Open Grants Fund

Eligibility and Priorities

We encourage any eligible charity to apply

Grants are for up to £30,000 a year for up to three years

Grants are unrestricted and can be used by the charity in a way they choose

We make aim to decisions about grants awarded each year

We aim to fund between five and ten charities at a time

Our priorities

We fund inspiring local charities that are rooted in their communities and bring communities together, helping residents overcome severe and multiple challenges. We fund charities that have strong leadership, a vision for the future and are ready to work with us. We want charities to be able to increase their resilience so they can continue to help residents overcome these challenges and be active in these communities.

Are you eligible?

UK Registered Charity 

you’re a UK Registered Charity and have submitted at least 3 years of annual returns to the Charity Commission 


your most recent total annual incoming resources are over £25,000 and under £300,000


your charity’s office, beneficiaries and work are in Lambeth or Southwark – we don’t fund local branches of charities that have main offices elsewhere and we don't fund charities that also work with beneficiaries outside Lambeth and Southwark. See our FAQs for more information.

Embedded in community

you can show you understand your community’s needs

you work with residents experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage


you have a strong leadership and can show us the difference your charity has made in your community



you know your strengths and challenges

you have a vision for your charity’s future

you have good governance in place

Who we don’t fund

We don’t fund individuals or nurseries, schools, colleges, higher education institutions, universities and associated charities (including Parent Teacher Associations), places of worship or one-off events. 

How to Apply, our DeadlINES and sample forms  

We know there are some charities we no longer fund - find out more about our new approach here. We also have more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.