London Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of its member authorities, regardless of political persuasion.
London Councils manages a pan-London grants programme on behalf of its member authorities. The current programme, which has invested £6million a year since 2017 on combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse, is due to end March next year.
Pan-London Grants Programme from April 2022
London Councils is calling for proposals for a new four-year programme, which will deliver services from April 2022 to March 2026.
2022-2026 Pan London Grants Programme
The programme prospectus outlines the requirements for the programme and the services that London Councils is seeking on behalf of the boroughs. The programme focuses on two priorities:
- Combatting homelessness, and
- Tackling domestic and sexual abuse
Each priority has several service areas:
- Prevention and targeted intervention
- Prevention and targeted intervention for rough sleepers
- Prevention and targeted intervention for young people
- Improving the response to homelessness in London (working with housing and homelessness organisations and professionals)
Tackling Domestic and Sexual Abuse
- Prevention (children and young people)
- Specialist advice, counselling and support (for medium risk survivors (including post-IDVA/ISVA) and target groups not accessing general provision)
- Helpline services (advice and support, access to refuge provision)
- Improving the response to domestic and sexual abuse in London (working with domestic and sexual abuse organisations and professionals)
- Services for people affected by harmful practices
Who can apply for funding for the new programme?
Voluntary and community, and not-for-profit organisations specialising in combatting homelessness and tackling domestic abuse.
If you are thinking of applying for funding, please ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria - London Councils cannot fund organisations that do not meet these conditions:
- Not for profit: London Councils cannot fund organisations that make a profit. It can fund social enterprises and other organisations that generate surpluses, if the organisation’s governing documents show that the surplus must be reinvested. This must also be reflected in the organisation’s accounts.
- Constituted: Organisations must have a constitution or governing document that has been formally adopted by the organisation, is signed and dated, and defines how the organisation will operate. A governing document can be a written constitution, or Memorandum and Articles of Association of a company. Activities outlined in a funding application cannot be outside the remit of the organisation as set out in its constitution.
- Able to work across more than one London borough: The legislation that governs the operation of the Grants Scheme only allows London Councils to fund organisations that deliver services in more than one London borough. Due to the diverse range of London’s communities and the pan-London coverage required to meet the programme’s eligibility criteria, London Councils anticipates applications from partnerships, or sole organisations with enough reach. London Councils funds partnerships via a lead partner, however, all organisations within a partnership need to meet the eligibility criteria.
- Financially solvent: Organisations funded by London Councils must not have liabilities that exceed current assets.
- Not a public or local authority body: The legislation that governs the operation of the Grants Scheme does not allow London Councils to fund public bodies such as NHS trusts, local authorities, state schools or colleges.
- Deliver services within Greater London: The legislation that governs the operation of the Grants Scheme requires that funding, which comes from London boroughs, must benefit people who live in the capital.
How to apply
The application form and associated templates can be found to the right hand side of the screen under the heading related documents.
If you have any questions about the prospectus or the application process, please refer to the FAQ available on this page of the website (the FAQ will be updated weekly) or email [email protected]