Through our grant making we seek to make a difference by acting as a ‘catalyst’ for change. This could be to develop a new project or improve existing services. We recognise there are social determinants of ill-health, and that for change to be sustainable, beneficiaries must be active and informed participants. We aim to:
Our area of benefit, the geographical range of our grant-making, is restricted to Greater London (within the M25 orbital motorway).
Our annual grants budget is c£300,000 divided between three grant programmes:
1. PROJECT GRANTS support new initiatives and service developments targeted at people disadvantaged as a result of long term ill-health, disability and poverty. Grants range from £1,000 to £5,000; the average in 2015 was £3,900. Occasionally our trustees will take a special interest in and consider a larger grant for projects of particular merit.
EAST LONDON TEXTILE ARTS
To work with adults with learning disabilities to create work for an exhibition and explore the possibilities of a micro business making clothes from textiles designed from motifs created by adults with learning disabilities. The project involved 35 people encouraging them to develop craft skills and explore how their skills might find a place in their local communities. It resulted in a successful exhibition, new promotional materials and an on-line presence and attracted continuation funding.
‘the grant was invaluable in enabling us to pursue our aim of developing craft work by adults with learning disabilities and explore marketing possibilities. We have been more successful, so far, in creating events, exhibitions and open days where their work can be valued, than in earning very much from it. However our little bits of income are growing and the participants seem to work with a sense of purpose which the series of deadlines creates for them. They are pleased to see their work and pleased when it sells.’
AGE EXCHANGE: SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH YOUNG-ONSET DEMENTIA
(£4,000: Greenwich/SE London)
The Kaleidoscope Café provides an activity-based group for those who are under 65 and living with young–onset dementia alongside supporting family, friends or staff carers. There is a strong emphasis on sharing experiences, peer to peer support and seeking coping strategies within a light-hearted atmosphere of undertaking arts activities chosen by the group members. Projects have included animation, portraiture, printing, clay work and crafts. People are supported to engage more in the wider community through volunteering and other initiatives helping people to feel less isolated, de-skilled and adrift as a result of their dementia; increasing involvement, sense of purpose and self-esteem.
SOUTH LONDON CARES: WINTER WELLBEING PROJECT
(£3,000: Lambeth & Southwark)
South London Cares and its sister charity North London Cares are community networks of young professionals and older neighbours, hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing capital city. Volunteers offer time, practical help and companionship. The Winter Wellbeing team knocked on doors to speak about staying warm, healthy, and active and connected with 1,175 older neighbours; 360 people received follow up help as a result.
2. SAMARITAN GRANTS: a hardship fund which we make available to frontline health, social work and advice agencies to offer immediate assistance to people in an emergency. The partner agency distributes small one-off grants on our behalf; the average size of a hardship grant is £16, and 70% of all grants are for food and travel.
ST JOHN’S HOSPICE
‘Following the death of her mother it was clear that her daughter had longstanding mental health problems but was deemed fit for work and her benefits stopped. Welfare cuts and benefit issues following bereavement are causing major problems’
C has been sleeping rough for several years. He is mistrustful of most homelessness organisations and has chosen not to claim benefits in order to maintain his sobriety. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has decided not to undergo treatment despite our many discussions. We have been able to provide shoes and other clothing and fares to enable him to seek reconciliation with family members.
Application forms and guidance
To apply for a grant use our online application form; you can save and return to the application at any time.
Before applying look at the frequently asked questions (FAQs) which include an example of a project application. If you need help with the application form give the office a call.
The dates of our upcoming Grants Scrutiny Committee meetings are:
- 30th November 2017 (replaces 16th November meeting)
- 6th February 2018
- 9th May 2018
- 4th September 2018
- 13th November 2018
Grant applications must be received at least four weeks before these dates.
- Please refer to the guidance for applicants and have a look at the frequently asked questions (FAQs) above before you apply.
- Take a look at our Annual Report which provides more details our recent grant making.
- If in doubt give the office a call.
- If you are seeking a one-off grant for an individual www.turn2us.org.uk (This is a separate charity)
More advice for applicants
You might like to visit the following websites for more advice and information on funding and support for charities:
- LVSC – for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in London
- NCVO – research, resources and training for the voluntary sector
- Funding Central – for funding and finance opportunities
- Institute of Health Equity – to understand the social determinants of health
- Trust for London – for the authoritative Poverty Profile
- Full Fact – an independent, non-partisan, fact-checking charity
The websites of the larger grant makers are also excellent sources of good practice and guidance, including:
All successful grantees will be expected to complete a monitoring report. Further details will be provided at the time of the award.
The London Living Wage
London Catalyst supports the London Living Wage, a London weighted minimum wage, which takes into account the higher living costs of London. The figure currently stands at £10.20 per hour; significantly above the National Minimum Wage. We would expect to see this reflected in your budget. For more information visit: www.livingwage.org.uk