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Funding: Trust for London

Start Date:
23 September 2002
Application Deadline:
08 October 2012


Funding for work that develops new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s social problems, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. Funding is available under the following themes: employment; advice; social justice; violence; and small groups.


Fund Value:
£ 6,000,000
Maximum Value:
£ 100,000

Value Notes

There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount requested should be the amount needed. However, the average grant (not including funding under the small groups priority) will be around £75,000 in total and will not normally exceed £100,000. Grants made under the small groups priority will not normally exceed £30,000 with an average grant being £20,000 in total, although many grants will be less than this.

The amounts may be spread over one, two or three years and in some cases over longer periods, if there is a good reason to do so.

The Trust supports long-term strategies for dealing with poverty and inequality. Therefore organisations that have received funding may return for support for work which is particularly effective and continues to meet the criteria and priorities. However, applicants should not assume the Trust will award further funding and should also apply to other funders.

The Trust does not generally provide more than one grant at a time.

Extended Description

The Trust for London (formerly known as the City Parochial Foundation) is a registered charity which aims to benefit disadvantaged people in London. The Trust makes grants to support projects that aim to tackle poverty and its root causes, dealing with issues such as deprivation, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, poor health and pollution.

The Trust's current priorities are:

  • Employment.
  • Advice.
  • Social justice.
  • Violence.
  • Small groups.

It will also fund a limited number of exceptional projects to tackle poverty that falls outside these key priorities.

Latest Information

Annual deadlines: 4 February (5pm); 28 May (5pm); and 8 October (5pm).

Key Criteria

The Trust funds voluntary and community organisations undertaking charitable activities in London. Applicants do not need to be a registered charity.

The Trust primarily supports small to medium-sized organisations, usually with an expenditure of less than £1 million.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for specific projects and ongoing costs, including staff salaries and overheads. The Trust encourages organisations to include a reasonable amount of core costs to cover their overheads when they apply for funding. The majority of funding is for revenue costs, though requests for small capital items will also be considered.

The purpose of the funding is to benefit people who are living in poverty. This includes work to increase their income as well as addressing other issues that may affect them such as inequality, discrimination or violence. Work can benefit a large number of people living in poverty eg a campaign to make housing more affordable in London; as well as specific issues affecting smaller numbers eg work to prevent female genital mutilation.

The Trust's funding programme has the following aims:

Employment – The Trust's emphasis is on activities which Government and mainstream training and employment funders will not or are unlikely to support, including developing new and innovative ideas to help people into work and remain employed. Funding is available for the following:

  • Projects developing new models of supporting people into work and improving job retention. Funding is only available for work testing new ideas or adapting creative models, including those from other countries, which have significant potential for influencing policy and practice.
  • Progression routes out of low-paid work. This could include advice, training and support to help low-paid workers into better-paid, sustainable employment which offers a career path.
  • Research on employment-related issues including that which provides greater insights into what helps people secure and retain employment; enables career progression for those in low paid work; and how more jobs can be created in the capital.
  • Policy change and campaigning work on issues such as:

    • Improving access to apprenticeships, paid internships and work placements.
    • Improving pay, conditions and rights for those on low incomes, including promoting the London Living Wage, flexible working and addressing exploitative employment practices.
    • Highlighting London-specific challenges such as the high cost of childcare and issues relating to the labour market.
    • Promoting good employment practice, including changing attitudes.
  • Improving the capacity and skills of voluntary and community organisations working on employment-related issues. This means funding for organisations to support other groups to improve their practice, share knowledge and influence.

Advice – The Trust will fund direct advice work and representation in areas which are particularly underfunded and which it has previously supported. This work includes good quality early advice for cases that merit support, preventing problems becoming more serious, complex and costly. The Trust is particularly interested in supporting legal advice work which has the potential to have wider impact on the lives of disadvantaged Londoners.

Organisations should have an understanding of what causes demand for advice and should aim to address these causes, reducing waste and tackling demand at source. They should also support and empower clients to resolve problems and take more control over their lives. The Trust is particularly interested in innovative approaches to dealing with these issues.

The Trust is also interested in improving the quality, accessibility and provision of advice; and in the co-ordination of services so that limited resources are used efficiently and effectively. Funding is available for the following:

  • Employment legal advice including casework and representation, which protects workers’ rights and tackles issues of discrimination. Funding is available for tribunal work and the enforcement of tribunal awards.
  • Immigration legal advice. This can be either immigration advice at a specialist level (advocacy and representation); or advice work relating to a specialist issue eg for those seeking asylum because they are being persecuted as a result of their sexuality.
  • Policy and campaigning work to improve access to advice services.
  • Research to improve the evidence base on the value of advice.
  • Developing new models of funding advice work including charging for services and securing funds from new sources.
  • Co-ordinating the delivery of advice services at a local and regional level to improve the delivery of services and meet needs more effectively.
  • Improving the capacity and skills of voluntary and community organisations working in the advice sector particularly in relation to the quality, accessibility and provision of advice. This means funding for organisations to support other groups to improve their practice, share knowledge and influence.

Social Justice – The Trust anticipates major changes to policies over the next few years, and these are likely to have a significant impact on those living in poverty. Therefore, the Trust wants to encourage and resource voluntary and community organisations to share their knowledge and expertise with policy-makers and others, so that the design and implementation of these changes bring real and significant improvements to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Londoners. This includes work to influence public attitudes, establish an evidence-base, as well as enhancing skills in campaigning and lobbying to bring about improvements.

The Trust is also interested in funding work that supports the voice of London’s disadvantaged and excluded communities, as well as collaborative work to bring together grassroots groups with think-tanks and/or established organisations, to campaign on any of the priority issues listed below. Funding is available for the following:

  • Policy change and campaigning work on the following issues:

    • Reducing poverty – on issues such as welfare benefits, pay, debt and pensions. The Trust is particularly interested in work targeting single working-age adults, children and families living in poverty.
    • Reducing income inequality through work that highlights the gap between rich and poor, and practical work to promote a better sharing of wealth such as Fairness Commissions.
    • Improving housing – work to address systemic problems in the availability, accessibility and affordability of decent housing for low-income Londoners. The Trust is also interested in piloting and sharing examples of good local practice.
    • Promoting environmental justice on issues such as the built environment and pollution in poor areas and the impact climate change could have on London’s poorest communities.
    • Promoting equality and civil rights specifically where people are experiencing multiple discrimination and disadvantage due to their race, gender, disability, class, sexuality, faith or age in addition to their low income. The Trust is also interested in work related to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, including those who are undocumented.
  • Improving the capacity and skills of voluntary and community organisations that are undertaking campaigning work. This includes their advocacy, research and evaluation skills. This means funding organisations to support other groups to improve their practice, share knowledge and influence.
  • Pilot projects to build the capacity of service delivery organisations to use their evidence to campaign for policy change.
  • Research which provides greater insights into poverty and inequality issues, with a specific emphasis on identifying solutions.

Violence – The Trust's focus is on supporting those who have limited financial resources as this can often mean that they continue to live in violent situations or take longer to find appropriate help. The Trust recognises the need to fund work that highlights good practice, provides specialist support as well as prevention work. Funding is available for work that addresses the following:

  • Conflict resolution – to pilot and adapt new models of conflict resolution work with young people. The Trust's focus is on enhancing their skills in dealing with a range of conflict in their lives.
  • Disability hate crime – prevention work and projects supporting victims/survivors of disability hate crime.
  • Harmful practices – prevention work and support to victims of harmful practices such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and ‘honour’ based violence.
  • Policy and campaigning work to improve the quality, accessibility and provision of support to victims/survivors of gender-based violence and victims of hate crime, including homophobia and racism.

Small Groups – The Trust is keen to fund small community groups, with an annual income of under £75,000, that have an emphasis on user involvement and self-help. The Trust will fund activities that tackle poverty and inequality in London by empowering people to advocate for themselves and which build stronger communities. Funding is available for the following:

  • Speaking out and campaigning activities – specifically work that empowers groups of people to speak out for themselves and to campaign for positive change. This could include improving access to services; increasing influence on local decision-makers; or changing policies which affect the quality of people’s lives.
  • Advice and information work that supports disadvantaged communities to access mainstream services and/or provides solutions to their immediate needs. This work should provide good quality early advice, preventing problems becoming more serious, complex and costly; and should support and empower clients to resolve problems and take more control over their lives.
  • Practical activities to improve local neighbourhoods – funding is available for small-scale activities which bring different groups of people together to enhance their environment. This could include improving local green spaces; play areas; or road safety.

Small groups are encouraged to apply under this funding priority, although they may also be eligible to apply under the other priorities if they have the skills, experience and capacity to undertake the work the Trust wishes to fund.

The Trust may also fund work to tackle poverty and inequality which falls outside this open programme. Organisations will need to demonstrate clearly how the work is genuinely exceptional or how new and emerging needs are being addresses. Applicants will need to speak to the Trust if they wish to apply under this heading. Generally only a few grants are made under this category each year.

Match Funding Restrictions

The Trust encourages applicants to apply to other funders to fund proposals jointly as it cannot always provide the total costs of the work.


The Trust will not support proposals:

  • Which do not benefit Londoners.
  • That directly replace or subsidise statutory funding (including contracts).
  • That are the primary responsibility of statutory funders such as local and central government and health authorities.
  • From individuals, or which are for the benefit of one individual.
  • From organisations which have fewer than three individuals on their governing body eg trustee board/management committee.
  • For mainstream educational activity including schools.
  • For the promotion of religion.
  • For umbrella bodies seeking to distribute grants on its behalf.
  • For work that has already taken place.
  • For general appeals.
  • For large capital appeals (including buildings and minibuses).
  • From applicants who have been rejected by it in the last six months.

The Trust is unlikely to support the following proposals:

  • Where organisations have significant unrestricted reserves (including those that are designated). Generally up to six months expenditure is normally acceptable.
  • Where organisations are in serious financial deficit.
  • From large national charities which enjoy widespread support.
  • For work that takes place in schools during school hours.

Application Procedure

Applicants that have read the funding guidelines and are unsure if their work is eligible for funding should telephone the Trust to discuss their project.

Applicants should submit an application form.

Applications submitted by email or fax will not be accepted.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Enquiries Trust for London
6 Middle Street
020 7606 6145
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