Small community groups make a significant contribution to improving the lives of people and communities in London. They can do this by providing support for people to access their rights and entitlements, and to speak out about issues which directly affect them. We define small groups as those that have an annual income of under £300,000 (based on the last set of annual accounts).
Under this programme priority will be given to organisations that serve and are led by people from Black and minoritised groups, and organisations that serve and are led by Deaf and Disabled people, given the disproportionate impact of the Covid pandemic on these communities. By 'led' we mean 75% or more of the Board of Trustees/ Management Committee AND 50% or more of staff self- identify as deaf, disabled and/or from a Black and minoritised community. We will also consider applications from other community organisations led by the communities they serve.
What we will fund
We will support groups of people who are directly experiencing poverty and inequality, to speak out for themselves and to campaign on solutions to emerging or long-standing problems in communities.
We will support groups already providing social welfare advice and to improve the quality of that advice and which have clear referral pathways to specialist advice where it is needed. This work should support the people receiving advice to take more control over their lives, and prevent problems from becoming more serious, complex and costly.