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Support and services for Deaf and disabled people

Funding theme: Deaf and disabled people, inclusive services and better access

We recognise the social model of disability and the cultural model of deafness and want to fund work which removes or reduces the barriers preventing Deaf and Disabled People from participating in society and living independently.

Grant details

  • Area: Greater London
  • Open to: New and previous applicants
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding length: Up to 5 years
  • Funding size: There is no minimum or maximum limit to how much we will give, however we do not 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 £5,000 and £266,000, the average award size has been £115,000*

*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 work which removes or reduces the barriers preventing Deaf and Disabled People from participating in society and living independently.

Examples of projects we could fund include:

  • provision of inclusive or adapted sports, arts, health and wellbeing opportunities

  • support for the transition to adulthood

  • provision of evidence-based employment programmes

  • projects that seek to increase these groups’ full participation in society and independent living through access to work and training

The list above is not exhaustive and if you have a different project that removes or reduces barriers, we would like to hear from you.

We particularly welcome applications from Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations, as defined by Inclusion London, whereby Deaf and Disabled People:

  • make up at least 75% of an organisation’s management committee or board

  • make up at least 50% of its paid staff team and are represented at all levels of the organisation

  • are the beneficiaries of projects and services

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 the project or organisation addresses.

As part of our commitment to tackle the root causes of inequality, we do not just fund services, but also other activities including influencing, raising voices, and ensuring representation. Where we can, we will also look to support your work by drawing on our own networks and assets.

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.

Six smiling young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. They are outside, wearing wet weather clothing and carrying rucksacks.
In 2020 City Bridge Foundation awarded Action on Disability a five-year grant of £220,800 to support their work with young people, including participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.

Previously funded projects