future advice workforce, such as through training and development projects for underrepresented communities.

Propel is a ground-breaking collaboration powered by membership body London Funders and supported by funders including Bloomberg, City Bridge Trust, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the National Lottery Community Fund and main advice funders, such as Trust for London, co-ordinated by London Legal Support Trust.

It supports organisations led by and for disadvantaged groups, including women and girls, LGBTQ+ communities, Deaf and Disabled people, and communities experiencing racial inequality.

The funding means charities battling the cost-of-living crisis, soaring inflation and the lingering impact of Covid will have the flexibility, capacity and financial security to deliver long-term systemic change.

London Funders and Propel have allowed us, the main advice funders and advice sector representatives in London, to work together to start looking for solutions to the workforce crisis in the advice sector. A healthy and happy workforce is essential for delivering quality advice. This initiative enables us discuss workforce issues collaboratively and inclusively.

Nezahat Cihan, Chief Executive of London Legal Support Trust

A list of organisations receiving Propel funding can be found at www.londonpropel.org.uk