Charity Team London

Working with London’s Civil Society

Civil Society is the term used to describe the voluntary and community organisations, as well as informal groups of people, who come together to make the community a better place to live.

The Mayor is committed to working with London’s Civil Society to support communities and deliver services to help make the capital the thriving vibrant place that it is. 

Civil Society projects

We are working with Civil Society on a number of projects, including:

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

Young Londoners Fund

The Young Londoners Fund will help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It will support a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young people aged 10 to 21. The Mayor of London has committed £45 million over a three-year period from 2018. This investment will include:

  • £30 million fund for projects in local communities
  • £15 million to scale up existing City Hall funded projects to support young Londoners

Read more about the fund and how to apply.

Greener City Fund

As part of the Greener City Fund, the Mayor of London has committed £3 million to help Londoners plant trees and make our city greener. Applications are now open for round two of the Community Tree Planting Grant. Grants available range from £5,000 – £50,000 to support projects.

Applications deadline: 5pm, 19th June

The next round of Community Green Space Grants will open in summer 2018.

Culture Seeds Grants

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 arts (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. Funding will be available until Spring 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. 

Read more about the fund and how to apply

Grants available soon

Good Growth Fund

The Good Growth Fund is Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £70 million regeneration programme to support growth and community development in London. 

Working with the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), the fund will support projects that are inclusive, innovative and which demonstrate an outstanding approach to challenges faced across London.

The Good Growth Fund is currently closed for applications, but we will be holding another round in early summer 2018 and will confirm dates soon. 

Sign up to receive the Mayor’s Regeneration Newsletter to find out about future rounds of the Good Growth Fund and further opportunities for funding and support.

Resources for Civil Society groups

Are you looking for volunteers for your organisation? Do you want training or access to London’s data? Take a look at the information below to find out more about what’s on offer for civil society organisations.

Volunteering and support

We offer a range of programmes to help build capacity within Civil Society, including volunteering, training and advice.

Team London

If you are interested in recruiting volunteers for your charity or project, Team London can help. We help more than 2,500 charities find the right people.

The Team London website can help you find volunteers from a community of more than 150,000 volunteers.

Team London Skill-Up

The Team London Skill-UP programme matches skilled business volunteers with staff from small charities.

Find out more about how to take part.

Trustee training

Team London is passionate about ensuring trustees and charity staff are properly supported in this important role.

Find out about a series of free workshops in 2018.

Data for Civil Society organisations

London Data Store

The London Data Store is a free and open data-sharing portal where anyone can access data relating to the capital.

Whether you’re a citizen, charity, business owner, researcher or developer, the site provides more than 700 datasets to help you understand the city and develop solutions to its problems. 

Explore the data store.

Crime and policing data

The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) publishes data and statistics on a range of policing and crime indicators. 

See data and statistics published by MOPAC.

Smart London

At London Tech Week in June 2017, the Mayor set out an ambition for London to become the smartest city in the world. He has asked London’s new Chief Digital Officer and the Smart London Board to secure London’s position at the forefront of innovation in smart cities and what is known as advanced urban services.

Together they are starting a Listening Exercise for a new Smart London Plan. This will result in measures for a future, inclusive London in line with mayoral strategies and the London Plan. 

Find out more about the Smart London plan.

Supporting tech and digital

The Mayor wants to see the benefits of new technology and digital opportunities shared by all Londoners.

This includes addressing digital connectivity, ensuring young people get the right skills to fill a growing number of digital, creative and technology jobs, convening tech entrepreneurs and industry-leading investors through TeachInvest and much more. 

Find out more about the Mayor’s support for Tech and Digital sectors.