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London Festival charity announces £ 10million in funding for new partnerships

A London charity, which hosts the London Festival, has announced partnerships with four UK-based charities to receive funds totaling around £ 10million per year.

Empower London Foundation has selected the Mayor’s Fund for London, UK Reads, Angel Shed Theater and The Access Project, to fund educational programs, support programs and community programs that help Londoners across the capital.

Marina Barros, Administrator of Empower London, said: “Working with these charities is something that we are very proud to announce at the Empower London Foundation. The work these charities do is simply inspiring and we look forward to helping provide funds that will allow them to continue their life-changing work in communities in need of it in London.

With all funds raised coming from the London Festival, these partnerships cement an ongoing relationship between charities and the Empower London Foundation, with the Foundation promising long-term action to ensure continued funding.

The London Festival – which will feature live musical performances, city-wide cultural events and entertainment for the whole family – aims to raise £ 150million for charitable causes over the next 10 years.

Kirsty McHugh, Managing Director of the Mayor’s Fund for London, said: “We are delighted to partner with Empower London for the London Festival. London is a big city. However, many of our young Londoners are still excluded from the opportunities offered.

“Through collaborations like these, we aim to ensure that all young Londoners, regardless of their background, can thrive. Our partnership with Empower London will help us deliver healthy eating and holiday activities, support for fun skills, and access to great long-term careers.

Dawn Davis, Executive Director of Angel Shed Theater, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with Empower London and through the London Festival to share the incredible work that our children and youth are creating.

Nathan Sansom, Managing Director of The Access Project, added: “It’s great to have been selected by Empower London as one of London’s brightest charities. Underprivileged students in London have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic – and need our support more than ever.

“We know our program has a huge impact – this year more than two-thirds of our students have secured places in top universities. With future funding, we can ensure that even more students in London access our support and realize their full potential.

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