Frequently Asked Questions

We secured a Wave 1 or Wave 2 grant from the London Community Response – can we apply again?

Yes, you can.  There’s a question on the application form that asks when you will finish spending the current grant and when you would like a new one to begin.

We applied for a previous Wave but were rejected – can we apply again?

Yes, you can apply.  However, if you received an email from us to say your application for previous waves wasn’t eligible, we would advise you to check the guidance very carefully to make sure that you are eligible this time before applying.

We’re still waiting to hear about our Wave 2 application – can we apply for Wave 3 at the same time?

Yes.  Final decisions on Wave 2 grants should be completed by 10th July.  There’s a question on the Wave 3 application form that you can tick to say that you’ve applied for Wave 2.

We’d like to apply for a Crisis grant and an Adapt grant – is that ok?

No, you can only apply for ONE grant under Wave 3.  We recognise that applications might include elements of more than one programme – select the one that is the best fit for you.  

Our work straddles more than one of the themes – what should we do?

Submit one application only and select the theme that is most appropriate for the work you are seeking support for. You won’t be rejected based on the themes you pick. 

We’re a national organisation - can we apply to the London Community Response?

Yes, but you will need to make clear what proportion of your work will be of benefit to people in London.

We’re a new organisation, or a group with no bank account – can we apply?

You will need to find a host organisation who meets the eligibility requirements to apply on your behalf, who will hold the grant for you.

We’re a new organisation, and have a bank account, but don't yet have a year's accounts - can we apply?

We advise you to find host organisation who meets the eligibility requirements who can apply on your behalf, who will hold the grant for you.

We’re applying via a host organisation – whose information do we put in, ours (the hostee) or the host’s?

All of the information should relate to the host organisation with the exception of:

  • The second contact’s details (should be the hostee)
  • The funding request
  • The budget

You can use the ‘any other information’ box to tell us more about your (the hostee’s) organisation.

We’re a host organisation applying on behalf of other groups – can we also apply for ourselves?

Organisations acting as hosts for other groups can submit more than one application, including one for themselves. There a box to tick on the application form that will let us know that you are doing this.

Can we apply as a collaboration or partnership of organisations?

Not all funders in the partnership are able to fund collaborations in this wave of funding, so applying in this way may limit the number of funders who can consider your application, and it may take longer to give you a final decision if extra checks are needed on your partner organisations. If you’re considering applying as a collaboration or partnership then drop us a line at info@londonfunders.org.uk and we will put you in touch with relevant funders for a conversation before you complete an application.

If, after a pre-application conversation, you decide that a collaborative or partnership application is best for your circumstances you will need to give details of all the partners in the ‘more details about your grant request’ section of the application form.

If you decide not to go ahead with a collaborative application in Wave 3, note that you can apply for the costs of developing partnerships and collaborations for future funding rounds under the ‘Adapt’ strand.

We’re a lead organisation applying on behalf of a partnership or collaboration - can we also apply for a grant for ourselves?

If you plan to put in another application (the first as the lead in a collaboration and the second in your own right), please get in touch to let us know that you are doing this before you submit.  If the second is clearly different from the work you are applying for as part of a partnership or collaboration then we can consider two applications from you but will need to ‘catch’ your second application so that it is not automatically rejected as a duplicate.

We already have a grant from one of the funders on the list – will this affect our application?

If it’s a grant that came via a previous Wave of the London Community Response, there’s a question on the application form that asks when you will finish spending the current grant and when you would like a new one to begin. If the grant is with a funder on the list but isn’t via the London Community Response, then it doesn’t affect your application at all.

As well as completing the application form, what documents will we need to provide?

All applicants need to upload:

  • Your governing document e.g. constitution
  • Your most recent annual accounts

Organisations applying for a large grant (up to £50k) also need to upload:

  • Management accounts for the period ending 31.03.2020
  • An organisational budget (not project budget) for the next 6 months (a link to a template is provided in the application form)

Applicants working directly with service users need to include: 

  • Your safeguarding policy

If the funding is to deliver face to face work with children and young people (links to templates are provided in the application form: 

  • Signed and dated “Staying Covid-19 Secure in 2020” document
  • An appropriate risk assessment

If your organisation is constituted but not registered:  

  • The names and addresses of Management Committee members (you must have at least three) who should not be related to each other. 

In order to pay your grant (if successful), your funder will need your organisation’s bank account details in the form of a recent statement (last 3 months). Your bank account name must match your organisation’s legal name. This should take the form of one of the following:

  • Scanned bank statement (if you have access to this) – with transactions redacted
  • Bank statement downloaded from an online account – with transactions redacted

If you do not have access to the above, you will need to determine with the relevant funder a suitable alternative at point of grant offer.

We need help to fill in the application form?

Get in touch with info@londonfunders.org.uk and we will put you in touch with someone who can help you complete the form.

We’re halfway through making an application – if we save it, how do we access it again?

When you save your application, you are emailed a link which you will need to save in order to access your application again.

We’ve completed our application – if we submit, will we get a copy of the final application?

Yes, you’ll receive an email confirming submission, and a pdf of your application.

We’ve completed our application, but it won’t let us submit – help!

Sometimes the website gets very busy.  Try again later.  If you still can’t submit your application, get in touch with info@londonfunders.org.uk.

How long will it take to hear if our application is successful?

Funders are working in collaboration to sift and assess applications as quickly as possible.  We estimate that small grants will take up to three weeks and larger grants will take up to eight weeks, but this will depend on the volume of applications.

Will we get feedback on our application if it’s not successful?

Due to the large numbers of applications, we’re not able to give individual feedback.

What are the reasons that applications are unsuccessful?

  • Your organisation is not eligible for Wave 3 funding as set out in the guidance;    
  • The application you submitted does not fit the criteria for Wave 3 funding;  
  • Your organisation has not passed satisfactory due diligence checks;  
  • You have not uploaded the required documents with your application; 
  • You have submitted two applications for Wave 3 – in which case the second will have been rejected; 
  • There were more applications in your area or theme than funders were able to support.

Can we put a second Wave 3 application in if our first one isn’t successful?

No, you can only make ONE application to Wave 3.

We’ve got some feedback for funders on the application process – how can we share this with you?

When you submit your application, you’ll be invited to complete a short survey which asks for your opinion and feedback on the process of applying.  You can also send feedback at any time to info@londonfunders.org.uk

How can I find out about any future waves of funding from the London Community Response?

If you are signed up to our newsletter you will get emails with details of any future funding from the London Community Response, along with any additional funding opportunities that might be relevant for the work of London’s civil society groups.  If you are not already signed up please do follow this link so that we can keep in touch with you. 

We have received a grant from the London Community Response and would like to showcase this in our communications. How do we go about doing this?

In the first instance, contact the funder who has awarded you the grant – they will have logos and their own guidelines. In addition, please do tag the funder and London Funders in any social media posts. We’re keen to share case studies of all the brilliant work happening in the capital.