Connected communities

We believe small community groups can contribute to improving the lives of people and communities in London. They can do this by providing support for people to access services, to speak out about issues which directly affect them, and/ or organise activities which help promote a sense of belonging. We define small groups as those that have an annual income of under £100,000 (based on their last set of annual accounts).

What we will fund

Strengthening voice

groups of people who are directly experiencing poverty and inequality, to speak out for themselves and to campaign on solutions to emerging or long-standing problems in communities.

Community activities, led by communities, in outer London boroughs

which bring together different groups of people to respond to local needs and gaps in services. Our priority for this theme is Outer London boroughs* as they have experienced a rapid change in their population, including increased levels of poverty.

* The Trust defines the following as being Outer London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond, Sutton, Waltham Forest. (ONS classifications).

Advice work

our priority is to support groups already providing social welfare advice and to improve the quality of that advice. You will also need to show you have clear referral pathways to specialist advice where it is needed. This work should prevent problems becoming more serious, complex and costly; and should support and empower clients to resolve problems and take more control over their lives.

We would encourage small groups to apply under this funding programme, although you may also be eligible to apply under the other programmes if you have the skills, experience and capacity to undertake the work we wish to fund. Please read the funding guidelines in full before filling in our funding application form. If, after reading the guidelines, you are in doubt as to whether your work fits then please telephone us so that we can discuss and answer any specific queries you may have, on 020 7606 6145.

How to apply

Apply now

If you are confident your work meets our funding priorities, you need to complete our online application form

Next grant deadline:

1 Jun 2021, 1 p.m.

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