Leading commercial law firm Hill Dickinson has awarded grants totalling £60,000 to support local grassroots projects across Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and London.
Among the charities that have benefited are the Liverpool Homeless Football Club, an organisation that provides free access to sporting facilities for disadvantaged women and men; mental health charity The Anthony Seddon Fund; the Joanna Project in Leeds, which works with multiply disadvantaged women, and the London-based Door of Hope project, which helps women exploited by prostitution. [See full list broken down by city below.]
Administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, the Hill Dickinson Foundation was set up in 2009 with the aim of making make a positive contribution to the communities in which the firm operates.
To celebrate the Foundation’s tenth anniversary in 2019, Hill Dickinson increased its overall grant fund by £10,000, giving more charities a chance to benefit. As a result, a total of 21 UK charities have benefited from a cash injection of up to £3000 in this year’s awards. Beneficiary projects for 2020 were selected with an emphasis on the issues of homelessness, mental wellbeing and encouraging resilience, particularly among women.
Peter Jackson, chief executive at Hill Dickinson said: ‘Hill Dickinson has UK offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Leeds and we see one of our duties as an employer to work alongside, and give back to, the communities in which we operate.
‘Small charities and local grassroots organisations do extremely valuable work with some of the most vulnerable sections of the community, yet they often struggle to secure the funds they need. Our Foundation exists for precisely that reason, to prioritise local organisations and assist as many worthy causes as the funding allows. We are proud to have been able to help 21 beneficiary organisations this year and wish each of them ongoing success in the support they provide to their individual community groups.’
The full list of charities supported by the Hill Dickinson Foundation in 2020 is:
- Apex Charitable Trust Area
- Area 164
- Beautiful New Beginnings
- Family Tree Wirral
- Liverpool Homeless Football Club
- Next Chapter NW CIC
- The Postivetree
- Audacious Foundation
- Azamrah Youth Club
- Manchester Sudanese Tree Development Community
- Somali Advice Link
- The Anthony Seddon Fund
- Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum
- Beyond The Streets, Door of Hope Project
- CoCreate Tower Hamlets
- Women’s Inclusive Team
- Joanna Project
- Mini Mermaid and YoungTritons UK
- Trust Leeds
- Unity in Poverty Action
More information about how the Hill Dickinson Foundation is helping local communities and how organisations can apply in future funding rounds is available on the Hill Dickinson website: https://www.hilldickinson.com/about-us
The next round of applications open in autumn.