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Original article published August 26, 2021 by The Bookseller
Lantana is one of Necessity’s newest grant recipients, having been awarded £20,000 to expand its paid internship scheme for young people from minority groups relating to race, sexuality, gender, class and ability.
Necessity is a philanthropic fund that supports communities to strengthen and adapt to the world’s ongoing economic and environmental challenges. Lantana joins Young Identity (MCR), a Manchester-based literature and performing arts charity, Black History School and Lancaster Black History Group, among other worthy recipients.
Since establishing its internship scheme in June 2021, Lantana has offered work experience placements spanning eight weeks and longer to young people from under-represented groups using funds awarded from the King's College London Springboard programme, the OXFO Entrepreneurial Fellowship Initiative and the government Kickstart scheme. Necessity’s grant is the largest received so far and will allow us to expand our current programme to include full-time placements for our interns spanning half a year or more.
Alice Curry, founder and CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Necessity to improve access to an often closed and inaccessible industry for young publishers. We feel strongly about being an independent publisher that operates as a social enterprise, placing ethical practices and social responsibility at the heart of our publishing, and this is one way we hope to create meaningful change in the industry.”
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