What we do

Over the past 20 years we have awarded over 7,000 grants totalling £1/3 billion

In 1995 a scheme was agreed by the Charity Commission which enabled the Trust to use its surplus income after meeting its responsibilities for the maintenance and replacement of the bridges for charitable purposes benefiting the inhabitants of Greater London. This currently amounts to around £20m per year.

Our mission is to tackle disadvantage in London, and we achieve this through four key areas of work: grant making, supporting & encouraging philanthropy, social investment and strategic initiatives.

Grant making

We award grants totalling £20m per year, the majority through our Investing in Londoners scheme which has a number of programmes & priorities.    

Supporting philanthropy

We want to support new ways of giving within London and do this through the City Philanthropy: a wealth of opportunity initiative and the London’s Giving model which operates in several boroughs across London.

Social investment

The Trust manages the City of London Corporation’s Social Investment Fund, a £20m fund which aims to achieve a positive financial return and demonstrable social benefit. We are also working to develop the Social Investment market and run the Stepping Stones Fund, an investment readiness programme.

Strategic initiatives

Up to 20% of our annual budget is set aside for Strategic initiatives which go beyond traditional grant making. These include research, feasibility studies and conferences, and are often undertaken in partnership with other bodies.