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

Greener City Fund 

Applications are now open for round two of the Community Green Space Grants. 

Do you want to create or improve a green space in your neighbourhood, and improve Londoners' access to nature? Or do you want to green your school playground to protect students from air pollution? We're looking for projects across the capital that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved. 

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. 

Read more about the fund and how to apply.


London Community Energy Fund

Applications are now open for round two of the Mayor’s London Community Energy Fund.

The Mayor wants to see more communities involved in producing energy locally and helping to reduce energy use. The London Community Energy Fund, part of the Mayor’s Energy for Londoners programme, helps get community energy projects off the ground.

Round two of the funding will again offer grants of up to £15,000. This can be used to support the development stages of a wide range of community energy projects, including both clean generation and energy demand reduction. Funding could be used, for example, to carry out preliminary viability studies or develop a financial business case. We want to fund work required to get a community energy project ‘investor ready’, that means ready to be financed. 

Deadline to apply is 2nd November 2018 at 5pm.

Read more about the fund and how to apply


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. 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. 

Read more about the fund and how to apply.

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.

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.

Free digital skills training for Young Londoners

Six funded digital training courses will be on offer throughout the year - free to eligible young Londoners. 

Find out how to apply

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. 

We are now running digital datastore office hours on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Email us any question or query about London's data to [email protected] and we will respond, signpost and support you to find what you need. 

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

Contact us

If you would like further information or to contact the team, please email [email protected].