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Date updated: 1/27/2021

Where we fund

Grants issued through the ‘Stronger Communities’ theme will be awarded to projects or services that are being delivered for the benefit of communities or beneficiaries within the City of London (the Square Mile) and/or the City of London Corporation's Housing Estates across London. Please make sure that you meet the geographical eligibility criteria before applying. If you are unsure, please get in touch to confirm your eligibility.

What we fund

Your application needs to fit one or both of the following sub-themes:

Developing stronger neighbourhoods and communities

This sub-theme has been developed to actively support local community-based projects within the City of London and its Housing estates across London. The projects you put forward should enable more people to become involved in their communities and encourage a broader understanding of the diverse needs of these communities. Projects may either promote a higher take up of existing projects or services or encourage new and innovative ones.

Promoting community health and wellbeing

The activities supported through this sub-theme should contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities and should be able to demonstrate positive outcomes that address the Health and Wellbeing priorities set out in the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (details of which can be found on the City of London Corporation (CoLC) website).

Who we fund

Your organisation must be one of the following:

  • Registered charity
  • Registered community interest company
  • Registered charitable incorporated organisation
  • Charitable company (incorporated as a not-for-profit)
  • Exempt or excepted charity
  • Registered charitable industrial and provident society or charitable Cooperative (Bencom)
  • Constituted voluntary organisation

If you are an individual seeking funding, please refer to our FAQ below.


Applications for the Stronger Communities grant programme can be received throughout the year. It is a rolling programme with no deadlines.


The minimum grant award permitted will be £500, and the maximum £10,000 for projects that take place over a 12-month period. Grants of up to £20,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances if the project takes place over a 2-year period. Exceptional grants will be those that demonstrate how greater funding over a longer period will make a demonstrable difference to the community they work with. A small grant scheme is also available for grants of £3,000 or less.

To apply for a CoLC grant you will need to complete either the small grant of standard online application form by the corresponding deadline and submit this electronically with your supporting documents to the CoLC Central Grants Unit. You should send your application to us well before the stated deadline to allow us to process your application in time. We will only consider one application from your organisation at anyone time. All application forms should be completed through the online CoLC grants web portal. Application forms in large print, Braille or audio tape would be offered to applicants by special request.

Proposals that support individuals can be accepted under this theme. However, if you are an individual wanting to make an application, we ask that you apply for funding through a City-based constituted group or organisation, residents association or a charity who will be able to support and countersign your application and thus have “ownership” of the project. Should you be a resident on one of the CoLC Housing Estates and would like to consider establishing a Residents Association (should there not be one already operating in your area), you should contact your local Estates Manager who will be able to provide you all the necessary advice and guidance on how to proceed. Their contact details can be found on the CoLC website. Your local Council for Voluntary Service would be able to provide you advice and guidance in constituting any other type of organisation.

Once the CoLC has received your online application and all supporting documents it will be passed to one of the City Corporation’s officers for assessment. As part of this process an officer may contact you for more information. We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 10 working days of it being received. If your application is not complete, it will be returned to you and you will have a further 10 working days to send us the missing information. A Funding Officer may also arrange to visit or call your organisation as part of the assessment process. Once a full assessment has been completed your request will be referred to an appropriate Committee.

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Need help?

If you would like to discuss your application email the Central Grants Team.

Don't match the criteria?

If you don't match the criteria for the Central Grants Programme, visit the City Bridge Trust, the Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund or the Trusts and charities pages to see if you are eligible to apply for other projects.