Deptford Challenge Trust Open Programme

The Deptford Challenge Trust (DCT) is a grantmaking charitable trust that aims to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in a defined area of Lewisham (covering Deptford and parts of New Cross). The Trust’s grantmaking programmes are managed by The London Community Foundation. The ethos of the Open Programme is to support small and new organisations through the provision of ‘seedcorn’ funding as well as encourage the strategic development of the DCT area and the organisations working within it.

For more information about the DCT and its work and to view a map of the area it covers please visit

Following a consultation in 2019 with local groups, this programme will now provide funding for Core Costs and Capital Costs as well as Project Costs.


Applications are welcomed for projects which work with residents of any age, gender and ethnic background, under the following themes:

  • Education and skills – helping those who need extra support to either stay in education or return to it later in life;
  • Community cohesion and social inclusion - celebrating the diversity of the DCT area and welcoming new arrivals into the community.
  • Health & wellbeing – improving the wellbeing of all residents, in particular those with a physical disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem;
  • Strengthening the DCT area – building capacity and connecting local organisations, creating a stronger, more resilient voluntary and community sector.

Grant size

Grants of between £1,000 and £30,000 are available.

How to apply

This fund is currently closed for applications. 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.


This fund is currently closed

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

You can also contact the Programme Manager for this fund, Sam Smallcombe, 020 7582 5117 or