Over £200k awarded to Community Grant Partners

20 December 2021

We are pleased to announce that £236,180 has been awarded to 22 existing Community Grant Partners in our latest round of funding. All funds will support the existing Community Grant Partner model that has been operating for nearly 18 months with awards ranging from £5,000 to £20,000.

The full list of Community Grant Partners can be viewed here.

Organisations include the Pathway Project who have been delivering services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence across their local communities of Lichfield and Tamworth for over 30 years. They operate two refuges, an outreach service, a 24hr helpline, a sexual violence team, counselling, children’s workers and peer mentoring service. With access to additional funds, Pathway will be able to continue offering this financial lifeline to those who need it most and meet increased demand for their support as well as being able to assist in debt management and rent arrears, funding for specialist services such as specific sexual violence counselling, carpets for homes, pushchairs, cookers and fridges.

You can read our Spotlight article with Pathway Project here.

Another beneficiary are 4Wings CIC who are a charitable organisation working across the Liverpool City Region, supporting women from a range of ethnically diverse backgrounds who are survivors of abuse or trauma. Its mission is to empower, support, encourage, coach, inspire, uplift, and educate women and their families to live economically and socially exemplary lives, by delivering a range of activities and workshops that enable them to become economically active and personally fulfilled.

The majority of those supported by 4Wings are asylum seeking and refugee women who have had to risk their lives to flee their own country, suffering the loss of identity, home, and community, as well as discrimination and exclusion. Their lives are very challenging. Having experienced trauma, they have suffered multiple layers of disadvantage, which further contributes to their marginalisation and mental health difficulties.

Paul Carbury, Chief Executive of the Smallwood Trust said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support of these organisations who have proven to be so impactful in helping women become more financially resilient. We are also really pleased to have the additional funding from Barclays which shows how highly the Community Grant Partner programme is valued as a way of tackling gendered poverty.”