Funding body information

City of London Corporation Council

Corporation of London
PO Box 270
020 7606 3030

Point of contact:

City Bridge trust, 020 7332 3710,


The City of London Council’s voluntary sector funding is directed through the CityBridge Trust. The trust currently operates eight funding schemes for voluntary organisations which have no set deadlines:

  • Accessible London
  • Bridging Communities
  • Improving Londoners’ Mental Health
  • London’s Environment
  • Older Londoners
  • Positive Transitions to Independent Living
  • Strengthening the Third Sector
  • Greening the Third Sector

There is no minimum or maximum revenue grant. However, it is not policy for the City Bridge Trust to award large grants to small organisations. A grant from the Trust cannot amount to more than 50% of an organisation's turnover/income in any one year. Capital grants for access will not exceed £100,000 and must be redevelopments of existing buildings totalling no more than £10m.

The Grants Committee meets six times a year (in January, March, May, July, September and November) and applications are accepted throughout the year for all of the current funding program.

Recent grants which have been awarded include £113,000 over three years for the salary of a Sports Participation Officer for the Barking and Dagenham Progress Project and £2,000 to Lewisham Elders Resource Centre to provide an eco-audit.

Further information can be found on the City Bridge Trust website.

Exceptional Grants

Very occasionally the trust will make grants outside of their published priorities.

These can include organisations which show that they are:
responding to new needs and circumstances which may have arisen since the Trust fixed its priorities, such as a major catastrophe impacting upon London; or
projects requiring short-term assistance to cope with unforeseen circumstances enabling them to adapt to change and move forward. Need arising from poor planning will not be considered.

Only a small number of grants are likely to be made in this category and you should speak to the Trust before applying.

Information on individual grant schemes can be found on the City Bridge Trust website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

The switchboard number above is used by the City of London’s main contact centre; all funding enquiries are dealt with through this line and are passed through to the relevant trust officer.

All voluntary sector services appear to be run through the CityBridge Trust, so our high rating is a credit to them.

The website doesn’t have a specific voluntary sector or funding page, however the City Bridge Trust website is very informative and gives a concise breakdown of all of the different funding schemes run by the Council, as well as lists of local CVS branches, charities and other organisations providing advice to voluntary and community organisations.

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