London Community Response 

Co-ordinated by London Funders, the London Community Response Fund provides a single application point for charities and community groups to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way. 


In late March 2020, the Fund opened for Wave 1 applications for grants of up to £5,000 focused on immediate and urgent needs (food and other essentials). A second wave of applications will open in early April for larger grants focused on the cost of service transformation and ongoing work to support communities in London.


For individuals


BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing. All applications must be made by a registered referrer.


The Buttle Trust

Grants to support families in need with children and young people


Family Action

Welfare grants for families and individuals to help prevent crises.


Islington Resident Support Scheme (RSS)

The RSS offers assistance to residents facing exceptional hardship. Email, call 020 7527 2000 or visit Contact Islington at 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR for further information.



Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.


For advice, please contact Citizens Advice Islington



For organisations


Awards for All

Three funding priorities for community-led projects: bringing people together; improving the places and spaces that matter to communities; and enabling people to fulfil their potential.


City Bridge Trust

Various funding programmes


Cripplegate Foundation

Grants to organisations including those supporting families, young people, and people with mental health issues


Garfield Weston

Wide range of grant types including community, welfare, youth, and education. Revenue and capital grants available.


Islington Giving

Grants to organisations tackling poverty and inequality


Islington Council Funding


The Council’s Local Initiative Fund provides small grants for activities and improvements in Islington’s neighbourhoods.


The Council’s Community Chest funding is provided through a partnership between Islington Council and Cripplegate Foundation which administers the fund. There are three Islington Council’s Community Chest application rounds each year. Funding of up to £5,000 a year is available for voluntary organisations that work with Islington residents who are experiencing poverty and/or isolation.


London Catalyst

Grants to projects supporting disadvantaged people with long term ill-health or a disability


The London Community Foundation has a list of funders on their website here.


The Mercers’ Company

The ‘Older People and Housing’ programme makes grants directed at helping older people by combating loneliness or providing housing solutions.


Voluntary Action Islington has a free searchable database of grants