Place-based giving

Funding theme: Increasing the quality and scale of giving

We want to support the growth of local partnerships that use local insight, ideas and resources to find new and better ways to address the needs in their own communities.

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 £100,000 and £327,000, the average award size has been £299,000*

*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

Applicants must either already be members of London’s Giving place-based giving scheme’ network or plan to join as their project develops. Projects must reflect the network’s shared principles, to:

  • connect people and foster collaboration, bringing together residents and public, private and voluntary sectors

  • empower local people to take action on the issues that affect them

  • speak up about inequality and challenge ourselves and our partners

Place-based giving schemes’ (PBGS) bring together the voluntary and community, public and private sectors, to build stronger communities and improve local places. They set out to leverage wider community resources either to improve existing and/​or to develop fresh approaches to fundraising, volunteering, in-kind giving, grant-making, capacity-building, influencing or convening.

Infrastructure funding

Organisations eligible for a Place-based giving grant may also, in certain circumstances, hold or apply to our Infrastructure funding: capacity building and representation programme.

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:

  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.

Five diverse women are sitting around a table in a community space, talking and smiling.
In 2022, City Bridge Foundation awarded £258,500 over three years towards the strategic development of Barking and Dagenham Giving. Barking and Dagenham Giving is a local platform for anyone with a stake in the borough to contribute their ideas, energy, and resources to strengthening the borough. Photography by Andrew Leo.