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Connected Communities - Groups with incomes up to £300,000 now eligible

Author: Trust for London

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Our Connected Communities programme is now open to groups with an income of up £300,000, without a limit on potential grant size. Special priority is given to organisations led by those from Black and Minoritised groups, and to Deaf and Disabled People's Organisations (DDPOs).

Trust for London have revised the criteria under which small groups can apply for funding through the Connected Communities programme.

The programme, intended to support small groups, was only accessible to those with a turnover of under £100,000 for grants of no more than £60,000. Now organisations with an income of up to £300,000 may apply and we have removed the £60,000 limit on grants, in-line with our other programmes. Under this programme, special priority will be given to organisations led by people from Black and Minoritised groups and Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations. We will also consider applications from other community organisations led by the communities they serve.

Analysis of our funding found that 41% of our 2020 grants went to organisations led by those they serve, and included 16 ‘Black or Minority Ethnic’ organisations, 12 migrant organisations, and 11 Deaf and/or Disabled People's Organisations (DDPOs). Whilst a reasonable number of grants are awarded to organisations led by Black and minoritized community-led organisations the value of grants given to these groups was less than the grants awarded to other groups.

As part of an ongoing assessment of our grant-making, the Trust is exploring how we can ensure such imbalances are addressed. As one step towards this, Connected Communities will now give priority to organisations that serve and are led by people from Black and minoritised groups, and organisations that serve and are led by Deaf and Disabled people. We have also narrowed the focus of the work to the provision of social welfare advice and/or strengthening the voice of communities affected by poverty and inequality.

To find out more about our Connected Communities programme and the application process click here: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/funding/connected-communities/.

If you would like to book an appointment to speak with one of our grant managers to discuss a potential application ahead of our next application deadline, the team would be happy to help. 30 minute slots are available to book throughout the year. 
Complete our eligibility quiz to book an appointment.