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City Bridge Trust give 3 year grant to support the work of 3Pillars Project

City Bridge Trust give 3 year grant to support the work of 3Pillars Project, rehabilitating and mentoring former prisoners into work in a post-pandemic society.



3Pillars Project, a charity supporting young men in the Criminal Justice System in London, has been awarded a 3 year grant of £55,773 from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder.


The grant will fund the salary of an operations manager and key elements of their post-release mentoring scheme. 3Pillars’ post release programme supports young men who have recently left prison to reintegrate successfully into society and to secure long-term sustainable employment through intensive mentoring and qualification attainment.

The UK’s criminal justice system is under huge strain and struggles to be effective. 3Pillars Project empowers participants through sports based mentoring, to take control of their lives so they can create positive opportunities for themselves. 3Pillars believe that through personal development, gaining qualifications and work experience, participants can not only transform their own futures, but can become role models for others.

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation's City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“It’s vital that young people coming out of prison are supported to make the transition to life outside, to avoid reoffending and to gain the confidence and skills they need to build a career.

“This funding will enable 3Pillars Project to build on the fantastic work they already do, to inspire young people through sport and to offer them the mentoring they need to mould a positive future for themselves.”


Founder and CEO of 3Pillars Project Mike Crofts commented:

“The support of City Bridge Trust will be transformative in our efforts to galvanise the unfulfilled potential of some of London’s most vulnerable young men.


This generous grant directly impacts our ability to reach, support and improve the lives of these young people, enabling them to grow beyond the criminal justice system and pursue sustainable, positive careers and, ultimately positively contribute to their own communities. We greatly look forward to working in partnership with City Bridge Trust, learning from them as a leading national trust and their rich legacy of positive impact across London.”

About City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of over £25 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital – www.citybridgetrust.org.uk

City Bridge Trust, has allocated £11 million to the London Community Response Fund, set up to help charities deal with the impact of coronavirus, and has also given over £1.7 million in one-off grants to 202 organisations it already supports to help them offset lost income resulting from the pandemic.


The London Community Response Fund is administered by City Bridge Trust, the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of Bridge House Estates and Members of its Court of Common Council form the City Bridge Trust Committee, responsible for taking grant and funding decisions for the charity.


Registered Charity Number: 1178703 (England and Wales)