Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

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UK'S FIRST MUSLIM GRANT-FUNDER ANNOUNCES GRANTS POLICY

LONDON Al-Mizan Charitable Trust, the UK's first Muslim Charitable Trust, approved the launch of a new grant-making fund at its inaugural Board meeting in London today. The General Welfare Fund provides small grants and interest-free loans of up to £500 for individuals and families suffering financial hardship in the UK. The Trust supports applications from residents in the UK, irrespective of their faith, culture or background.

"We are very pleased to announce the publication of our grants policy for the General Welfare Fund. Our ambition is to give individuals and families the opportunity to apply for a small grant or an interest-free loan, which will give them access to education, training and other essential opportunities, which will serve to break the cycle of poverty in the UK. Despite living in a welfare-state, and the apparent affluence of British society, there exists within our midst, particularly in inner-city urban areas, families and communities that live below the poverty line", said Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani, Founder of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust.

Mamdani, who is also the founder of the award-winning charity Muslim Youth Helpline, developed the concept after he was approached for support in raising funds for the rehabilitation of a mental health patient who had recently been sectioned. The patient, who has now fully recovered, is on course to complete a vocational qualification in plumbing. Impressed by the transformation that can result from a small financial grant, an anonymous benefactor offered Mamdani a donation of £10,000 to launch the new charity.

"Poverty is indiscriminate; it has no religion and no culture. As citizens of this country, we are duty-bound to support our neighbours and communities during difficult times. Although the Trust is funded entirely by the British Muslim community, and therefore reflects the ethos and values of the Islamic faith in its grant-making policy, our primary concern is, and will always be, to support those most in need", said Ali Orr, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will be piloting its grant-making processes for the next 12 months, after which the charity will transfer its application process online. The Trust is currently seeking donations and in-kind contributions from the public, in order to provide up to 120 grants every year.

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