Over £4m new funding available to support London’s civil society organisations through the second lockdown

With the capital in another lockdown and facing more difficult times ahead, London’s funders have once again come together to provide new funding for civil society organisations.

Applications for grants of up to £10,000 have opened today to help groups to support Londoners affected by covid-19 over the winter months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline at 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.

London Funders and partners have used needs analysis based on insights from over 2,600 groups who’ve already been funded, from equity and inclusion partners, and from groups completing the London Community Response survey. As a result, London Community Response funders are prioritising organisations that are led by and for marginalised communities; that are trusted by people at high risk of negative impacts from covid-19; and groups that have a turnover of less than £1m a year.

This is the latest round of funding from the London Community Response – a unique coalition of over 65 funders from across sectors. So far, over £42m has been distributed to London’s civil society organisations through the collaboration, with funding awarded to groups in all 33 boroughs.

In the most recent wave of funding, over 70% grants were given to groups led by people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities, Deaf and Disabled people, women, and LGBT+ communities. One such group to receive funding was Diabetes Action CIC, who received £9,980 from The London Community Foundation to increase capacity for their existing covid-19 food delivery service.

Explaining why the Greater London Authority is contributing to latest round of the London Community Response, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, said:

“Our capital’s civil society and voluntary sector are playing a vital role in supporting Londoners during these challenging times, but as demand for their services rises, they need our support too.

“I’m proud that the London Community Response has provided millions of pounds to help these organisations continue their work, and that new funding is available to help them through the challenge of a second national lockdown.

“The coronavirus has exposed serious and systemic inequalities across society but by working together we will do all we can to support the sector’s incredible efforts to help our communities.”

Whilst launching a new wave of funding to meet urgent needs, London Funders and its members are also looking ahead to renewal and recovery. Funders have heard clearly that the sector needs reassurance that longer-term funding is coming, as well as support with emergency funds. Last week London Funders coordinated the ‘We Still Stand With the Sector’ statement – now signed by over 150 funders – with signatories promising to stand together with civil society “now, and always”.

A broader wave of funding will be announced by the London Community Response in the new year which will support civil society as we head out of crisis.

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