Making London more inclusive

Aims of the programme

Although much has changed to bring about positive change for disabled people, there remain significant barriers, physical or otherwise, that prevent disabled people from living lives that are as independent or fulfilling as they would like.

We want to support work that will help remove those barriers, enable disabled people to live independently and to fully participate in society.

Our programme outcomes

We want to fund projects that will achieve one or more of the following:

  • community buildings that are more accessible and as a result are more widely used by disabled people
  • disabled people actively taking part in arts or sport
  • disabled people involved in the running and management of sports activities
  • disabled people involved in the running and management of arts provision
  • disabled people reporting increased well-being as a result of taking part in the arts or sport
  • services helping people with a newly acquired or diagnosed disability to maintain choice and control in their lives
  • work supporting young disabled people (aged 16-25) in the transition to adulthood and/or independent living
  • work enabling disabled people of all ages to live independently.

What will we fund?

1. Accessible and sustainable buildings

  • independent access audits up to a value of £5,000
  • access improvements to existing community buildings, up to a maximum of £100,000 (where total project costs are less than £10m).

Applicants must have had an independent access audit by a professional before a grant for the capital cost of the access improvements can be considered. Please contact the Access and Sustainability Adviser we fund at the Centre for Accessible Environments, telephone 020 7822 8242 or email asas@cae.org.uk for details of suitable professionals and the criteria for the audits. Applications will normally only be considered where the lease on the building has at least 10 years to run.

To apply for an access audit, please complete the online application form here.

If you are thinking about making access improvements to your building, you might also want to consider its carbon footprint. To help with this, we can provide you with a free eco-audit.

Independent advice on community buildings can be provided by the Ethical Property Foundation.

2. Inclusive arts, culture and sport

  • work which increases disabled people’s participation in sport (except where significant funding is potentially available from a sport’s governing body), arts and culture.

3. Independent living

  • services that help people with a newly acquired or diagnosed disability to maintain choice and control in their lives
  • work to support disabled adults and young disabled people (aged 16-25) in the transition to adulthood and/or independent living.

Good practice

Please show how you:

  • involve disabled people in the planning, management and running of the service
  • welcome people from all backgrounds and value diversity
  • value and support volunteers
  • are taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint