London Funders report: How the lessons from responding to Grenfell informed cross-funder collaboration

Three different emergencies shook the UK in the summer of 2017 – the Manchester Arena bomb on 22 May, the attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market on 3 June and the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June. The emergency response saw funders respond in a new way, dispensing with ‘business as usual’ and mobilising rapidly to provide urgent support to community organisations and services.

London Funders commissioned IVAR to examine the key features of the response efforts to capture learning from how funders delivered differently to support those affected. Four years on, Grants Manager at Trust for London, Helal Uddin Abbas, speaks about how the Trust’s response to the Grenfell Tower Fire, in particular, differed from normal grant-making, and how the lessons have informed cross-funder collaboration.

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