Disability Justice Fund Frequently Asked Questions

This page features FAQs for the new Disability Justice Fund. Before making an application, please read the Disability Justice Fund Guidelines.

Below are answers to questions we have been asked so far. We will update this page as and when we are asked more FAQs.

Last updated: 27 July 2022

Please note the answers on this page only apply to Trust for London’s Disability Justice Fund. If you are interested in applying for other funding from Trust for London, please visit our main funding streams webpage.

There are two funding rounds: 3rd October 2022 and 4th July 2023. There is £3m, and we anticipate distributing about 40% this year, and 40% next year.

Yes you can. Feedback will be given to all unsuccessful applicants in the first round. After the first round of grants have been made, the panel of Deaf and Disabled activists reviewing all grant applications may identify gaps which should be prioritised in the second round, so do check our website before making a second application.

Yes, you can. For example, a small group might apply for £10,000 this year, and decide to apply for more funding next year. Obviously, we cannot guarantee that the group will be successful both times with their application.

Six months would be the minimum although we anticipate that most grants are likely to be for longer as you cannot achieve much in six months. The maximum period you can apply for is three years.

In short, yes. We want to fund movement building and capacity building across the sector. This means we anticipate that some organisations will want to apply for funding for themselves plus be part of a partnership bid with other DDPOs.   

For example, an organization might want to apply for funding towards their CEO’s salary so that they can work full time instead of part-time and participate in a partnership bid looking at leadership.

No.  They will be dealt with separately.  You can apply for development funding to develop the thinking around the proposed initiative/project, and submit the budget showing what you will spend the development funding on.  When you submit your second grant application in July 2023, you will need to submit a project/initiative budget as part of your grant application. 

Yes, as we know that many organisations that we currently fund are struggling, and need to develop their capacity so they are better able to plan for the long term and campaign more effectively e.g. a part time CEO or finance manager may want to increase their hours. We have tried to make the form shorter than the usual Trust for London form so that it is less time consuming for you to apply. This fund is not just about funding new DDPOs.

Yes you can. We will arrange for it to be transcribed into English so that people who do not understand BSL can read a transcript, and know what you are saying.

No as this is an example of service delivery. The Disability Justice Fund is not funding service delivery projects. You may be able to apply for funding from Connected Communities or one of our other funding programmes.

The Disability Justice Fund was established to support a strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable movement for social justice for Deaf and Disabled Londoners.

This fund will only consider applications from groups and organisations that meet the definition of a ‘Deaf and Disabled people’s organisation’ (DDPO) - as provided by Inclusion London and specified within our Guidelines.

Our definition of impairment or disability is very wide.

We will fund pan-impairment or pan-disability organisations, or organisations that focus on one particular impairment or condition or common experiences of barriers in society (e.g. needing step-free access). We are using the Equality Act definition of disability which is very wide and includes:

- People with physical impairments

- People with visual impairments

- Deaf people

- People with hearing impairments

- People who experience mental distress

- People with learning difficulties

- People with long term health conditions

- People who are neuro divergent.

If you do not like the word ‘impairment’ (not everyone does), it may be helpful if you know that Trust for London follows the social model of disability. The social model of disability states that impairment is the name given to our condition or physical, cognitive or sensory difference, and ‘disability’ is the name for the system of discrimination people with impairments experience. More information about the social model can be found here on Inclusion London’s website.

Yes, you can apply for funding as being neuro divergent is regarded as an impairment/disability under the Equality Act.

Yes, you can apply for funding as being Deaf is regarded as an impairment/disability under the Equality Act.

Yes, you can apply for funding as having cancer is regarded as an impairment/disability under the Equality Act.

No. But you can check out other Trust for London Funding options here. Please note that the Trust that we are particularly keen on people with lived experience leading projects.

We will consider applications from these types of organisations which all have constitutions:

- Trusts

- Unincorporated Associations

- Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

- Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) which may also be registered as a Charity or a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee.

Companies and CICs must have at least one unpaid independent director or an Independent Board with knowledge of and skills to scrutinise the organisation’s finances.

Yes. You can benefit in two ways:

1. You can be a partner in a project led by an organisation with a constitution. It is OK for the organisation with a constitution to give you money to carry out your work as long as your project falls within the criteria of the DJF.

2. You can ask an organisation with a constitution to apply for funding on your behalf. You will need to have a good conversation about how this will work as the organisation with a constitution will be legally responsible for making sure that the grant money is spent properly in line with charitable law. They probably will need to budget for their time managing this grant on your behalf. The host organisation would have to fill out the application form because they legally responsible for looking after the grant monies. However, we anticipate that the host organisation and group(s) would work together on the application. There will be assessments for all shortlisted applications, and the host organization and the group(s) would all need to attend the assessment.  This will give us an opportunity to work out the best way of managing the relationship(s) between the Trust and the host organization and the group(s) over the grant period, if awarded a grant. 

No. An example of an application that would be eligible is an organisation with a constitution applying for funding, in conjunction with four small groups which do not have constitutions.

Yes. But we will need to understand why you have chosen non-DDPOs to be partners. We only want to give funding to projects/initiatives/programmes which are Disabled-led. We will need to feel confident that the DDPO making the application, and any other DDPOs involved in the bid, have power and control and would expect to see this reflected in the budget with the majority of the resource staying within the DDPO(s).

We would want to be understand the role of the non-DPPO and why this role could not be undertaken by another DPPO. Sometimes, it will be easy for us to understand why you are working with a non-DDPO e.g. a university, or a campaigning training provider, but sometimes it may not be. You can use the ‘Any other information’ box in the application form to give us more information if you like.

If you are shortlisted, you will have the opportunity to explain more about how the partnership will work. You can also speak to a grants manager before making an application. You can find dates here.

Yes, but it is important that you can show how your project will benefit Deaf and Disabled Londoners.

Your project may have a better chance of success if you work in partnership with a London DDPO as we are keen to improve the capacity of DDPOs in London so they are more effective powerful inclusive influential and sustainable.

Yes, but it is important that you can show how your project will benefit Deaf and Disabled Londoners.

Your project may have a better chance of success if you work in partnership with London DDPOs as we are keen to improve the capacity of DDPOs in London.

Please note that we will not fund applications from large national organisations that already enjoy widespread support (see 3.7 Exclusions in the Guidelines). Large national DDPOs can be partners in an application. Before awarding any funding, we will need to feel confident that the smaller DDPO has power and control, and will benefit from the partnership.