Connected Communities

Make Change Happen

Get up to £10,000 to reduce poverty and inequality in outer London

Do you have an idea that needs funding and are you based in outer London?

We have teamed up with Trust for London to offer £150,000 (up to £10,000 per project) in funding to community groups and organisations across 21 London Boroughs looking to make change happen.

Full eligibility criteria can be found here

Successful projects

Do you fit the bill?

We're looking for community groups and organisations that are making an impact within three key themes:

Strengthening voices

Strengthening the voices of those directly experiencing poverty and inequality by enabling them to speak out for themselves and to campaign for positive change.

Community activities

Activities led by communities, in isolated areas which bring together different groups of people to respond to local needs and gaps in services, particularly in areas that have experienced a rapid change in their population, including increased levels of poverty. 

Improving advice work

Improving advice work by support groups already providing social welfare advice that prevents problems becoming more serious, complex and costly, and empowers clients to resolve problems and take more control over their lives.

Interested?

Simply tell us your idea in no more than 100 words below and we’ll get in touch with you! The most inspiring ideas will get one-to-one Crowdfunder coaching support to make their idea a reality.

Your name

Your email address

Organisation name

Facebook page

Instagram profile

Twitter profile

Select London Borough

Your phone number

Tell us in no more than 100 words about your potential Crowdfunder project, what you will be raising the money for and how it meets the match fund criteria

How much are you looking to raise from a Crowdfunder?

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About the fund

Active Connected Communities Matchfund project fund
Connected Communities Matchfund
Get up to £10,000

Supporting organisations based and working in outer London to deliver projects tackling poverty and inequality.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.

Criteria
We are keen to fund charitable work that:
  • Provides practical solutions to support people on low incomes
  • Address local problems in creative ways
  • Are led by communities that will benefit from the work

Project must be working in our three priority themes:
  • Strengthening voice: enabling those directly experiencing poverty and inequality to speak out for themselves and to campaign for positive change. This could include work to improve confidence and skills; respond to new issues and identify solutions; and/or set up new campaigns, or influence established ones.

  • Community activities, led by communities, in isolated areas: bringing together different groups of people to respond to local needs and gaps in services. For example, community food projects in areas where there is a lack of provision. Our priority for this theme is outer London boroughs* which have experienced a rapid change in their population, including increased levels of poverty. They may be geographically isolated due to poor transport links and lack local services to respond to this growing need.
  • Advice work: supporting groups already providing social welfare advice and to improve the quality of that advice. You will also need to show you have clear referral pathways to specialist advice where it is needed. This work should prevent problems becoming more serious, complex and costly; and should support and empower clients to resolve problems and take more control over their lives.

Eligible Organisations will:
  • Be located and working in the Outer London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton, Waltham Forest
  • Be undertaking charitable work to tackle poverty and inequality
  • Involve the beneficiary community in the design and delivery of their project
  • Raise funding from a minimum of 5 individuals
  • Use the ‘All or nothing’ funding option

Exclusions

We will not support applications:

  • Which do not benefit Londoners
  • From individuals, or which are for the benefit of one individual
  • From organisations without a trustee board/management committee (with 3 people minimum)
  • For mainstream educational activity including schools
  • For the promotion of religion
  • From organisations seeking to distribute grants on our behalf
  • For work that has already happened
  • For general appeals
  • For large capital appeals (including buildings and minibuses)
  • From for profit organisations

We are unlikely to support applications:

  • Where organisations are in serious financial deficit
  • From large national charities which enjoy widespread support

Read the full terms and conditions for more information.

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