City Bridge Trust

Funding priority

Their vision is for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive.

Their mission is to reduce inequality and grow stronger, more resilient and thriving communities for a London that serves everyone. They focus on:

  • Inclusion and representation
  • Care for the environment
  • Early action
  • Collaborative working with Londoners, communities and all sectors
  • Being adaptive, creative and purposeful

They currently have 3 funding streams: Connecting the Capital, Positive Transitions, Advice and Support.

Applications from LGBT+ organisations are encouraged.


Applications are accepted throughout the year

Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

Usually, organisations are expected to have a demonstrable track record in the work they do, and be able to provide audited/examined accounts for at least one year which comply with the relevant regulatory body.


Grants will not usually be given to:
work where there is statutory responsibility to provide funding;
organisations seeking funding to directly replace cuts by statutory bodies, except where that funding was explicitly time-limited and for a discretionary purpose;
organisations seeking funding to top up on under-priced contracts;
work where there is significant public funding available, including funding from sports governing bodies.
residential care services or facilities
work in schools

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

They give grants for either running (revenue) costs or capital costs (not both). Revenue grants can be for up to five years and applications for core funding are encouraged.

They have no minimum or maximum revenue grant on our main Bridging Divides programmes.

The Connecting the Capital programme includes a Small grants scheme for which the maximum grant is £10,000.

A grant from the Trust cannot amount to more than 50% of an organisation’s turnover / income in any one year.

Requests for salary costs: it is the Trust’s usual practice to award salary costs at a level of no more than one full-time equivalent post.

Capital grants for access improvements will be for a maximum amount of £100,000 and will only be considered for improvements to existing community buildings (ie not new-build developments).

You may have to wait 6-9 months for a response, so apply well in advance of when you require the funding.

Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  3. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

To apply for a City Bridge Trust Bridging Divides grant you need to complete an online application form and submit this with your supporting documents to the Trust. Details of how to do this and what documents to include are given on their website. Ensure you read all of the guidance before you apply.

Contact Details


City of London
PO Box 270


Telephone Number

020 7332 3710


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