Advice and support for disadvantaged individuals

Funding theme: Social, welfare, legal advice and food poverty

We want to increase the quality and scale of support available to Londoners.

Grant details

  • Area: Greater London
  • Open to: New and previous applicants
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding length: Up to five years
  • Funding size: There is no minimum or maximum limit to how much we will give, however we never give revenue funding exceeding 50% of the applicants turnover/​income in any one year
  • Average award: Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £36,000 and £320,000, the average award size has been £113,000*

*These figures are illustrative and we will award more or less than these amounts depending on the applications we receive. You can find out more about our approach to funding here.

What we fund

We want to fund projects and organisations providing advice on:

  • welfare benefits

  • money

  • fuel poverty

  • employment problems

  • housing

  • immigration status

  • debt

We particularly want to fund agencies able to demonstrate inclusion of marginalised communities in the design and delivery of services and supporting people with multiple and/​or complex problems.

You must either hold or be seeking a recognised management qualification and/​or advice standard, for example:

We can help you cover accreditation costs as part of your award. 

Wherever possible, we seek to support projects and organisations that involve the communities the project or organisation serves in the shaping of its services and/​or that are majority-staffed or run by those with lived experience of the issues they address.

Please note we can only fund debt advice provided by organisations regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

We can only fund immigration advice where accreditation from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner is in place.

Funding staff costs

We will not usually pay for staff costs beyond one full-time equivalent staff post. For example, we could pay for one full-time staff member, or two part-time staff, both working 17.5 hours a week. We will only fund staff posts that are paid the London Living Wage or above.

How to apply

Before beginning your application, please ensure you have thoroughly read steps one and two to check that our funding is a good fit for you. Please note, we only fund organisations that meet our eligibility criteria.

Application steps:

If you are a previous grant holder, or an unsuccessful applicant, please read our reapplication criteria before submitting a new application.