Financial support

Working to reduce inequality and grow stronger, more resilient and thriving communities across Greater London

Tower Bridge

We are London’s largest independent charitable funder, and our vision is for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive, especially those experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. Our mission is to reduce inequality and grow more cohesive communities for a London that serves everyone.

Financial support available to London’s communities:

Bridging Divides

Our Bridging Divides funding strategy outlines our approach, using all of our knowledge, networks and assets to champion London’s biggest asset — our people. The City of London Corporation (CoLC) is our trustee, and supports us to serve Londoners and the communities they are part of. We make connections directly, as well as through civil society, local, regional & national Government, the private sector and the wider funding ecology.

Read our Bridging Divides strategy

Our funding and grant making

Once the charity has met its responsibilities of managing and protecting the five bridges, we are able to distribute the surplus income for charitable purposes benefiting the people of Greater London.

We award over £30 million a year to charities across London, and support over 500 organisations at any one time. 

As a funder working in London, we support organisations to do great work in pursuit of our vision, mission and values. Our aspiration is to support work that enables individuals and communities to thrive and we do this through:

Responsive grant making: Funding programmes and grants to support individual charitable organisations working to tackle poverty, disadvantage, need and inequality.

Funder collaborations: Partnerships, collaborations and one-off programmes that increase the reach and impact of grant-making, enhance London’s voluntary and community sector, and make support available to those that need it most.

Our social investments

We provide accessible, long-term, and flexible finance for social change. We invest in a diverse range of organisations which tackle disadvantage and marginalisation across London.

  • Social Investment Fund: Our £20m Social Investment Fund invests in projects which are making a positive contribution to society, promoting equity and fairness and reaching under-served communities. Since 2012, the Fund has invested in 31 ventures. 
  • Stepping Stones Fund: A unique grant programme in partnership with UBS, to support charitable organisations in Greater London looking to access social investments as a funding source in the future. It has awarded over £4 million to almost 100 organisations across 24 London boroughs.

Central Grants Programme: funding from the City of London Corporation

Our trustee, the City of London Corporation, has a strong track record of charitable giving over many centuries. Together, we reach far beyond the Square Mile’s boundaries and across the private, public and charitable community sectors.

The Central Grants Team are responsible for managing the grant-making within the City Corporation and work closely with our funding team, ensuring together we practise philanthropic excellence.

The Central Grants Programme has four funding areas:

  1. Stronger communities
  2. Enjoying green spaces and the natural environment 
  3. Inspiring London through culture 
  4. Education and employment support