Capacity building incubator and grants of £5,000 - £15,000 available for collaborations and/or partnerships led by and for groups who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Following the success of the pilot programme Civil Society Roots, the Mayor of London has launched a new programme to develop collaborations and/or partnerships led by and for groups who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19 and the structural drivers of this disproportionate impact.  

This includes those collaborations which mobilised in response to COVID-19 and are looking to grow, and organisations who have identified gaps in community response that can be addressed by collaboration and/or partnerships.

The Civil Society Roots Incubator programme will offer a capacity building incubator alongside Micro Awards of up to £5,000 and Growth Awards of up to £15,000 for collaborations and/or partnerships of two or more organisations that meet one of the below objectives of the Building Stronger Communities Mission, which are:

  • Raising unheard Londoners voices to ensure they can participate more fully in all aspects of community life, lead London’s renewal and bring about change
  • Increasing feelings of belonging and/or address social isolation and loneliness
  • Increasing access to support, services and mutual aid

This round of funding will be targeted at collaborations and/or partnerships led by and for groups who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and the structural drivers of this disproportionate impact. This includes in relation to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic position. We are particularly interested in projects that take an intersectional approach, i.e., communities that experience multiple and intersecting forms of disadvantage.

Micro Awards

Up to £5,000 for early-stage projects that need support to bring organisations together to address a gap in support for Londoners. The award is an opportunity to test an idea, with a view to developing proof of concept. By proof of concept, we mean there is a viable collaboration and/or partnership to address a gap in support and a plan for how to develop that partnership.

Growth Awards

Up to £15,000 for collaborations and/or partnerships that have developed during the emergency response to COVID-19 and have evidenced their ability to work on the needs of the community they are part of, to help them develop stronger collaborations and/or partnerships and grow. The award is a financial boost to help partnerships become sustainable and/or replicable in order to increase their positive impact, with strong plans in place to evaluate impact.


Further Information

Visit the website or download the prospectus to find out more about the programme, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

We also recommend attending one of their upcoming information sessions to find out more:

How to apply?

To apply, complete the application form (for either the Micro Award or Growth Award) and submit to[email protected]

Deadline: Thursday 26 January