Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation. We aim to tackle poverty and inequality in the capital and we do this by: funding voluntary and charity groups. During 2013 to 2017, we made grants totalling around £40 million (£8 million a year over the five years) and at any one time we are supporting up to 300 organisations; funding independent research; and providing knowledge and expertise on London’s social issues to policymakers and journalists.
The Trust works on five year strategy cycles. This report covers the period from January 2013 to December 2017; within it we present some of the key facts about our grant making, as well as reflections on what we have learnt and achieved. Most of this data comes from the feedback we get from our grantees, through their end of grant reports, externally commissioned evaluations, and the many conversations we have with them over the lifetime of their grant.
From 2013 to 2017 our strategic aims were:
1. To tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality in London by funding voluntary and community sector organisations and others to undertake work within agreed priority areas. For the period 2013 to 2017, these were: Employment, Advice, Social Justice, Violence and Small Groups.
2. To increase understanding and insights into poverty and inequality in London and to explore potential solutions.
3. To increase the impact of the Trust’s funded work by using our own knowledge, expertise and resources.