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 ten and twelve charities at a time. We're currently funding thirteen charities with multi-year grants. Read stories from our current partner charities here.
We fund small, local and inspiring charities that are rooted in their communities and bring communities together to overcome severe and multiple challenges. We want charities to be stronger and more stable so they can carry on working alongside residents to overcome these challenges and be active in these communities.
We fund charities that have strong leadership, a vision for the future and have good governance in place. We fund charities that have Trustees and staff who are from their communities or have personal and lived experience of the challenges these communities face.
In our last funding round, we gave priority to Black-led charities. By this we mean charities that are primarily led by Trustees and staff identifying as Black, African, Caribbean, Black British or Any Other Black, African or Caribbean background (more than half of Trustees and and more than half of staff). Other eligible charities could still apply - see here for more information in FAQs.
Our Current Focus
We currently have thirteen charity partners receiving large multi-year grants and one charity partner receiving a one-off grant. We always knew, in terms of our size, resources and income available, that we could not fund more than around twelve charities at any one time. We are currently focusing on our relationships with current partners, learning from these charities, and then using this learning to feed into a refreshed strategy and plan for 2024 onwards.
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
the communities and people your charity works with are from Lambeth and Southwark – not from other boroughs. Your work is only in Lambeth and Southwark.
your charity’s office is in Lambeth or Southwark. We don’t fund charities that are based outside Lambeth or Southwark or have a main office elsewhere
see our FAQs to understand why
Embedded in community
you can show you understand your community’s needs
you work with residents experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage
your Trustees and staff include people with personal and lived experience of the challenges your community faces
you have a strong leadership and can show us the difference your charity has made in your community
Good Governance in place
you know your strengths and challenges
you have a vision for your charity’s future
you have good governance in place including signed Safeguarding and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies, and efficient financial processes.
See FAQs for why we just fund charities with 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.