Emergency or short term funding for DDPOs – February 2021 update

Here you can find information on new sources of funding for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis.

New Emergency Funding for DDPOs

Here you can find information on new sources of funding for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis – updated February 2021.

Civil Society Roots Incubator – supporting community led partnerships

Civil Society Roots Incubator – London City Hall

Apply now for funding and to participate in the Civil Society Roots Incubator

The programme will support partnerships and collaborations that raise the voices of Londoners, increase feelings of belonging and increase access to support and services. Projects must be by and for communities that have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 as a result of structural inequalities. This includes in relation to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic position.

Successful applicants will have access to a 6-month incubator programme and up to £15,000 grant funding.

Find out more about the programme and how to apply here, where you will also find our prospectus and application forms. Deadline for applications 5pm, Tuesday 23 February 2021.

We will also be hosting an information session on February 11 at 10am – register here

To get in touch about the programme, you can reach us at civilsociety@london.gov.uk.


Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Tech for Good “Build”

Tech for Good ‘Build’ 2021 | Comic Relief

The Tech for Good 2021 ‘Build’ programme will enable organisations or partnerships to define, test and develop digital solutions over nine months that meet a social need or challenge.

Applications that want to adapt or re-purpose existing technology to increase impact in their service delivery are also actively encouraged; we know that re-use of tools which already exist can be just as important and effective as building something new.

The programme will aim to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development. Build is suitable for both organisations at concept stage who are at a very early stage of scoping their idea, as well as for those who have already done some digital development.

This round will fund up to 18 digital projects with investments of up to £70,000 over a period of nine months from June 2021 to February 2022. This funding is for a combination of supporting your internal delivery costs as well as contracting support from external digital and technical development agencies.

We are also interested in applications from partnerships or consortia between multiple not-for-profits that aim to work together to address or improve a service delivery problem in their area of work.

Deadline for applications is 12 February 2021

London Community Response


The Mayor has announced funds for emergency support to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus. The emergency scheme London Community Response is being coordinated by London Funders and is available to organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the coronavirus or providing responses and services to people affected by it. They will fund a very wide range of activities related to navigating the current crisis and are particularly interested in funding DDPOs.

Wave 5 of this funding is now open.

Renewal grants are for up to £50,000 to enable you to support the recovery and renewal of London’s communities over a full year, starting from April 2021. Renewal grants can be for the costs of a specific project, a partnership approach, or for the core costs of running your organisation. Applications will be open until midday on
Monday 15 February 2021 and will be assessed together as quickly as possible after this date.

The renewal grants are mostly focused on  three “missions” for the future beyond covid-19 – building strong communities, a new deal for young people, and ensuring a robust safety net. Renewal grants are for up to £50,000 to enable you to deliver work linked to these missions, over the year starting from April 2021. Renewal grants can either be for a specific project, for a partnership, or for the core costs of running and growing your organisation.

Through this wave of funding we will give particular priority to supporting:

  • Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*); Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+); and/or women’s-led groups);
  • Strong connections – groups who have an established reach to people at high risk of negative impacts from covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); and/or
  • Small organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year (though we welcome applications from smaller groups too).

Mayor of London Community-Led Recovery Programme

Community-Led Recovery Programme | London City Hall

The Community-Led Recovery Programme offers two grant streams to support communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in shaping London’s recovery: 

Community-Led Action Grant: offers grants of up to £9,000 to initiate social action projects which gather new insights.
London Community Story Grant: following the success of the pilot programme, we are offering grants of up to £1,500 to organisations with existing projects which capture Londoner’s experience of COVID-19, supporting them to be presented and shared to a wider audience. 

Both grants support user-led community, voluntary, faith, cultural and grassroots organisations. The London Community Story has an additional interest in hearing from cultural and creative producers.
eadline for applicants is 12pm Friday 19th February. 

You can  attend our second Information Session set up on Thursday 28th January, 17:00 – 18:30 and we have arranged for a BSL interpreter and captioner during the session. 

Power to Change

Community Business Renewal Initiative

The Community Business Renewal Fund provides grants to community businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable. The fund is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support those who have been most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The main priority support areas for the fund include: areas of England facing high levels of deprivation, organisations supporting and led by Disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

What can you apply for?
An unrestricted grant between £10,000 and £20,000 to to support your organisation to adapt and evolve to the changing circumstances, by providing an unrestricted grant that could be used to cover core staffing costs, contribute to meeting capital costs of adapting your community business and ensuring that your community business can continue to provide the vital support to local people.

We have two further rounds in 2021. Each round will have a short application window of 3 hours as we expect a high level of demand.

  • Round Three – Tuesday 2 March 2021, 10am-1pm

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