What we do

Our mission

In 1995 a scheme was agreed by the Charity Commission which enabled City Bridge 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.

Since 1995, City Bridge Trust has awarded over 13,800 grants, worth more than £716m. This currently amounts to at least £28m per year. Our What we fund page lists all our funding programmes open to new applicants.

Our mission is to reduce inequality and grow stronger, more resilient and thriving communities for a London that serves everyone. We will do this by using all of our knowledge, networks and assets.

City Bridge Trust has four key areas of work

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Grant-making

We award grants totalling at least £28m per year, the majority of which will be awarded through our Bridging Divides scheme which has a number of programmes & priorities. 

Our grant-making is supported by our Funder Plus programme, offering free organisational support with your funding agreement.

Philanthropy - including volunteering

The City has a proud tradition of philanthropy dating back to the Middle Ages, led by Livery Companies and the Mayoralty. Through our Philanthropy Strategy, we are working to inspire, support and amplify great philanthropy i.e. the giving of moneytimeskills or assets.

The LEAP employee volunteering program enables volunteers from the City of London Corporation to contribute their time and skills to support voluntary organisations, including those funded by City Bridge Trust, across London and beyond.

Social investment

The Trust manages the Bridge House Estates’ 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.