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London community action groups receive £1.3 million National Lottery funding to reach grassroot groups on frontline of COVID response

The National Lottery Community Fund yesterday announced it is working alongside a number of expertly-placed funding programmes in London to ensure more than £1.3 million of National Lottery funding is delivered to communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19.

So far, 10 Voluntary Services and Community and Voluntary Action groups – operating from Havering to Sutton – have received funding to distribute grants to grassroot community groups delivering frontline services in the face of the pandemic.

The community funding programmes will be distributing between £60,000 – £246,000 on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

This forms part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s wider COVID-19 emergency response and means it will benefit from the local expertise of the funders, prioritising smaller voluntary sector groups that may require support with capacity and infrastructure to apply for funding.

The Bulldog Trust Ltd, which operates across Havering, received £60,000 to build on its track record of successfully engaging organisations at grassroots level, and will target support at small charities and social enterprises that are working with marginalised groups and prioritising equality, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Community Action Sutton received £100,000 of National Lottery funding to support local community projects, and will prioritise its support on young people, older people, families affected by domestic abuse, BAME community members and people with disabilities.

Haringey Giving also received £150,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver activities specifically aimed to support communities through the COVID-19 crisis to further realise equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions locally.

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