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Current funding opportunities

Community Investment Fund: Combatting Youth Homelessness
This grant programme is open to applications between 1st June - 30th June 2018

We are making £250,000 available from our Community Investment Fund to support young people aged 18-30 years who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the communities where we work.

Young people are three times more likely to have been homeless in the last five years than older adults. 225,000 young people in London have stayed in an unsafe place because they had nowhere safe to call home and only one in five aged 16-24 seek help from the council. Welfare reform and the housing crisis are only worsening the situation. Despite the evident need to support young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, services for young people have had their funding squeezed significantly over the last few years.

Through the Combatting Youth Homelessness funding programme, we are aiming to support those in need to access good quality, sustainable housing solutions, as well as helping at risk young people to avoid homelessness.

Please read our Funding criteria before starting an application.

We have produced step-by-step Guidance notes to help you make a strong application.

When you are ready to apply online, please click here.

Community Investment Fund

The Community Investment Fund aims to support small-medium sized charitable organisations addressing relevant social issues. Through this fund we aim to work in partnership with the voluntary sector across four key areas: Homes, Jobs, Skills, and Care. Each funding programme will focus on a specific theme within these areas. Funding of up to £250,000 will be available for each programme over a period of two years. Current and upcoming funding programmes include:

Improving Youth Mental Health: We are pleased to be working with six charity partners to address this issue: the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Free to Be Kids, Harlequins Foundation, Leap Confronting Conflict, MAC-UK and St. Matthew's Project.

Applications for Improving Youth Mental Health are now closed.

Combatting Youth Homelessness: Open to applications between 1st - 30th June 2018. Click Here for more information and to apply.

Please keep an eye on our website for further updates. We are unable to accept unsolicited applications outside these funding rounds.

Capacity Building Fund

We will soon be launching a Capacity Building Fund which will be open to all our existing charity partners, whether Strategic Partners, Designated Charities, Community Investment Fund partners. The aim of this fund will be to help our charity partners build resilience and operate more effectively.

If you are an existing charity partner and would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact us. We are unable to accept applications to this fund from other organisations.

FAQs

The Community Investment Fund is open to applications for charitable projects that meet the following criteria:

  • you are a Registered Charity or a Registered Community Interest Company;
  • you operate in Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, West Sussex, Warwickshire or the West Midlands;
  • you meet the eligibility criteria of the specific funding programme you wish to apply for.

We particularly encourage applications from smaller organisations with a turnover of less than £1m.

There is £250,000 available through each funding round of the Community Investment Fund. In general, we consider grant requests of up to £70,000. Please consult the funding criteria prior to submitting an application.
You must complete and submit our online application form together with the necessary documents as advised. We do not consider applications or proposals by email.
The application period for funding programmes under the Community Investment Fund are generally open for one month. Deadlines for each grant programme will be displayed on our website.

Charities applying to the Community Investment Fund are asked to carefully read the grant programme's funding criteria before making an application. We cannot consider applications which do not meet the basic eligibility criteria. All applicants are requested to apply online via our website and submit a number of supporting documents by email. Applications will not be considered until all supporting information is received.

We will aim to call or meet with all shortlisted applicants in advance of making funding recommendations to the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

The assessment process can take up to 5 months so please bear this in mind when applying to the Community Investment Fund. We cannot fund retrospectively.