Positive Transitions

What we want to achieve

At City Bridge Trust we want to help Londoners experiencing inequality and disadvantage to make important transitions in their lives. We want to enable these transitions to be positive for the individuals, give them greater choice and control over their lives and result in a reduction in inequality within communities.

What we want to change

By awarding Positive Transitions grants we want to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Londoners experiencing inequality or disadvantage are supported to become more independent.
  • Vulnerable and disadvantaged Londoners are more resilient and empowered to make positive choices.
  • Vulnerable and disadvantaged Londoners are better able to access specialist support services.

What we will fund

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

We welcome applications for up to five years of funding and core funding will be considered (please see our current policy on core cost funding here).

Open grant programmes

Support for children and young people

We want to fund interventions with children and young people at moments of key transition, with a focus on:

  • services in support of vulnerable parents and care givers of pre-school children (0-5)
  • children and young people engaged in child criminal exploitation
  • work which addresses the needs of disadvantaged young women and girls.

We are particularly interested to fund organisations that display knowledge of the locality or community in which work will take place. We are keen to hear from organisations whose approach builds children and young people’s resilience. We want to support work that builds the body of evidence for effective interventions with children and young people.

We especially welcome applications from organisations whose approach has been (and continues to be) co-produced with young people, and organisations who work with or are led by people with direct experience of the issue they seek to address.

For this funding stream, we generally place an upper age limit on beneficiaries of 25.

We recognise that service provision is frequently fragmented and unevenly distributed across London. Therefore, we support work that builds stronger connections between the range of services available for children and young people, particularly where this addresses current system shortcomings or failure.

To ensure work is properly resourced, applicants are encouraged to request funds for both staffing as well as costs to support relevant staff and volunteer management, clinical supervision (where appropriate), training, development, and overheads for project delivery.

Where we can, we will look to support funded work by drawing on our own networks and assets.

To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

Support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to access mainstream services and widen participation in the communities in which they live

We support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to thrive and participate fully in their communities. We do this by funding organisations which are working to tackle the barriers they face, and providing access to resources

Such work can include mental and physical health support, provision of legal services, assistance with housing and educational needs, and much more.

As part of our commitment to tackle the root causes of inequality, we do not just fund services, but also other activities including influencing, raising voices, and ensuring representation. Where we can, we will also look to support organisations working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants by drawing on our own extensive networks and assets.

If you are applying for funding to run ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes, please note that we will only support classes at Pre-Entry Level and Entry Levels 1,2 and 3, for adults who are not otherwise accessing mainstream ESOL provision. Teachers must have a recognised ESOL qualification, such as those listed on the TESOL website.

We particularly welcome applications from organisations led by people with direct experience of the UK immigration system.

Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £2,000 and £300,000 for work under this strand. The average award size has been £110,000. Please note that these figures are illustrative only, and that we can award more or less than these amounts depending on the applications we receive.

To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

If you are seeking funding for immigration advice services please see our Advice and Support programme

Support and services for Deaf and Disabled People

Support and services for Deaf and Disabled People to increase choice and control in their lives

We recognise the social model of disability and want to fund work which removes or reduces the barriers preventing disabled people (including people who are experiencing long-term mental health difficulties) from participating in society and living independently.

Examples of the types of work we will fund include: participation in the arts, inclusive or adapted sports activities, health & well-being opportunities, support with the transition to adulthood and evidence-based employment programmes.

As part of our commitment to tackle the root causes of inequality, we do not just fund services, but also other activities including influencing, raising voices, and ensuring representation. Where we can, we will also look to support your work by drawing on our own networks and assets.

We particularly welcome applications from Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPO). Based on the criteria used by Inclusion London, an organisation is a DDPO if:

  1. Its Management Committee or Board has at least 75% of representation from Deaf and Disabled people and;
  2. At least 50% of its paid staff team are Deaf and Disabled people with representation at all levels of the organisation and;
  3. It provides services for, or work on behalf of, Deaf and Disabled people.

(We support advice services through our Advice and Support programme)

Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £5,000 and £266,000 for work under this strand. The average award size has been £115,000. Please note that these figures are illustrative only, and that we can award more or less than these amounts depending on the applications we receive.

To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

Support and services for older people

We want to support older people to lead active, independent, and healthy lives that are rich and fulfilling. This work can take place with care home residents as well as those who live in their own homes. Funding is available to support:

  • Work with people aged 70+ that encourage healthy lifestyles and / or reduced isolation through participation in arts, sports, cultural, educational and/or well-being opportunities
  • Non-medical services supporting people aged 65+ living with dementia or Alzheimer’s to live independently as long as possible
  • Support and services for older carers aged 65 +

We particularly welcome applications from organisations working with individuals or communities who may not otherwise access mainstream services.

If your work protects older people from abuse, you may be interested in our funding stream ‘Tackling abuse, exploitation and hatred’ – see below.

If your work looks to address pensioner poverty, you may be interested in our funding stream Provision of advice and support to disadvantaged individuals.

Where we can, we will look to support funded work by drawing on our own networks and assets. To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

Tackling abuse, exploitation and hatred

We want all Londoners to live safe lives with dignity and respect. We therefore support work that prevents abuse, exploitation and hatred, as well as services that assist survivors.

We can fund organisations supporting the survivors of all types of abuse (including physical, sexual, emotional, economic coercion or neglect). We are particularly keen to fund work tackling male violence against women and girls and to support work with the LGBTQIA+ community and other communities which face barriers to appropriate provision. We also fund organisations working with perpetrators.

We fund work to address modern slavery (where people are illegally exploited for personal or commercial gain) and trafficking (where people are traded for purposes of exploitation).

We support work to tackle crime motivated by hostility based on race, religion, nationality, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

We particularly welcome applications from organisations led by people with direct experience of the issues involved. We are particularly keen to fund work with the LGBTQIA+ community, and other communities which face barriers to mainstream provision.

As part of our commitment to tackle the root causes of inequality, we do not just fund services, but also other activities including influencing, raising voices, and ensuring representation. Where we can, we will look to support your work by drawing on our own networks and assets.

Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £28,000 and £283,000 for work under this strand. The average award size has been £135,000. Please note that these figures are illustrative only, and that we can award more or less than these amounts depending on the applications we receive.

To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

Criminal justice: building settled lives for those leaving custody or serving community sentences

We want to fund services which prepare people for release from the custodial system or who are reaching the end of community sentences.

We want to support people in this transitional period and reduce the risk of further prison or community sentences.

We are particularly interested to fund:

  • Work that informs and advises people of the services available to them on release
  • Work at specialist premises that support especially marginalised individuals, such as women who have survived domestic abuse
  • Safe and secure housing
  • Access to employment or self-employment opportunities

We can support work taking place in prison and in young offenders’ institutions, but this must be preparatory to the transition around release.

Where work takes place in custody, this should either be in facilities within Greater London or where the beneficiary groups are Londoners.

We are also interested to fund work advocating evidence-based alternatives to custody as well as work looking to tackle inequalities in custodial sentencing.

Where we can, we will look to support funded work by drawing on our own networks and assets.

Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £45,000 and £154,000 for work under this strand. The average award size has been £87,000. Please note that these figures are illustrative only, and that we can award more or less than these amounts depending on the applications we receive.

To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

Mental health services

We want to support mental health services for people experiencing disadvantage and inequality.

Funding is available for mental health services and associated running costs. Please note we only support psychotherapy, counselling, and talking therapies* delivered in community settings.

Mental health practitioners delivering the services, will have relevant qualifications and accreditations, for example, registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

We welcome applications that support:

  • racialised communities, including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
  • disabled people including those with long-term mental health conditions
  • people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • people leaving the criminal justice system
  • people who identify as LGBTQ+
  • disadvantaged older people
  • disadvantaged children and young people
  • survivors of abuse, exploitation, and hatred.

Approaches that understand multiple disadvantages and offer appropriate, specialist responses are encouraged.

We are particularly interested in work that involves and engages people in shaping the services that they receive.

If your work provides wider support, advice, advocacy and/or enables voice or representation, you may be interested in our other Positive Transitions funding streams on this page, as well as our Advice and Support programme.

Where we can, we will look to support funded work by drawing on our own networks and assets. To make an application, please visit our How to apply page.

Applications for funding

To learn more about making an application for Positive Transitions funding, please visit our How to apply page.


* Mental health talking therapies. Funding is for non-statutory service provision; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be considered as part of a range of services but cannot be the main provision as it is offered through the statutory sector.