Connecting the Capital

Some of these funding programmes remain temporarily closed to new applicants.

What we want to achieve

City Bridge Trust’s mission is to help make London’s communities stronger, more resilient and thriving.  To achieve this, we believe that a healthy and vibrant and well-resourced voluntary sector, working with communities and across sectors, plays a vital role.

What we want to change

Under the Connecting the Capital funding programme we want to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Local communities have better, more sustainable, assets (financial, physical, environmental).
  • Civil society organisations are more effective and resilient.
  • Londoners experiencing inequality or disadvantage are better heard and represented leading to better decision-making.
  • Londoners experiencing inequality or disadvantage have greater well-being and independence through improved access to arts, sports and other community facilities and services.

What we will fund

Applications must be for one of the Trust’s Connecting the Capital priority areas. These priorities will be subject to review throughout the lifetime of Bridging Divides to make sure we best achieve our outcomes.


1. Capacity building support for civil society organisations

We want to fund organisations (specialist and/or geographically focused) that provide support to other voluntary organisations to become more effective and sustainable.


2. Supporting Philanthropy

We want to fund organisations which are uniquely focused on increasing the quality and scale of Philanthropy (the giving of time, assets, skills and/or funding). We want to focus our funding on projects which support stronger, more open links between philanthropists (whether individual or corporate) and the voluntary sector with the aim of improving the community sector’s sustainability, particularly around themes or geographies which currently struggle to secure philanthropic support. We would need to be satisfied that our funding supported philanthropy for the benefit of the inhabitants of Greater London.


3. Voice and leadership

We want to fund specialist organisations who work with under-represented or marginalised communities, and the organisations that support them, to strengthen voice and leadership.


4. Place-based giving schemes

Place-Based Giving Schemes (PBGSs) bring together people from different sectors (voluntary and community; public; private) to build stronger communities and leverage their community assets.  Applications should build on our work through London’s Giving and enable place-based giving schemes to develop and become more sustainable.

We expect successful applicants to be part of the London’s Giving network and their scheme to reflect the shared principles that underpin London’s Giving’s approach to place-based giving.


5. Growing, greening and environmental projects

Applications might include community groups, community gardens, environmental projects, and city farms wishing to bring people together on community gardening projects, including food growing. As well as improving the local environment, you will need to show how your project is making communities stronger.


6. Eco-audits: open to new applicants

Our Eco-audits help organisations to be more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Eco-audits are free and available to all eligible organisations including those applying for, or in receipt of, a Bridging Divides or Investing in Londoners grant. Applications for Eco-audits will usually only be considered where the lease on the building has at least two years to run. Please follow this link for the Eco-audit application process.


7. Arts, sports, health and/or well-being projects for Deaf and disabled people

We want to fund projects that enable disadvantaged people who are disabled, including those who are experiencing mental health difficulties and people with learning disabilities, to actively participate in the arts, sports and health and well-being opportunities.


8. Arts, sports, health and/or well-being projects for older people

We want to fund projects that enable older people, including people who have dementia, who are disadvantaged to actively participate in the arts, sports and health and well-being opportunities.

We define older people as those aged 65 and over.


9. Access improvements to community buildings: open to new applicants

Access Audits: We will fund building Access Audits up to a total value of £5,000.  The Access Audit must be carried out by an independent specialist, registered with the National Register of Access Consultants or through our partner, the Centre for Accessible Environments.  Applications for Access Audits will usually only be considered where your organisation’s lease on the building has at least five years to run.  Please follow the link for the application process. You cannot apply for additional capital funding unless an independent Access Audit has been carried out. For more information on Access Audits and to start an application, please click here.

Capital works: We will consider access improvements that will make your community building more accessible and user-friendly for Deaf and disabled people, including people with sensory impairments, learning disabilities and mental health problems. We can consider capital funding of up to £100,000 towards access improvements.  Applications for capital costs will usually only be considered where the lease on the building has at least 10 years to run.  To apply for capital works you must be able to provide evidence that an access audit has been conducted.


We welcome applications for up to 5 years funding and core funding will be considered.

Click here to start your Connecting the Capital application.

Please note that Eco Audits and Access Audits have separate application processes.