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Barnet Giving Fund

The Barnet Giving Fund is a small grants fund of the Barnet Giving initiative, a local giving scheme for local people to give time, skills and money in support of local causes. Barnet Giving brings together local people, communities, charities and businesses to help themselves and use life experiences to make things better for their neighbourhoods and communities.

Barnet Giving is led by two Barnet charities, Inclusion Barnet and CommUNITY Barnet, working in partnership with The London Community Foundation. 

More specifically, the fund is for projects which are for the benefit of the communities of Barnet and must fit under one of the following themes: 

  1. Community Links

    Specifically, grants will be available for projects that:

    • Improve links between people so people feel more involved or connected to their community
    • Increase or utilise existing urban and green spaces in the local area
    • Increase contacts and friendships between different communities
    • Help people develop new skills that will develop their confidence and abilities.
       
  2. Resilience and independence  

    Specifically, grants will be available for projects that: 

    • Provide support to individuals and families to overcome challenges, to develop resilience and take the next steps to develop new skills and experiences and supports people to take the next steps to more independent living
    • Enable people to access services, which they have not previously done through lack of awareness, or other barriers
    • Encourage people to take the next steps in developing their skills or experience.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available.

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Building a Stronger Britain Together

UK Community Foundations is partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver grants as the first part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism.

The ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme will support civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative.

About the programme

The counter-extremism strategy encourages partnership between the government and people involved in projects that counter extremism and build stronger communities.

To help groups expand their reach and influence, the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme offers 2 forms of support through a competitive bidding process:

  • in-kind support (such as social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building work to help a group protect more vulnerable individuals)
  • grants: targeted funding for specific projects with demonstrable outcomes which provide a positive alternative to extremist voices

You can apply for both in-kind support and grant funding if they are both needed.

Guidance for applicants

Please read the guidance for applicants. It contains information on:

  • programme objectives
  • who can bid for support
  • the types of support available
  • how to complete your application form

Apply for support

The deadline for grants and combined in-kind/grant applications is 5pm on 14 October 2016. The deadline for in-kind support applications is 5pm on 9 December 2016.

We will assess in-kind applications on a monthly basis from October onwards. Grant and combined applications will be assessed in October only.

There is a fixed amount of funding available. We will consider bids on a first-come-first-served basis.

Guidance for applicants

Apply for grant funding

Apply for in-kind support

Apply for in-kind support and grant funding

If you have any questions, please contact the Programmes team on 020 7582 5117 or applications@londoncf.org.uk.

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Clarion Digital Communities Fund

The London Community Foundation is delighted to be managing the Clarion Digital Communities Fund in 2017. Clarion is the largest housing group in the country, formed by the merger of the Affinity Sutton Group and Circle Housing in December 2016, and is committed to helping more of its residents to access services online. 

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for charities and community organisations working across the UK to support Affinity Sutton and Circle residents of all ages to get and stay online and to build the skills, motivation and confidence to use the internet safely as an everyday tool.

The Fund is designed to address digital exclusion, and to:

  • Support Affinity Sutton and Circle residents of all ages to get and stay online and use the internet as an everyday tool in their communities
  • Support residents to discover the full scope of how the internet can assist them in their everyday lives, and to provide them with the skills and confidence to do so
  • Support residents to access the tools that meet their individual needs and circumstances
  • Encourage residents to use the internet with confidence and securely
  • Support residents of all ages, regardless of whether they go online regularly, to use it safely, and avoid risky and/or illegal behaviour

Please note, the Fund is primarily for Affinity Sutton and Circle residents, and we would expect the majority of beneficiaries to live in Clarion properties, however projects can work to benefit the wider community too.

Please read the full guidelines below for more details, and contact us if you have any queries.

The next closing date for 2017 is:

Friday 22nd September 2017 @ 5pm (for projects from December 2017 onwards - decisions will be released around 24th November)

Fund Guidelines

Application Form Guidelines

Application Form

Geographic area covered by the Fund:

UK wide - in areas of Clarion housing.

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Cockayne - Grants for the Arts

ABOUT COCKAYNE

Cockayne is a private foundation based in San Francisco and one of the successor foundations of Columbia Foundation, a ground-breaking philanthropic foundation founded along enlightened principles in 1940 by Madeleine Haas Russell, mother of the current President of Cockayne and her brother, William Haas. True to Madeleine Haas Russell’s belief that young people can best discern the priorities of their time, in 2013 Columbia Foundation’s assets were divided between three successor family foundations designed to involve the next generations in giving. Cockayne is committed to carrying forward Columbia Foundation’s commitment to make a difference for the good with special focus on how this is achievable in the arts. 

Cockayne – Grants for the Arts is a donor-advised fund of The London Community Foundation.

Purpose To support art as a way of enriching life experience. Grants are focused on arts projects in London that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theatre) literary, or visual arts.

Current priorities are

  1. New work or ground-breaking re-interpretations of classic repertoire that demonstrate the potential: for artistic excellence, to reach large and diverse audiences, and/or to make a significant, new contribution to the art form.
  2. Art that is experimental, risk-taking, and/or engages controversial issues.
  3. Projects that involve young artists.

Income Threshold None.

The fund will open in the September 2017

Expected Closing date  December 15th 2017 at 9am

Please note: Arts projects that are primarily focused on social/political advocacy, community arts and arts-education programmes are not a funding priority of Cockayne - Grants for the Arts. We do not fund digital arts projects or films, including the the filming of productions. Please do not apply if your project falls into one of these categories.

Grant size

  • Average grants range from £1,000 to £25,000, with a few exceptional projects being considered at a higher level.
  • Applicants should not apply for more than 20% of their overall project budget and must demonstrate clearly how additional funds for the project are to be raised.
  • Capital campaigns are rarely considered and only when improvement of the home of an arts organisation is its highest priority. Capital-campaign grants tend to be considered in the same range as programme grants.
  • Multi-year grant applications are not encouraged and are considered only very occasionally.

Geographic priority

Applicants must either be based in London, or delivering the proposed work in London.

Project dates

To help your planning. Projects for the next round of the Cockayne - Grants for the Arts Fund should not start before July 2018. The Fund does not consider retrospective funding of projects.

To access the online application form please follow the link in the fund guidelines

To access guidance on completing the application form please see the document application form guidance. 

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Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

Purpose 

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.  For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through a third phase of the ‘Local Communities’ programme.  Comic Relief is pleased to be working with the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities Programme.

The London Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the programme across 29 London boroughs. We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

The Local Communities Programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.  Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups and organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Themes

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

  1. Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise
  2. Maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
  3. Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to services
  4. Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety

There will be a different theme under which you can apply in each round.

Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant.  However, organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief cannot apply for a Local Communities grant.

A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.

Please ensure that your project activity begins no earlier than the 10 weeks after the grant deadline; you will then have 12 months to spend your grant, if you are awarded.

Living Wage

Comic Relief became a Living Wage Friendly Funder back in June 2015 and we are working with them to run a special pilot through this round of the Local Communities initiative. Comic Relief has signed up to the scheme in recognition and support of the commitment and hard work that workers in our sector undertake. The hope is that eventually all funders will sign up to the scheme and together we can work towards ending low pay in the community and voluntary sector in the UK.

As you know The London Community Foundations and UK Community Foundations manage the Local Communities initiative on behalf of Comic Relief and for this round we will be piloting the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. See the Fund Guidelines for more details.

Downloads please download and read all the following documents

Fund Guidelines

On line application guidelines

Cash flow forecast template

To apply please click the link - online application form 

Please note: We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs:

  • City of London
  • Hackney
  • Newham and
  • Tower Hamlets

You need to contact your local Community Foundation.

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Drug & Alcohol Relief Fund

About the Fund

We are delighted to offer this one-off programme for 2017-18, thanks to a generous donation from the Drug and Alcohol Service for London (DASL) following its closure. For 35 years, DASL’s core work focused on providing community services to meet the health and social needs of local people, valuing the capacities that individuals and communities have to be able to develop resilience and find solutions to challenges. The Drug & Alcohol Relief Fund will enable DASL’s work to continue and we encourage applications from small organisations which are firmly rooted in their local communities.

The Fund is available across London for work which supports people affected by drug and alcohol addiction, and their families. We know that there are a number of factors which lead to an individual developing an addiction and that this can have a negative impact on every area of their life. This fund will therefore support all work which will help a person to achieve and sustain recovery, as well as preventative work to help individuals identify risky behaviour that might lead to a later addiction. The fund will also help families to cope with the stress of addiction and to support their family member’s recovery process.

Fund Themes

Applications must address at least one of the following Themes:

  1. The prevention of alcohol problems, substance misuse and related diseases – in particular but not exclusively, through support with finances, employment, relationships, health and housing.
  2. The provision of support services for people with substance misuse problems and their families – such as therapy, information, advice and guidance (IAG) and if necessary, treatment.
  3. Social inclusion – helping people with drug and alcohol problems to feel part of their community and preventing people from becoming socially excluded. This can include support for individuals, families and communities affected by drug or alcohol addiction.

Grant size £2,500-£10,000 for projects of up to one year

Income threshold Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Deadline for applications 5pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

Fund guidelines

Guidance notes for completing the online application form

Online application portal

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Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund - Food for London

About the Fund

The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund was set up in 2010 to help grassroots charities tackling poverty, inequality and exclusion across the capital. The Fund is a restricted fund of The London Community Foundation. Each year, the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund focuses on a particular theme, which has previously included supporting young people out of gang activity, using football coaching as an agent for social change and funding communities and neighbourhoods through the Estates programme. 

In 2016/17 the Fund will shine a light on the disconnect between the high levels of food poverty that exist in London and the tonnes of surplus food that is thrown away, sent to anaerobic digestion or is fed to animals. Food for London will provide support to groups and charities who are using creative ways to repurpose surplus food or provide solutions to address hunger and food waste in London.

The Aim of the Fund

The aim is to turn edible food surplus into a social solution. We believe that many groups across London are using and developing ingenious and resourceful ways to reduce food waste, to repurpose surplus food and to provide food to help feed those experiencing food poverty. Whilst there is a prevalence of food banks offering dry goods and valuable services to those most in need, there seems to be increasingly limited support for the hundreds of groups and clubs who aim to provide nutritious, healthy and reliable sources of fresh food to those experiencing poverty, hunger and isolation in the Capital.  There is also a need to provide support to those groups who are developing new ideas and adopting different approaches to reduce food waste and redistribute surplus food. This £320,000 open grants programme is funded by Citi, D&D London and the Dispossessed Fund.

Criteria

Through this fund, we want to support groups working across London who are turning edible food surplus into a social solution; who are diverting food that is fit for human consumption away from being wasted and using it to feed people in need; who are developing solutions to improve how food is redistributed; who are striving to reduce food waste at production or store level and in the home; and who are directly delivering solutions to alleviate hunger and food poverty in London. We are also keen to support projects that encourage volunteering opportunities for people to get involved.

Grants of between £1,000 and £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to those experiencing food poverty, disadvantage or isolation in London or those reducing food waste.

To be eligible, all projects will need to demonstrate improvements for those experiencing food poverty. The range of projects will vary greatly but might cover the following areas:

  • Activities and services that reach people experiencing food poverty
  • Redistribution of edible surplus fresh food for the benefit of people in need (such as the homeless, the elderly for example)
  • Activities and initiatives tackling the issue of surplus food and food waste
  • Improving, purchasing or renting equipment or facilities to reach more people experiencing food poverty or those in need
  • Improving platforms or testing new ideas and approaches for repurposing food for the benefit of people experiencing food poverty or those in need
  • Providing fresh produce to those experiencing food poverty or isolation.

We are looking for proposals where applicants are able to demonstrate clear need and demand for the proposed projects. For larger grant requests, we would expect proposals to demonstrate how they will provide longer term benefits for participants and beneficiaries and deliver greater community impact.

Grant Size

Grants of minimum £1,000 and up to maximum £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to those experiencing food poverty, disadvantage or isolation in London or those reducing food waste.

It is extremely important to note that applicants should ONLY apply for the funds that you need to deliver your project or solution. It is anticipated that the level of funds requested will vary greatly due to the range of projects that are eligible to this programme.

Many groups will require low levels of funds to keep their operations going or buy new equipment; others may require more funds to scale up a proven operation or to test and develop new solutions. In all cases, applicants will be assessed against the evidence and level of need for the project AS WELL AS being assessed against the level of funds required to deliver the project. In all cases, your request should be appropriate to your level of experience, ability to deliver and evidence of need.

Who can Apply?

Constituted community groups, registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, social enterprises or Community Interest Companies (CIC’s) are all eligible to apply to the fund. Profit making organisations/enterprises may be eligible to apply provided they can demonstrate community benefit and that the funding will not be used to generate any profit for shareholders. If you are a profit making organisation, or you are in any doubt, please contact us before making your application.

How to Apply

Online application form

Fund guidelines

Online application guidelines

Income & Expenditure Forecast Template

Closing date for applications is Friday 11th November at 5pm.

Please contact The Programmes Team at The London Community Foundation if you need help with your application or have any queries about the Fund at 020 7582 5117.

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MOPAC Victims Fund

This Fund is now closed for applications

About the Fund

We are delighted to launch The MOPAC Victims Fund to benefit victims of crime across London. The aim of the Fund is to maximise the potential of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help ensure the continued and improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover. A portion of the fund will be ring-fenced for both hate crime victims and victims of violent crime.

The Fund is managed by The London Community Foundation on behalf of MOPAC and is open to proposals for work taking place in London only.

Fund Themes and Criteria

Grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 (with up to £5,000 of the grant award for capacity building such as in-house training, purchasing of software etc.) are available to individual organisations providing support to victims of crime to help them cope and recover from their experience. Partnerships of three or more organisations applying together can receive up to £100,000 – please note, partnership applications will need to be submitted by one lead applicant and we encourage larger organisations to partner with smaller groups in order to exchange learning.

Victims of crime are defined in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime as: ‘a person who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by criminal conduct; or a close relative of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct.’ 

Grants are available to cover any costs relating to work which helps victims of crime to cope and recover from their experience. This could include, but is not limited to:

-          Practical support

-          Emotional support

-          Advocacy support

-          Specialist support

-          Counselling

-          Restorative Justice

 Applicants must:

  • be delivering the work they are requesting funding for in London only, and be able to demonstrate that they aim to continue to deliver those services in London in the future. Organisations can be based anywhere in the UK.
  • either be currently delivering services to victims of crime, or be able to demonstrate a track record of having done so in previous years.

Grant size

For individual organisations grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 are available including up to £5,000 for capacity building support.

Partnerships of three or more organisations applying together can apply for up to £100,000 – note partnership applications will need to be submitted by one lead applicant, with supporting documents provided by the lead and partner organisations. Partnerships may be formal or informal and we encourage larger organisations to partner with smaller groups in order to exchange learning. 

Timetable for spending the grant

Unless otherwise specified, successful applicants will have up to 12 months from the offer date to spend any grant awarded, and a further 6 weeks after this date to submit your final monitoring. Grants cannot cover activities taking place before any grant is awarded – please refer to the dates above when planning your project start date. You will be asked for your project start and end dates in your application.

All expenditure must be complete by 12st June 2018.

An interim report will be expected at 6 months (December 2017) and a final report will be due after completion of the funding, no later than 27th July 2018. 

Deadline: 5pm Friday 17th March 2017

To apply for a grant 

Before submitting an application please read the following documents and then follow the link to start completing the online form. 

Fund guidelines

Guidance for completing the online application form

Online application form


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New Beginnings Fund

Purpose

This fund is now closed. 

The New Beginnings Fund has been created to provide funding of up to £10,000 to frontline groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers across the UK in response to the evolving refugee crisis.

In exceptional cases we will consider grants of up to £20,000 for bids including multiple local partners.

We will prioritise local groups, with turnovers of less than £250,000 who can explain the need for additional short to medium term support and how this will add capacity to their current work with local refugees and asylum seekers. Larger organisations with turnovers of up to £1million are not excluded from applying for funding however, priority will be given to smaller locally based organisations in our target areas unless there are no active local refugee / migrant organisations.

Eligibility

  • Open to any registered UK charity; Charitable Incorporated Organisations; companies limited by guarantee; not for profit registered Community Interest Companies; Constituted community and voluntary sector organisations (you must have a minimum of three unrelated committee members) with a registered bank account
  • Non-constituted groups or collectives may apply if they work in partnership with an eligible organisation. The eligible organisation must be an active partner in the delivery of the work and take responsibility for the management of the grant.
  • Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual groups, or up to £20,000 for bids including partnerships (a lead organisation will need to make the application and meet the eligibility criteria) over a 12 month period
  • Groups with a turnover of under £250,000 will be prioritised, however larger organisations with a turnover of up to £1m are eligible to apply.
  • Groups must be able to evidence an increase in demand for services and how they plan to respond using this funding (this could be an increase in numbers of people using your services, or more enquiries from the public in how they can support you)

Activities we will not support:

  • Activities promoting party political activity
  • Major capital costs
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Statutory services
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible.

Grant Size

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual groups, or up to £20,000 for bids including partnerships. 

The fund is now closed. 

Fund Guidelines

Online Application Guidelines 

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries, please contact Tom Flynn on 0207 5825117

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Peabody Community Fund

The London Community Foundation is delighted to again be managing the Peabody Community Grants funding programme in 2017-18. 

Please note that the first deadline has now passed, and the next closing date is Wednesday 21st March 2018 @ 12noon.

The Community Grants programme awards grants from £500 up to £5,000 to charities, resident and community organisations working for the benefit of people who live in the areas in which Peabody operates. In particular, we want to support Peabody residents.

Fund Criteria

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for activities which improve the quality of life of Peabody residents by supporting local activities that:

  • Are responding to identified community need
  • Bring communities together
  • Promote wellbeing

The Fund is able to support activities benefitting residents of all ages and priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
  • Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
  • Youth led projects up to the age of 24
  • In 2017/18 organisations can apply for funding benefitting residents from any Peabody estates in London. However, we would particularly like to encourage applications for projects located in the following boroughs: Haringey, Hillingdon, Redbridge and Wandsworth
  • There will also be restricted funds for projects supporting Peabody residents living in Waltham Forest and Thamesmead

Note: Activities must demonstrate that the beneficiaries will be Peabody residents. To find out where Peabody estates are near you, please refer to the Peabody website.

Applicants must:

  • Be supporting Peabody residents. Applicants will be expected to have researched Peabody stock in the area (available via LCF and Peabody) and demonstrate that they have a clear strategy for engaging Peabody residents in their project
  • Demonstrate that the proposal is in response to identified community need
  • Have a minimum of 3 unrelated Management Committee members
  • Have a Governing Document, i.e. a constitution or Memorandum & Articles
  • Have a Bank Account in the name of the group, with at least 2 unrelated signatories – or provide details of another group who will be managing any grant awarded, with a copy of the partnership arrangement
  • Have Annual Accounts, or for smaller groups, an Income and Expenditure Sheet for the most recent financial period. If a group is new with no previous income they will need to provide an Income and Expenditure forecast and a recent bank statement
  • Have an annual income of less than £100,000. However, organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 are eligible to apply if they have a proven track record of working with Peabody residents
  • Have a Safeguarding Policy if working with young people under the age of 18, or if you are working with vulnerable adults (groups can contact us if they need help with this and we can also provide them with our guide on safeguarding policies). Groups will also need to have DBS checks where required
  • Have the relevant insurance in place, including public liability where required, before delivering activities.

Grant size: Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available.

Guidelines and application form

Peabody Community Fund Guidelines

Peabody Community Fund Online Application Form Guidelines

Application Form

Closing dates:                                                                                    

Wednesday 19th July 2017 by 12 noon (you will hear the outcome by the end of September 2017) - deadline now passed.                                            

Wednesday 21st March 2018 by 12 noon (you will hear the outcome by the start of June 2018)                                                   

Notes

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at info@londoncf.org.uk 

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Red Nose Day - Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

The Red Nose Day Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund is for small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing work to support local people living tough lives.

Criteria

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

Organisations can apply for funding towards work that addresses one or more of the following themes:

- Tackling educational disadvantage;

- Getting people into work;

- Fighting gangs, knife and gun crime;

- Improving mental and physical health and well-being and supporting carers;

- Addressing manifestations of poverty such as homelessness, pensioner poverty or working poor.

Who can apply? 

To be eligible your organisation must fulfil the following criteria:

- Have been active in your local community for not less than 12 months

- Have an evidenced income of less than £250,000 per annum, either in your last complete financial year, or taken as an average income for the last three financial years (or over the life of the group if it is less than 3 years old)

For full details please download a copy of the Fund Guidelines

Deadline for applications: 

Friday 12th May at 12 noon 

Fund Guidelines

Application Portal

Please also read the Online Application Guidance before applying

Income & Expenditure forecast 

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Sport Relief: The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

This fund is now closed

About the Fund

Sport Relief is supporting The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund with a grant of £1million. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

Please note: Your proposals do not have to be sport related to be considered.

The fund is open across all London boroughs.

Aim of the Programme 

We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and are best placed to make any changes. Having lots of activities happening in area brings vibrancy to a local community which can make it a better place to live. We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need. We therefore want to support community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement. 

Criteria

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

Priority will be given to:

  • Small, locally based groups or organisations working in areas of disadvantage
  • Organisations demonstrating a clear understanding of the needs of their community

Organisations can apply for funding towards work that addresses one or more of the following themes:

  • Tackling educational disadvantage
  • Getting people into work
  • Fighting gangs, knife and gun crime
  • Improving physical and mental health
  • Addressing other manifestations of poverty such as homelessness, pensioner poverty or the working poor

Priorities

The Fund will prioritise organisations demonstrating the following:

  • Disadvantage – reaching those who are excluded or disadvantaged due to low income, social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality, gender or poor health
  • Need and demand – evidence that the activities are needed in the community and in demand
  • Lived Experience – people directly affected by the issues are involved in the organisation and the planning of the project
  • Effective Practice – evidence that the methodology being used will be successful
  • Partnerships – a range of relevant partners are in place to deliver the work

Deadline for applications 

Friday 6th May 2016 at 12 noon

Fund guidelines

Online application guidelines

Online application form

Income & Expenditure Forecast Template

Please contact The Programmes Team at The London Community Foundation if you need help with your application or have any queries about the Fund at 020 7582 5117.

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The Good Neighbourhood Fund

Fund Themes and Criteria

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 per year over two years, are available to support work benefitting people aged 18 or over in the following areas:

Health and/or Wellbeing and Inclusion

Proposals must promote or encourage integration and/or inclusion through project delivery. This could include:

  • Health and wellbeing projects that bring  people of different backgrounds, faiths, gender, cultures, sexuality, ages together through the group’s work
  • Projects with a health/wellbeing focus that are actively tackling issues such as exclusion and isolation

Funding is available for projects, or core funding for organisations whose work fits with the fund themes, and funding is available to continue existing work, and/or for new work or pilots.

Income Threshold: Organisations must have an average annual income of less than £200,000

Priority will be given to:

  • Small organisations working to support a defined local community
  • Resident or user led groups
  • Organisations demonstrating a clear understanding of the needs of their community
  • Work which shows innovation for either the organisation and/or sector
  • Organisations which are able to provide volunteering/engagement opportunities for MyLotto24 staff

This fund is now closed it will reopen in 2016 - please sign up to our e-bulletin for updates

Guidance notes for completing the online application form

Application Guidelines

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The Reducing Isolation Fund

The London Community Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Reducing Isolation Fund. If you are a charity, voluntary or community group and you need funding for work to reduce isolation amongst older people and to increase the involvement of older people in their community this Fund may be suitable.

The aim of the Fund is to support small organisations and projects working with older people to reduce isolation and increase involvement in the community. Applications will only be accepted for projects and work that benefits older people. By older people we mean people over the age of 50. Organisations working with the 65+ age group may be prioritised. Applications will also be considered for intergenerational work however older people must be the main beneficiaries. Organisations must demonstrate how their work meets one of the two themes: 

Fund Themes

Help reduce isolation amongst older people

Increase the involvement of older people in their community

Grant Size 

£5,000- £20,000. 

A limited number of two- year grants are available. 

Income Threshold 

Organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 are eligible to apply. Organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 may be prioritised. 

Application Deadline 

5pm on Friday 29th September 2017

Fund Guidelines

Online Application Form Guidelines

Online Application Form 

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The Rob Barr Charitable Fund sponsored by Russell Investments

Please note that this fund is now closed. Please sign up to our e-bulletin to be sure that you do not miss out on news about this or any of our other programmes.

Purpose
To support groups focusing on young people and education, employment and training. Please see the guidelines for further information.

Income Threshold

Less than £150,000

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Tonalex LCF Fund

The Aim of the Fund

This round will provide core funding to groups and projects who utilise the environment and outside green space to:

  • improve mental health and wellbeing
  • reduce loneliness
  • support unemployed or low-skilled individuals gain new soft skills and develop their employment prospects (e.g. increased confidence and self-esteem)
  • enable unemployed people directly gain employment

Priority will be given to groups who can document a recent and unexpected loss of funding.

Criteria

Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Examples of projects likely to be shortlisted are those that provide increased access to nature and outside space and:

  • deliver therapeutic activities designed to support those with mental health needs
  • build the soft skills of unemployed people to help them gain employment
  • deliver training or access to qualifications that could help increase employment prospects
  • provide paid job opportunities
  • increase opportunities for people and communities to engage in protecting the environment

Please read the Fund Guidelines and guidance notes for completing the online application form before beginning your application.

Grant Size

The grant size is between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects of up to one year.

Fund Areas

This year the fund is available accross all London Boroughs.

 The closing date of this round is 12th May 2017

Fund Guidelines

Application Form

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Youth Social Action

A definition of youth social action:

‘Young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as to the young person themselves.’ Young Foundation

Youth Social Action includes volunteering, fundraising and campaigning.

INTRODUCTION

Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%. 

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.  

The London Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the programme across 29 London boroughs. We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Guidelines

Application form guidelines


Application form

We say

"We've made over £55 million worth of grants to support more than 11,500 projects throughout London. We're continuing our work to raise more funds for local charities and community groups working across the Capital."

They say

"I am enormously grateful to the expertise, the professionalism and the generosity of spirit of the amazing group of people at The London Community Foundation. I know that there are lots of other small charities who have benefitted as much as we have, from their work."

Pippa Hockton, Director of Street Talk