Strategic initiatives

Our Grants Committee has agreed to set aside up to 20% of our annual budget for initiatives which go beyond traditional grant making. These are usually pieces of work initiated by the Trust which add value to our work and which respond to learning from our grant making or to emerging areas of need.

Strategic initiatives may include research, feasibility studies and conferences, and are often undertaken in partnership with other bodies. Organisations cannot apply for strategic initiative grants.

The Trust also runs occasional special one-off programmes, such as the Cornerstone Fund and Bridge to Work.

In this section we are highlighting just a few of the many projects which we fund as Strategic Initiatives. Others, such as London’s Giving are mentioned elsewhere. For a full list, please see the list of grants in our Annual Review or our monthly grant approvals in News & Events.

Call For Ideas

Under the Trust’s three new Bridging Divides programmes, we will be calling for ideas that tackle a specific issue or barrier within London’s communities. Organisations will be asked to submit an initial proposal of no more than 2 sides of A4, by the deadline stated.

Our first call for ideas is now closed. Further calls for ideas will be announced later in the year.


Connecting the Capital – CLOSED

We invited ideas on bringing disused assets within a locality into community use and making them economically productive e.g. disused land; railway arches; empty property.  The ‘ideas’ being focused on what it would take to make them useful to the community, rather than their actual acquisition.  Funding could be in the form of grants, social investment or a blended form of finance.