Over £4m new funding available to support London’s civil society organisations through the second lockdown

Deadline: Thursday 3rd December 2020


The London funders have opened a fourth wave of funding, worth approximately £4m, to applications from Londons Charity and Non-profit sector to provide local support during the second lockdown this winter. 

According to their website, "London Funders and partners have used needs analysis based on insights from over 2,600 groups who’ve already been funded, from equity and inclusion partners, and from groups completing the London Community Response survey.

As a result, London Community Response funders are prioritising organisations that are led by and for marginalised communities; that are trusted by people at high risk of negative impacts from covid-19; and groups that have a turnover of less than £1m a year."

Grants of up to £10,000 are available in this wave, which are expected to meet the needs you are responding to for up to six months (from the time the grant is awarded), though this can be for a shorter period (e.g. if you wish to focus on the winter months).  Where possible we will offer unrestricted grants.

The Finer Details: 

The funding is available to the following types of organisations:

  • Registered, exempt or excepted charity
  • Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • CIC limited by guarantee
  • Charitable company (limited by guarantee)
  • Registered charitable industrial and provident society, or charitable cooperative (Bencom)
  • Faith group, where the activity is not promoting religion
  • Registered Community Amateur Sports Club
  • Constituted but unincorporated club or association
  • Constituted Tenants and Residents Associations, and Tenant Management Organisations
  • Constituted community group

Applications from the following areas will be prioritised:

  • 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 have a strong reach to 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).

The funding can 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 that ensures the resilience of staff and volunteers;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Further Information

Please Note: Community Southwark does not administer this fund and has no influence over decisions made on funding applications submitted to London Funders. Please ensure you read the guidance and eligibility before applying, and contact London Funders directly for questions regarding the application.

Application Guidance and Eligibility

Online Application