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Capital funding for access improvements

Access improvements to community buildings following an Access Audit

Once you have a completed Access Audit or design appraisal from a qualified practitioner*, you can apply to us for funding to carry out the work it recommends to make your community building more accessible for Deaf and disabled people, including people with sensory impairments and learning disabilities.

*To be eligible, an Access Audits does not need to be completed through us, but provided by a registered auditor from the National Register of Access Consultants.

Grant details

  • Area: Greater London
  • Open to: New, existing and previous applicants in receipt of an Access Audit (provided by a registered auditor from the National Register of Access Consultants). Organisations already holding one of our mainstream grants are not eligible to apply for capital funding. Please contact us before applying if you are not sure.
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding size: Up to £150,000
  • Average award: Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £20,000 and £100,000, the average award size has been £82,000*

*We encourage organisations to apply for the funds they need to carry out the improvements recommended in their Access Audit, up to the cap. You can find out more about our approach to funding here.

Before applying

To apply for capital funding for access improvements you’ll need to confirm:

  • that your building and its activities benefit the wider community and do not exclusively advance the promotion of any of specific religion

  • the building is owned by your organisation or has a lease of over 10 years

You’ll be asked to attach an Access Audit, or design appraisal by a qualified professional registered with the Centre for Accessible Environments or the National Register of Access Consultants, whether funded by us, your organisation, or a third party

You must await confirmation of funding before commencing building work. We cannot reimburse organisations for building works that have already been carried out.

We can only contribute to projects where the total refurbishment costs do not exceed £15 million.

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:

  1. Find out what’s involved in the application process
  2. Check your eligibility
  3. Start your application

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

Organisations already holding one of our mainstream grants are not eligible to apply for capital funding. Please contact us before applying if you are not sure.

A cast of smiling young people, including deaf and disabled participants, line up with linked hands on a large wooden stage.
City Bridge Foundation awarded the National Youth Theatre £100,000 in 2019 to enable the theatre to make their building more accessible and user-friendly for Deaf and disabled people. Photograph by Renata Boruch / Belle Imaging Photography