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Chancellor's hardship' fund brings help to deprived East End

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:05 05 October 2010

CHARITIES in London have been offered hardship' cash up to £250,000 to help them through the recession. The grants come from the £16.7 million fund set up by the Chancellor to help third sector' organisations hit by the economic downturn

By Mike Brooke

CHARITIES and social enterprises in London have been offered 'hardship' cash up to £250,000 to help them through the recession.

The charities include two in the deprived East End that are battling to keep their heads above water trying to tackle unemployment.

The grants come from the £16.7 million 'hardship' fund set up by the Chancellor in his Budget in April to help 'third sector' organisations hit by the economic downturn that are at risk of not being able to run vital services in health and social care, housing support and education and training.

East London Advanced Technology Training gets £150,000 for its programme for adults. The cash will pay for life skills and vocational ICT training at its centres in Whitechapel and Shoreditch.

The Four Corners studio in Bethnal Green gets £100,000 to run a practical training scheme in film making and television production.

Minister for London Tessa Jowell said: "These organisations run front line services for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society, like the homeless, the unemployed and marginalised elderly and young people.

"Four Corners film training, for example, can now run a scheme for the unemployed as a result of this funding.

"Initiatives like this are helping make sure London doesn't become divided during this recession."

The 'hardship' fund is still open for applications from 'third sector' organisations with a yearly income of £200,000 or more which have been hampered by revenue drying up.

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