The Cornerstone Fund Round 2

The Cornerstone Fund is a funder collaboration currently involving City Bridge Trust, the GLA, the National Lottery Community Fund, Trust for London and the John Lyons Charity.  It forms part of CBT’s Bridging Divides strategy 2018 – 2023.

Our collective vision is for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive. Our mission is to reduce inequality and grow stronger, more resilient and thriving communities for a London that serves everyone.

The Cornerstone Fund aims to bring about systemic change, enabling civil society support organisations to collaborate to achieve the goals of: a thriving civil society that is adaptable, resilient, collaborative, sustainable and driven by communities, with a focus on tackling deep seated structural inequalities to improve outcomes for Londoners.

Stage 1 grants awarded in Round 2

The following organisations have been awarded Stage 1 development grants, as the lead of their partnerships and collaborations, to enable them to work up their Stage 2 proposals.

Organisation NameProject DescriptionStage 1 Grant Amount
AdviceUKTo strengthen the work and increase the impact of London civil society organisations which advise communities of experience and identity using a Whole Person Approach.£25,000.00
High Trees Community Development TrustThe development of the Building Young Brixton partnership as a vehicle to create place-based models for collaborative working practice within Lambeth and beyond.£22,750.00
Bridge Renewal TrustCreate systemic change in the funding world, using participatory practices to shift power back to communities in how money is spent/decisions are made locally.£25,000.00
Global Black Thrive CICCreate a collaborative and coherent employment and social inclusion support system across Lambeth that provides person-centred support that is effective in meeting the needs and aspirations of Disabled Black people.£25,000.00
The Federation of London Youth ClubsCreating a user-led partnership that will enable the youth sector to develop community-based, culturally competent interventions to improve young people’s post-pandemic mental health.£25,000.00
Inclusion LondonTo enable DDPOs to address systemic, attitudinal barriers to Disabled people’s equality through developing strategic communications that will improve understanding of disability and DDPOs£25,000.00
Kingston Voluntary Action / SuperhighwaysDeveloping a partnership to map data-journeys of London’s small civil society organisations, co-designing resources and data tools, so they can better use data to respond to needs, building resilient communities.£10,000.00
Camden Volunteer BureauTo develop volunteering infrastructure partnership (NCL Volunteering PLUS) to better work and integrate with the NHS£23,100.00
Africa Advocacy FoundationTo stop structural inequalities by ensuring Black communities living with HIV can hold decision-makers to account, influence actions, and become part of the decision-making process.£25,000.00
Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary ServiceTo develop models for improved public sector decision making that are responsive to diverse community priorities, promote social cohesion and are led by marginalised communities£25,000.00
The Health ForumTo mobilise local organisations to reduce health inequalities among people from BAME communities in North West London.£23,000.00
Consortium of LGBTWe are requesting funding to develop new, sustainable funding models and collaborations which will support equity-focused work across London, through a partnership between Consortium, Inclusion London, WRC and Ubele.£25,000.00

Learning and development

As with Round 1, we have appointed Collaborate CIC as our Learning Partner, following a competitive tendering process, who will work alongside the Round 2 cohort to develop a peer learning network. As well as helping us understand the challenges, opportunities and impact of these systems change initiatives, they will also help us to share the learning, as well as the funding approach, as widely as possible.

It will be important to understand the potential of funded partnerships to contribute to long term systemic change, and the different routes to achieving this.

Cornerstone reports

Summary of the partnership and the key learnings from Year 1

Year 2 Cornerstone Fund Learning Executive Summary (PDF)

Year 2 Cornerstone Fund Learning Full Report (PDF)