Access Audits

City Bridge Trust can fund independent Access Audits up to a value of £5,000

City Bridge Trust aims to improve access to community buildings across London, making them more accessible and user-friendly for deaf and disabled people, including people with sensory impairments and learning disabilities.

An independent Access Audit is the first step towards improved access, and can also flag up ways in which your building could be more accessible to the wider community, benefitting all users and visitors. An Access Audit can prompt simple, low-cost adjustments, or inspire large-scale improvement works.

Our Access Audit grants can also fund design appraisals and disability awareness training.

We can make grants of up to £5,000 towards the costs of an independent Access Audit (and disability equalities training and related access consultancy) where an organisation could not be expected to fund these costs itself.

Access auditors must be registered with the National Register of Access Consultants or through our partner, the Centre for Accessible Environments.

Who will we fund?

Eligible organisations must be registered in the UK, serving beneficiaries based in the Greater London area, and be structured as one of the following:

  • Registered charity
  • Registered Community Interest Company
  • Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Exempt or excepted charity
  • Registered charitable industrial and provident society or charitable

Please note that we cannot fund work in connection with the promotion of religion. We can support work that benefits the wider community, for example, making a church hall that is open to everyone, more accessible for disabled people.

Apply for funding for an independent Access Audit

If you are considering making access improvements to your building, we strongly recommend that you contact the Access and Sustainability Adviser we fund at the Centre for Accessible Environments. Telephone 020 7822 8242 or email asas@cae.org.uk. They can also provide details of suitable professionals and the criteria for the audits.

Before you apply for an access audit:

  • Obtain a quotation from a registered access auditor. This quotation will need to be attached to your application before we can consider your request.
  • Check the access auditor is registered with the National Register of Access Consultants or through our partner, the Centre for Accessible Environments.
  • Confirm the lease of the building has at least five years to run, or is owned by your organisation
  • Confirm that the building and activities benefit the wider community, we cannot fund work in connection with the promotion of religion.

To apply for an Access Audit please complete our online application form.

Grants for access improvements

Following an independent Access Audit, City Bridge Trust can consider capital funding of up to £100,000 towards access improvements, subject to certain criteria, under our Connecting the Capital programme.

Please allow sufficient time in your project for completion of the Access Audit before approaching us for capital funding. If you have already received a grant for an Access Audit, you may apply at any time for funding towards associated capital works, once the audit is complete.

To apply for capital funding you must be able to provide evidence that an independent Access Audit has been conducted. You can pay for an independent Access Audit from your own funds or other funds – it does not have to be paid for by City Bridge Trust.