Investing in Londoners

Please note that these priorities are now closed to new applicants. Our current programmes can be found here.

Any application to the Trust under Investing in Londoners must meet the priorities and outcomes of at least one of our programmes. These are:

English for Speakers of Other Languages
Improving Londoners’ Mental Health
Improving London’s Environment
Making London More Inclusive
Making London Safer
Older Londoners
Reducing Poverty
Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Offenders
Strengthening London’s Voluntary Sector

How much will we fund?

  • We have no minimum or maximum revenue grant.
  • A grant from the Trust cannot amount to more than 50% of an organisation’s turnover/income in any one year.
  • Applications over £5,000 in total need to be accompanied by a detailed proposal.
  • Requests for salary costs: it is the Trust’s usual practice to award salary costs at a level of no more than one full-time equivalent post.
  • Capital grants for access improvements will be for a maximum amount of £100,000 and will only be considered for improvements to existing community buildings (ie not new-build) and where the total development costs are less than £10m in total (in line with the Making London More Inclusive programme).
  • See the current grants awarded page for examples of our typical levels of funding.

Track Record

We expect organisations to have a demonstrable track record in the work they do, and be able to provide audited/examined accounts for at least one year  which comply with the relevant regulatory body.

What type of grants do we give?

  • We give grants for either running (revenue) costs or capital costs (not both). Grants for running costs can be for up to three years.
  • Projects of an exceptionally strategic nature may make an application for a further two years, a maximum of five years in all. Projects must be strategic to one or more boroughs; or be unique; or can be rolled-out pan-London. Applicants must also show a robust exit strategy.
  • Grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded for disability access audits and disability equalities training or consultancy to help organisations obtain the best advice to develop their proposed projects.
  • Organisations can also request a free eco-audit.

Grants will not usually be given to:

  • work where there is statutory responsibility to provide funding;
  • organisations seeking funding to directly replace cuts by statutory bodies, except where that funding was explicitly time-limited and for a discretionary purpose;
  • organisations seeking funding to top up on under-priced contracts;
  • work where there is significant public funding available, including funding from sports governing bodies.