Grants and funding
The GLA distributes grants to support communities and civil society organisations. Below you will find grants that are both currently open and grants that will be available soon. This page is updated regularly.
Grants open for bids
Applications are now open for Active Londoners funding (grants of up to £75,000).
Active Londoners is a key theme of the Mayor’s Sport Unites programme. It funds individuals and not-for-profit organisations (non-sporting and sporting) who use sport to improve the physical and mental health of Londoners.
Small grants – up to £5,000 for a project or event that will take up to 12 weeks to complete
Medium grants – between £25,000 and £75,000 for a project that will take up to 12 months to complete
Deadline: 12:00 Thursday 28 February 2019
Citizen-Led Engagement Programme
This year we are once again inviting community groups to apply for grant funding to facilitate their own community-led research projects, in collaboration with the Greater London Authority (GLA).
Eight grants of up to £12,000 are on offer to community groups.
Deadline: 12:00 Monday 4 March 2019
National park City Festival: Community Activity Grants
We’re working with National Park City Foundation, other partners, and Londoners to make London the world’s first National Park City. We’ll be marking this moment with the National Park City Festival in July. Now we’d like you to help make it happen.
The festival runs from 20-28 July and will celebrate London’s great outdoor spaces.
We’re now offering community activity grants to support organisations that want to hold festival events in their local area.
Deadline: 5pm on Friday 15th March
Crowdfund London gives you the opportunity to pitch new ideas - big or small - for community-led projects to make your local area even better.
The best could get a pledge of up to £50,000 to support your crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive.
The Mayor wants to back creative and distinctive ideas that can show local support. We have up to £1m to pledge in 2019.
Deadline: You’ll need to be ready to run a crowdfunding campaign and pitch to our fund on partner website Spacehive by 1st May 2019.
Culture Seeds Fund
Communities can now bid for grants ranging from £1,000-£5,000 as part of the Mayor's Culture Seeds Fund. The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.
Grants are available to fund arts and culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes visual and performing ares (music, dance and theatre), film screenings, digital art, cultural events and festivals, literature, spoken word, reading groups, craft and making activities, choirs and singing groups and creative writing.
Who can apply?
- individual Londoners
- not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000
Culture Seeds is now open for applications. Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Funding will be available until Spring 2020.
OPDC: In the Making
Small grants scheme, in the making, is a new funding programme for community projects that share our aim of embedding art, culture and heritage at the heart of the major development and regeneration planned for Old Oak and Park Royal.
We are offering micro-grants to support community arts, culture and heritage projects taking place in Old Oak and Park Royal, led by those living and working in the area.
Deadline: Rolling until September 2020
Housing Innovation Fund
The Mayor's Innovation Fund is available for those using innovative ways to deliver more affordable homes in London. This is part of Homes for Londoners, which brings together the Mayor's work to tackle the housing crisis.
Innovation can take many forms, but the Mayor is keen to understand how funding can support:
- community-led housing
- offsite and precision manufacturing of homes
- new accommodation for homeless households
We are encouraging proposals from those that provide genuinely affordable homes to Londoners.