Comic Relief - Core Strength

The London Community Foundation is delivering this programme across 29 London boroughs. Applications from the following boroughs are being managed by The East End Community Foundation: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

This 12-month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally-led groups to cover their day-to-day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. We know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities. 

People living in areas of disadvantage or who face social issues often get vital support from smaller local groups based within their communities. It is these locally based groups that truly understand the needs of the people they serve and make a huge difference to their lives.  

Sadly though, recent research shows that small and medium sized organisations across the UK are being hit particularly hard by the current economic climate, forcing many to either scale back or dissolve completely. We know these organisations urgently need core funding to continue their crucial work. There are still many communities in the UK that work in areas of economic and social deprivation and disadvantage and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. We want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That is why we have developed this exciting programme to fund organisational costs only and NOT direct project delivery – we hope this goes some way to help ensure organisations continue to sustain themselves and support their local communities.


Please note that we cannot accept applications from the following boroughs:

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

Grant Size 

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for organisations with an annual income of £100,000 or under in the last financial year.

How to apply

 If you’d like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen. The online application form guidelines are there to help you when the fund reopens. 

If, after reading the guidelines, you are confident that you are eligible, please fill out our online application form.

Deadlines for applications

The deadline for applications is 10am on 29th May 2018

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to chat through anything relating to the fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at