YOUNG people with disabilities and people with autism will benefit from grant money raised by Portsmouth business group Arise.
More than £2,600 was handed over to charities including the Bivol Trust and the Portsmouth Autism Support Network.
Paul Kennedy of the Bivol Trust said the £850 it received would be used to improve the trust’s Elm Grove vintage clothing store.
The store provides work experience and retail skills training for young people with disabilities.
Mr Kennedy said: ‘The grant – which we plan to use to fund refurbishment works – will entice more people in, and help sustain the future of the store.
‘At the trust we rely heavily on the generosity of others, and this money will make a huge difference to those who use our services.’
The Autism Support Network received £750 for trips, crafts, and games for autistic people.
The British Red Cross and Rowans Hospice at Purbrook were also given grants.
Arise – the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise – was set up by Gunwharf Quays, Wightlink and Vail Williams as a means for Portsmouth businesses to support the city’s charities.
Gunwharf Quays centre manager Séan Sweeney said: ‘Arise funding can make a big difference to small organisations – and we are delighted the scheme has been a success.
‘Our grants can help ease the pressure for charities and groups, ranging from sports clubs and environmental initiatives to health support groups.’
Arise has given more than £13,000 to 23 community-based groups since it was set up in 2012.
Mr Sweeney said individuals or charitable groups in the PO1 to PO17 postcodes could apply for grants of up to £1,000 in the scheme.
People can download an application form from gunwharf-quays.com/arise and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.