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GambleAware launches new £3m assistance fund

| By Richard Mulligan
GambleAware has launched two major funding programmes with the aim of enabling people to sustain their recovery from gambling harm and to help those impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.
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The Aftercare Funding Programme and the Community Resilience Fund are designed to help further the charity’s work across Great Britain in supporting those at risk of gambling harms and reducing health inequalities in the most disadvantaged communities.

GambleAware, the body responsible for delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, is seeking applications for projects which will provide support services so that more people in recovery from gambling harm can rebuild their lives via its £2m Aftercare Funding Programme (AFP). Current partners as well as new charities and organisations will be able to apply for the fund, with smaller organisations or pilot projects being awarded up to £150,000 and larger organisations or projects can apply for up to £350,000.

The £1m Community Resilience Fund (CRF) aims to provide short-term funding to enable organisations to respond quickly to the cost-of-living crisis, and the impact this has had in exacerbating gambling harms and increased exposure to them. New partners and charities will be able to apply for up to £100,000 for 12 months.

Anna Hargrave, chief commissioning officer at GambleAware said: “We are delighted to launch these two funding programmes which will build capacity among charities and organisations to better respond to gambling harms in their communities and support people in long-term recovery.

“While there are many people who receive successful treatment and support for gambling harms, there is less known about how to ensure recovery is sustained. The Aftercare Funding Programme will help people in this phase of longer-term recovery and responds to the need for a long-term structured aftercare programme.

“The Community Resilience Fund will help organisations to address specific needs within the community and the inequalities they experience.”

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