New funding available from the London Community Response

Civil Society organisations from across the capital can apply today for up to £50,000 for grants lasting for up to six months, though it can be for a shorter period (e.g. activities over the summer). 

Open Until:

Posted: 07/01/2020

Three types of grants are available; crisis, enable and adapt.  

  1. Crisis grants are for organisations that need to urgently provide food, essentials and support to communities through crisis. 
  2. Enable grants supports work that helps to prevent difficulties arising from the crisis escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis. 
  3. Adapt grants help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future.

Through all the funding programmes available we will give particular priority to supporting:

  • Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME); Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+); and/or women’s-led groups);
  • Strong connections – groups who reach and connect with people at high risk of negative impacts from Covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); and/or
  • Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year (though we welcome applications from grassroots and much smaller groups too).

What can the funding be used for?

  • People – staffing and volunteer costs associated with delivering the work you are applying for;
  • Support – supervision and support for your team, including wellbeing and specialist support;
  • Equipment – any equipment you need to deliver this work that is not already in your budget;
  • Resources – any new software or training needed for your team to do their work;
  • Services – meeting the needs of the people you work for, including food and essentials, translation or interpreting services, or deep cleaning of accommodation (a small number of funders can also cover the costs of vouchers given to people to buy these items directly);
  • Overheads – direct additional costs (e.g. for home working), together with a proportionate contribution to your organisational costs (including your governance costs);
  • Partnership – staff time, professional fees, or support needed to enable collaboration; and
  • Development – contributions to capacity building, infrastructure and organisational development.

Please note: if an existing funder has given you flexibility to use your grants to support your costs, you should use this flexibility first, and only request new funding for anything not covered.

What’s the deadline?

Applications will be considered in the order they are received.  We expect to stop taking applications under this wave of funding by the end of July – we will, however, monitor levels of applications and publish any final deadline on this website with at least one week’s notice before closing.


Click here for more information and guidance, and here to apply today. 

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