Team London Small Grants

This year, our Small Grants will support volunteering projects that help people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. These Londoners are sometimes referred through social prescribing to small charities and voluntary sector organisations. The grants will help to develop the grantees’ ability to engage sustainably with social prescribing.

Social problems such as loneliness, housing, employability and debt can affect both physical and mental health and wellbeing. Around one in five visits to the GP are for non-clinical reasons. Social prescribing can help address these root causes and help patients improve their health.

Although social prescribing is currently available in many areas of London, provision is variable. The Mayor is seeking to support the growth of social prescribing through his London Health Inequalities Strategy. His ambition is to help more Londoners in vulnerable or deprived communities improve their health and well-being through social prescribing.


This year’s Team London Small Grants will fund projects that:

  • Help people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation, for whatever reason, who have been referred to a local voluntary sector organisation through social prescribing
  • Support small organisations that are established and experienced in delivering support to their local community to help address loneliness and social isolation issues
  • Support small organisations that are yet to connect to their local social prescribing networks or are already connected to social prescribing and will use the grant to add value to the work they are already doing
  • Help to develop the organisation’s capacity to engage sustainably with the social prescribing model and develop new ways of working
  • Recruit and support volunteers to deliver the project

These small grants will provide a source of income for smaller organisations (annual turnover under £500,000) to meet local needs which may not meet the criteria for larger-scale funding.

Please read our Supporting Guidance Document for more information about the grants as well as guidance for questions within the application. To begin your application and apply for a grant please click below.

Deadline for applications is 13 September 2019.

Application Questions 2019/20

1) Information about you and your organisation*

  • Name of organisation (for joint applications - input name of lead organisation who will be accountable for the grant)*
  • When was your organisation established?*
  • Name of any other partner organisations in your project (N/A if not applicable)
  • Main contact name*
  • Mobile number of main contact*
  • Job title of main contact*
  • Postal address (excluding borough and postcode)*
  • Postcode*
  • Borough*
  • Registered charity number (N/A if not applicable)
  • VAT number (N/A if not applicable)
  • How many paid staff do you have in the organisation (i.e. full-time equivalent)?*
  • How many volunteers has your organisation worked with in the past year?*
  • How many volunteering hours (approximately) does this represent?*
  • How many beneficiaries has your organisation supported in the past year?*

2) Please consider the following statements and answer yes or no. (Projects must answer YES to all questions to be eligible)*  

  • The activity is confined to the Greater London area and predominantly targets volunteers who are London residents.  
  • My organisation has a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum. 
  • This application is seeking grant funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 over a one year period.    
  • The activity will be delivered between January 2020 and December 2020  
  • My organisation has a bank account, with two separate signatories, (registered in the name of the applicant organisation) into which the grant can be paid.   
  • My project will help Londoners that are referred via social prescribing to address loneliness and social isolation. 
  • At least 25% of participants will be new to volunteering (not taken part in volunteering in the past 12 months).   
  • My organisation is registered on the Team London website (this is so we can identify organisations who are already working with us – it is not a condition of applying).  
  • My organisation is posting opportunities on the Team London website or will advertise opportunities on the Team London website on receipt of a grant.

3) Can you supply the following documentation upon request? (Newly-formed organisations should have a statement of the current turnover, profit and loss and cash flow position if they are unable to provide other documentation).*

  • The most recent audited accounts or a statement of turnover, profit & loss/income & expenditure and cash flow position for the most recent full year of operations where this information is not available in audited form. 
  • Public liability and employer’s liability insurance policies.
  • Appropriate security clearance checks, or other clearance that may be required by the volunteer to successfully participate in the published opportunity. 
  • Child and/or adult safeguarding measures that are relevant for your project and compliant with current legislation and statutory guidance. 
  • Health and safety policy or equivalent. 
  • Equality and diversity policy or equivalent.
  • Organisation’s governing document (i.e. Articles of Association or your constitution).

4) Your involvement with Team London / the GLA.*

  • Are you already in receipt of funding from the GLA – either as the lead organisation, or as a partner in the delivery of a project or particular activity? 
  • Are you related to, or have you had any contact relating to this application with any GLA staff member(s)? This does not stop you receiving a grant. 

About your project 50%

5) Title of your project*

6) A summary of your project.*

7) More information about your project: How will your project make a difference to people experiencing loneliness and social isolation in London? 15%*

8) How does/will your project connect to social prescribing? Please give a summary of your current/proposed model, the connections you have made, and how you receive/will receive referrals.
If you are new to being part of a social prescribing model, please include any evidence of key discussions held, e.g. e-mails. 10%*

9) Why is this project needed? 5%*

10) What other service provision is provided in your area and how will your project relate to this? 5%*

11) What is the location of your project?  Please include all sites where your projects take place, even if these are public spaces or facilities run  by other service providers, eg. community centres and libraries. 5%*

12) How will you ensure that adult or child safeguarding is integral when implementing your project? How does this fit with your organisation’s adult or child safety protection policy and procedures? 5%*

13) How do you plan to make your project a sustainable part of the social prescribing approach to health and wellbeing? 5%*

14) Which borough(s) are you currently operating in? Will you deliver your project in other boroughs?
About your capacity 20%

15) What is the mission of your organisation? Who are your main beneficiaries? 5%*

16) Please tell us about your team’s skills and experience relating to working with your chosen project target groups. Is the team made up of paid staff, volunteers or both?

  • If you are an established organisation: What other projects has your organisation delivered successfully in the past? Please identify the outcomes that resulted from this work which are relevant to this application.
  • If you are a new organisation: What other relevant projects has your team delivered successfully in the past? Please describe the outcomes and how these are relevant to this application. 10%*

17) How will you recruit new volunteers to your project? How will you approach any potential challenges of volunteer recruitment and their continued participation in your project? 5%*

Outputs and Outcomes 25%

18) How many beneficiaries will you be supporting with this project? (An approximation is fine.)*

19) How many volunteers will you work with on this project? How many of them will be new to your organisation? How many will be new to volunteering?*

20) How many of your additional beneficiaries and volunteers will you be aiming to keep involved with your organisation and how will you do this? *

21) What other outputs will you monitor for your project (in addition to our standardised outputs provided)? 
How will you measure these?*

22) What other outcomes will you monitor for your project (in addition to our standardised outcomes provided)? 
How will you measure these?*

23) How will your project impact on loneliness and social isolation? How do you hope to summarise its success at the end of the 12 months?*

24) What mechanisms will you use to track the progress of your project? How will you keep us updated of progress and/or challenges and ensure that we work in partnership to react to lessons learnt and reshape project delivery accordingly?*

Project Budget & Risk Assessment 5%

25) How much will your project cost?* Value to nearest £  

  • Additional information
  • What is the total cost of the project?
  • How much are you requesting? (this must be between £5,000 and £10,000).   

26) Please provide enough detail to show how you would spend the grant and to ensure that an assessor can see how the budget will be used.* Value to nearest the nearest £.

  • Expenditure funded from other sources
  • Source
  • Staff costs (i.e. salaries plus on costs, travel expenses to grant network meetings and/or events at City Hall)   
  • Overheads (rent, utilities, marketing materials, venue & equipment hire)   
  • Volunteer expenses (recruitment, training, travel expenses)    
  • Equipment purchased    
  • Value in kind support e.g. volunteer time, materials, rooms. Rooms given free of charge etc   
  • Funding from other sources/funders   

27) What are the delivery risks for your project? List any risks and any action you will take to address them. 5%

Equalities Profiling

28) This information is used to monitor the different backgrounds grant applicants and recipients. This information is not part of the assessment. We define BAME-led as at least 51% of the senior managers, management committee, board, governing body or council are BAME. The same percentage is used to define disabled-led and LGBT-led organisations. *

  • Is your organisation BAME-led?
  • Is your organisation disabled-led? 
  • Is your organisation lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-led?
  • What percentage of your organisation’s senior staff/ board/ trustees are women?   
  • What percentage of your organisation’s senior staff/ board/ trustees are men ?   

Data protection and freedom of information

30) Email address*

31) How did you hear about these grants?*

Market warming event

We held a market warming event on 1 August 2019 at City Hall. You can see the presentation slides from this event below.

 Thursday 1 August 2019  Register is closed.

Message from Mayoral Health Advisor

Dr.Tom Coffey OBE, Mayoral Health Advisor
As the Mayor's Health Advisor and a Tooting GP, I know that social prescribing can be a very valuable way of supporting people to address social and medical issues they may have, including being lonely or isolated within their local community.

Increasing access to social prescribing is one of the Mayor’s key ambitions within his London Health Inequalities Strategy. We want to ensure that every Londoner who could benefit is able to have access to a wide variety of voluntary sector activities within their community.  Social prescribing cannot thrive without the services you deliver, and we want to make sure that your work is recognised, and you have opportunities to develop sustainable connections with social prescribing.

This Team London small grant programme aims to help small organisations like yourselves engage with social prescribing whilst supporting people for whom loneliness and isolation is an issue. Good luck with your application.

Tom Coffey
Mayoral Health Advisor

2018 Small Grants Recipients

These grants will help run volunteering projects that bring Londoners together and lead to improvements in social integration. 

Abbey Community Centre

Abbey's Saturday Community Café Foods of the World cooking sessions will be a weekly community café that uses food surplus donated by a local charity, providing fresh, healthy, low-cost meals from around the world to local people. Volunteers will cook and share dishes from their countries and bring in new younger volunteers and older people whose mother tongue is not English


Connect for Democracy will see 20 volunteers with experience of participation in democracy from public, private and third sectors, working with 20 autistic young people to increase their knowledge and understanding of democracy. The young people will then create multi-media learning resources to share information about local democratic process with neurotypical young people from across South London as part of a roadshow. The project brings autistic people (well-known to struggle with social interaction and largely socially isolated) into contact with people who are different from themselves, in a way that appeals to their strengths, and helps other people to understand their needs and condition better. 

Doorstep Library Network

Volunteer Readers will spend time reading with pre and primary school children living in deprived housing estates and who are at risk of underachievement. Volunteers will visit the family home on a weekly basis, read with the children and build trust with the parents. Volunteers tend to live off the estates and come from different socio-economic backgrounds than the families.   

Faiths Forum for London

Young people aged 13-18 from faith communities in six London boroughs who want to help improve the local Green environment, are matched with a volunteer aged 60+ from a different faith background who are willing to pass on their gardening skills and enthusiasm to a new generation

Hoxton Health  

Volunteers will provide support to service users, who due to mental health frailty or disability, need extra time or support. Volunteers come from a wide range of groups, including people with mental health issues, younger people wanting work experience, older people that have just retired and carers that want to be more involved in their community. Service users also come from a range of backgrounds. This project is to establish a Volunteer Coordinator role to enable the volunteer support to grow.

Lewisham Refugee Welcome Team 

They will set up a group of volunteers to become an organisation so that they can join Citizens UK. The group of volunteers have already worked together to help to resettle 15 refugee families in Lewisham, and the Mayor has now committed to bring in 100 more families in 5 years. By becoming a formal group and joining Citizens UK, they will be able to increase the numbers and types of volunteers they can work with, establish a leadership team and fundraise, enabling them to have greater impact on the resettlement of refugees.

Seeds for Growth 

Volunteers from across the Isle of Dogs will improve and maintain front gardens for the elderly tenants and residents who are no longer able to garden for themselves mixing people from different backgrounds. They will also construct a new garden for the community on wasteland located behind one of the housing blocks providing a place for community interaction.

St Francis at the Engine Room   

Bringing together young people at risk of serious youth violence with newly arrived to the area professional people to share skills and work together, a programme supporting the young people and building their skills, including a focus on employability.

The Bike Project    

Volunteers pair with refugees and asylum seekers to undertake cycling trips together, aimed at building confidence and knowledge of road cycling, reducing isolation, improving wellbeing and encouraging social integration and greater independence. 60 volunteers and a minimum of 60 beneficiaries.

The Hebe Foundation    

Corporate professional volunteers provide dragons den afternoons in their offices and deliver workshops based on core business and employment skills for low income/disadvantaged youth from across London.

The New Cross Gate Trust  

Holding a conversation café where ESOL students can practice their English with socially isolated local residents in a culturally diverse neighbourhood.

2017 Small Grants Recipients (in partnership with Thrive LDN)

In partnership with Thrive LDN and the #iWill Fund, these grants helped fund voluntary sector organisations to run projects which encouraged young Londoners to volunteer or take part in social action.

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)
Up skilling young volunteers to act as peer supporters for participants at Saturday School and volunteering at other projects such as the Helping Hands Food Bank. 

Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Exchange
Engaging young people with Afro-Brazilian martial arts or music and dance and training the young people to volunteer and help run sessions for younger peers. 

Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) 
Enabling refugee and asylum seeking young people to create benches and planters for community spaces, and run workshops and events to create a more welcoming environment for the most vulnerable residents in the community. 

Dagenham Bangladeshi Women & Children’s Association 
This project will upskill NEET young people to deliver an intergenerational horticultural project and train as peer mentors. 

An intergenerational music making project bringing together older people, many with dementia, and young volunteers.  

Let's Go Outside and Learn CIC
A project working with young carers to develop a campaign around parks and open spaces, which will include young people led research, developing resources for park users and allowing the young people to report back on their findings. 

Lewisham Youth Theatre
A project enabling Young Ambassadors to join the Lewisham Youth Theatre Members Committee and make decisions on youth theatre activities and assist on planning projects.

Partnership for Young London
A project training young people aged 12 - 20 in care or leaving care in peer research skills to raise awareness of key issues faced by young people (education, money and budgeting, accommodation). 

Rio Ferdinand Foundation
Recruiting young people as peer leaders who will learn skills such as project management, budgeting and community development whilst leading grass roots community projects in areas of sports, arts and media. 

Somali Advice and Forum of Information (SAAFI)
Somali young people at risk of exclusion will take part in group workshops whilst receiving one on one mentoring from Somali university students. They will then take up volunteer placements in their local community.

Stonewall Housing
Developing a team of young volunteer ambassadors who have or are experiencing homelessness as a result of their sexual identity.  

The Avenues Youth Project
Young people will be trained as peer mentors and work with youth workers to support their younger peers, as well as attending training workshops on topics such as safeguarding, mental health first aid and mentoring methods. 

Westminster House Youth Club
A project providing support for targeted young people who have not been previously involved in volunteering attending the Westminster House Youth Club. This project will encourage them to become involved in activities such as First Aid Training, Fire Safety Courses and the Vulnerable People’s Food Parcel Programme. 

Young Roots
Establishing a Youth Leadership Group for young refugees to engage a further 150 young people in volunteering and social change. Young people will be up skilled during learning weekends away from home, where they will take part in leadership and campaigning workshops.

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2016 Small Grants Recipients

These grants supported older people to connect with their local community through volunteering.

Cara Trust

The Cara Trust recruited 10 people aged 59+ with HIV as volunteers, to provide peer and/or buddy services to elderly and/or frail people with HIV. 

Entelechy Arts (Meet Me at the Albany)

The project launched a volunteer-led befriending programme to support isolated older people to connect with or re-engage with their local community and activities. 

Holborn Community Association – Digital Wisdom

The project recruited volunteers to deliver IT classes and one-to- one IT support sessions to older members of the community. Some of these were Bengali/Sylheti speakers, reflecting the aim of attracting older members of the local BAME and primarily Bangladeshi community to access the older people’s services.

Hounslow Action for Youth

The project recruited 40 newly retired people to provide one-to-one support for 40 young people. They engaged the young people in beekeeping and creating multi-purpose products from the harvested honey and beeswax, packaged and gifted to older people attending a weekly Age Concern drop-in. 

Jewish Volunteer Network

The project promoted volunteering among over 55s by creating a workforce of volunteers who became befrienders, supporting the elderly and others with chronic ailments, to combat isolation and loneliness. 

London Bubble Theatre Company

A volunteering scheme was developed aimed at people entering retirement, inviting them to support older people’s engagement in an intergenerational project called Primary. 200 volunteers, half aged 59-69, were offered training in oral history interviewing and supported to make links with at least 80 older people. Volunteers gathered testimony, supported attendance at rehearsals and performances and enabled older people to get to know the cast.

Merton Home Tutoring Service

Merton Home Tutoring Service taught English at home to people in Wandsworth who cannot attend formal classes either because of childcare commitments or because their English is below the entry level required to start college. Volunteer tutors were recruited and trained to work one-to-one with the learners.

ODL Volunteer Support

Opening Doors London increased the number of volunteers recruited to support older LGBT* people, supporting these volunteers through regular volunteer forum meetings, managing and promoting training opportunities and co-ordinating the placement of volunteers across London.

Southall Community Alliance

Southall Community Alliance worked with a voluntary sector consortium with 5 small groups to recruit and train 100+ BAME residents as Health Ambassadors. There were around five training sessions to recruit older ambassadors who advised other older people to local health and social care services that they were previously unaware of or unable to access themselves. 

St. Mary’s Secret Garden

St Mary’s Secret Garden provided weekly community gardening sessions for older adults in Hackney to support and develop the local environment. The majority of these gardening volunteers had learning disabilities. 

Third Age Project 

The project recruited older people to take on new volunteering roles, utilising their skills to support the charity to be able to demonstrate that it has a major beneficial impact on the lives of many isolated and hard to reach elderly residents within a diverse deprived neighbourhood.

Walworth Golden Oldies

Walworth Golden Oldies Community Care Project worked for 7 hours a week across 40 weeks by recruiting a volunteer coordinator, who recruited and supervised a team of 20 specially recruited retired volunteers to provide chairside support once a week, helping 60 older people to access online services.

2015 Small Grants Recipients

The grants funded local initiatives which helped increase group volunteering and provided more speed volunteering opportunities.

Selby Trust 

Provided more speed and group volunteering roles around environmental and sustainable projects at their Tottenham site.


Provided volunteering opportunities in an innovative media project for young people helping them to voice their opinions of global issues.

Bee Urban 

Engaged expert volunteers in environmental issues to share their experience with local communities.

Sutton Community Farm 

Developed more group volunteering roles that helped them to further develop this 7 acre small holding to grow even more produce and teach growing and horticultural skills.

Wise Thoughts 

Recruited even more volunteers to ensure that the LGBT events throughout the year had even more impact and attracted more visitors.

Cordwainers Grow 

Provided volunteer-led activity sessions in the Hackney community which ranged from hands-on planting and growing sessions to wider skills of marketing and social media around local projects.

Big Dance 2016 

People Dancing – this project recruited and trained hundred of volunteers to help deliver the Big Dance 2016 across the capital.


Recruited more volunteers in more boroughs across London to get fit and do good at the same time by running to community projects, helping out, then running back again.

Brixton People’s Kitchen 

Using surplus food from local green grocers and markets, this project recruited and trained more volunteers to help run their mobile kitchen that dispenses free meals in Brixton.

Create London 

This innovative project worked alongside young volunteers in Dagenham & Barking and the surrounding areas, picking fruit and producing a marketable branded drink. Young volunteers took part in every part of the production process from fruit picking to workshops on marketing.

The Maypole Project 

Recruited volunteers to give 121 support to their children on sporting activity trips.

Sufra NW London 

Transformed a piece of derelict ground on an inner city estate with volunteers from every section of the local community, to create a food growing garden.

Haringey Mencap 

The Give Project offered short volunteering roles to support their vulnerable clients in a range of exciting new activities.

Delete Blood Cancer UK

This project created a number of information hubs in various London boroughs, manned by specially trained volunteers, to raise awareness of the disease and provide information and signposting.

Providence Row 

Created more volunteer roles for businesses, to up-skill their clients and share knowledge and experience in a range of activities.

Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea 

Recruited a range of volunteers from the local community to meet and greet visitors to Portobello and Goldbourne Road markets.

Deen City Farm 

Recruited more local volunteers from both business and community, to help maintain this inspiring five-acre farm which also offers food growing, classroom studies, and therapeutic services including a riding school.

2014 Small Grants Recipients

The grants funded local initiatives which help volunteering amongst young people and other groups who may face difficulty in finding suitable opportunities.


Trained unemployed young people to create affordable meals and help run the Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow.

Green Corridor 

Engaged young volunteers (14-25) to turn an allotment at the heart of Heathrow Airport, into a thriving wildlife space for the local community.


Matched business mentors with young people 16-24 who have been in care.

The Maypole Project 

Recruited volunteers to support young people with complex illnesses to engage in sporting activities.

The Hebe Foundation 

A business and leadership project which used peer volunteers aged 17 and adults to teach a wide range of transferable skills including marketing, pitching, buying and selling to 14-19-year-olds.


Trained volunteers to be 'London Health Ambassadors' and share important health messages within hard-to-reach communities.

Sutton Community Farm 

Farm based buddying scheme which taught and mentored young volunteers, some of whom have learning difficulties or other disabilities, about managing a farm and working with others.

Wide Horizons 

Supported volunteers to transform a five-acre area in South London into well-managed woodland.

Project Dirt 

Enabled Team London volunteers to access a wider range of small locally based community projects.


Matched Civic Crowdfunding community projects with volunteers.

2013 Small Grants Recipients

These grants funded local initiatives which demonstrated innovation through technology, or new ways of working, and encouraged volunteering. 

Action Tutoring - Tutoring project

Capital Growth - Community greening

The Conservation Volunteers - Green gyms project

Envision - Community apprentice scheme

The Hackney Pirates - Literacy project

London Sport

Selfless - Online university recruitment platform

TimeBank - One-to-one mentoring

Trees for Cities - Edible playgrounds project

Wheels for Wellbeing - Cycling lessons for the disabled

Team London Small Grants 2019

Published: 07 August 2019

The slides from our market warming event are above for the 2019/20 Small Grants are above, you can also download these slides at the bottom of this page.

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