Hello, I am Joanna Wootten – grants manager for Trust for London, and I am also leading on the Disability Justice Fund.
Trust for London is thrilled to be working in partnership with the City Bridge Trust to launch this fund. This fund is £3m and aim is to enable social justice for Deaf Disabled Londoners who are more likely to be living in poverty by funding Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations – sometimes known as DDPOs.
We want to fund work that strengthens the ability of Deaf and Disabled People’s organisations to be stronger and more diverse so they are better at fighting for change, and disabled people’s rights in London.
Before I talk more about the fund, I just want to explain what our definition of disability is just in case it’s wide than you think it might be. Yes, of course it includes things like deafness, and mobility impairment, but it also includes neuro-diversity, mental health, and long term health conditions. Your organisation can focus on one particular condition, or it can be pan-disability. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask us.
Also, it’s important for you to know that we will only fund organisations where 75% of the board or trustees are Disabled and, if you have any staff, at least 50% of the paid staff or more are Disabled. Plus, your organisation needs to be providing services for, or working on behalf of, Deaf and Disabled People.
OK? Great! Let me tell you a bit more about what you can apply for:
- You can apply for small grants (less than £15,000) or large grants - maybe in partnership with other DDPOs. If you are wondering what a large grant is – we’re unlikely to fund more than £120,000 over three years – but feel free to ask us before making an application
- You can apply for grants to cover salaries and organisational running costs – sometimes known as core costs. The important thing is what you are trying to achieve as a result of the money. For example, if we give you money for a part time finance officer, so it frees up your chief executive to be able to do a campaign.
- We are keen to fund small groups – you might have a particular impairment or condition - or perhaps you have experience of more than one type of discrimination, for example Black Londoners who have low vision or are visually impaired or blind, or maybe a group of people who are LGBTQ+ and are also neurodiverse, the idea being to help small groups to build your collective identity and build your ability to challenge social injustice.
That’s probably enough talking from me! The deadline for your application is 3rd October, so you have got time to think about it
We will have information seminars and the first one is 13th July. We’ve got guidelines on our website, we’ve also got an easy read version and an audio version. You can also book a zoom conversation with me.
We are also funding Inclusion London to work with DDPOs to help them think about the type of application they would like to make. So again, of course, more information on our website.
You can find more information on our website. We have application guidelines, including an easy read version. We will have online information sessions, and the first one is on 13th July. You can also book a Zoom conversation with me. Can apply via our website or by video. We’ve also funded Inclusion London to work with DDPOS to think about the sort of applications that you might like to make – again, more information is available on our website.
Last but not least, good luck!