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Grants Programme 2017-21

London Councils is commissioning the voluntary sector to provide services to meet key areas of need in the capital. London Councils Grants Committee has agreed principles and priorities that London Councils should fund. All successful applicants will need to demonstrate they meet all the principles and one of the priorities.

Find out more about our principles and priorities.

The service specification

For each priority, London Councils has produced a service specification to define what we want to achieve through our funding. Priorities 1 and 2 have been divided into a number of  service areas with a service specification for each.

The service specification explains:

  • what service outcomes London Councils wish to achieve through our funding
  • the needs we are trying to meet
  • equalities information

You need to read the relevant service specification before you apply for funding.

Applying for funding

  1. Check if your organisation is eligible for funding.
  2. Select which Priority/Service area you wish to apply for and read the service specification
  3. Please follow the application guidance document on submitting an online application
  4. Access the online form. Full information on how to do this is in the application guidance document.
  5. Once you have started your online form you can return to your account.
  6. During the application process you will be required to use three templates which are available here. Please read the guidance above on how to use these.
  7. Ensure you submit your form by the deadline.

London Councils can only accept online forms. In exceptional circumstances London Councils will consider accepting a form in another format and you must write to London Councils to request permission to submit a form in another format.


The deadline is 12 noon Thursday 15 September 2016.  We will not accept applications submitted after this time. The deadline day can be very busy. Please submit your application before 11am.

Assessing your application

Officers at London Councils will assess your application, and will seek the views of borough officers from the 33 London boroughs. It is anticipated that recommendations will be presented to Grants Committee in February 2017 and will be sent to applicants.



Monday 8 August 2016

Deadline for applications

Thursday 15 September 2016,12 noon

Assessment of applications including involvement by boroughs and other key stakeholders

September – December 2016

Applicants informed of recommendations (applications that are not recommended for funding are presented with the option to submit a right to reply)

January 2017

Grants Committee meets to agree funding

February 2017

Further help

Firstly, please refer to our Guidance document and FAQs page.

If these have not answered your questions then email us -

Your question and our response may be posted on the FAQs page. Please send your questions before 7 September 2016 as we may be unable to answer questions after that date.

There is a right to reply process for organisations notified they are not being recommended by officers before going to Grants Committee for decision. Details of the process are included with notification of officers’ recommendations with timescales for reply. Organisations should note that information provided in reply will be made publicly available as part of the Committee process.