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The London Community Response Fund opens today

With the capital in another lockdown and our communities facing even more difficult times ahead, London’s funders have once again come together to provide new funding for civil society organisations. The London Community Response is launching two funds today.

Wave five of the London Community Response is mainly focused on renewal, supporting three “missions” for the future beyond COVID-19 –

  • Building strong communities
  • A new deal for young people
  • Ensuring a robust safety net
Crisis Response Programme
Crisis response grants deal with urgent needs of London’s communities through the third lockdown and months ahead.  These grants will be for up to £10,000 for up to six months, starting as soon as the grant is awarded. 

For crisis response grants, applications will be considered in the order they are received, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 21 January 2021

Renewal Grants
Renewal Grants are for up to £50,000 to enable you to deliver work linked to these missions above, over the year starting from April 2021. Renewal grants can either be for a specific project, for a partnership, or for the core costs of running and growing your organisation. And there will also be a programme of larger, longer-term 'Renewal' grants which will focus on supporting the needs of civil society in the year ahead. 

Applications will be open until midday on Monday 15 February 2021 and will be assessed together as quickly as possible after this date.

What can you apply for?
You can apply for a crisis response grant and/or a renewal grant.  There are different questions for each type of grant – if you are applying for both you will need to clearly show that the work involved in crisis response is different to that you are applying for under the renewal programme.

Through this wave of funding the Fund will give particular priority to supporting:

Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*); Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+); and/or women’s-led groups);

Strong connections – groups who have an established reach to people at high risk of negative impacts from covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); and/or

Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year (though we welcome applications from smaller groups too).

If your organisation is not covered by these priorities you may still receive funding – for example you may be a larger organisation which is best-placed to meet the ambitions of the funding programmes, and is led by and has strong connections to marginalised communities – but we anticipate the majority of funding will reach the groups listed above.  

 

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