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Funding for disability justice

A third of families in London that include a Disabled person are living in poverty. And almost half of people living in poverty are Disabled or are living in a household with someone that is Disabled.

Applications are currently closed for our disability justice fund, and will reopen in 2025.

We want to see Disabled Londoners that reflect London’s diversity, asserting and accessing rights and privileges in all areas of life by 2040. To achieve this vision we need a strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice movement*. Our focus is on disability justice, because disability justice is a social justice** issue.

Many things need to be in place to enable a movement, but for the disability justice fund we’re focusing on funding Deaf and Disabled People's Organisations (DDPOs). Right now DDPOs are underresourced, with no targeted funding enabling disability related campaigning or movement building.

*This vision includes people who may not have a political identity as a Disabled person, and if they chose to be activists, that they are able to bring their full intersectional selves to any organisation, campaign, or movement. Currently, the disability movement has a history of White leadership, and large disability charities are not led by Disabled people.

** Social justice: Our approach to social justice draws on the five principles set out by the Civic Power Fund: Equal access to resources, equity, participation, diversity and human rights. Read more here.

Our impact goals

  1. Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations have the capacity to campaign for the rights of Deaf and Disabled Londoners.
  2. Funders increase their investment in Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations.

Decision making

The project team from Trust for London and City Bridge Foundation includes staff members with lived experience of disability. We’re also working with an advisory panel of eight Disabled activists to decide who to shortlist and fund.

Key documents and information

Access the funding guidelines in different formats and download helpful supporting documents for currently funded partners.

09 April 2024

Supporting documents for funded partners

Timeline for round two

Date Event
Monday 20 November 2023 Applications open
Monday 4 March 2024 Applications closed
Week of 27 May 2024 Successful applicants invited to meet grants manager
Week of 29 July 2024 Grants awarded