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London Catalyst statement on the Coronavirus

This is a very difficult time for all and a challenging one for charities working with vulnerable people. London Catalyst supports the London Funders collaboration and the Association of Charitable Foundations has produced a useful resource for voluntary sector groups. For financial support during the current crisis we would encourage organisations to look at London Community Response

Our trustees have agreed that grantees, if unable to deliver the funded project, can use the grant to assist any aspect of their charitable work. If you would like to discuss any related matters, or you are a Samaritan grant holder experiencing an increased demand, or an agency that could disburse individual hardship grants, please contact


London Catalyst is an independent grant-making trust. We provide funding for charities and not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects and improve services. Our aims are twofold: to alleviate the effects of poverty, and to improve the health and well-being of Londoners, in particular people with mental and physical illness, long term health conditions and/or disabilities.

‘The Charity is established to relieve poverty, sickness, disability and infirmity among persons resident in the area bounded by the M25 London Orbital Motorway… by supporting and working with other charitable organisations… and by providing grants to assist individuals and organisations for the aforementioned purposes.’

Since 1873 we have held an annual ‘Hospital-Sunday’ Appeal to raise funds to provide food, clothing and other basic items to people leaving hospital and those living in the community who are destitute and coping with chronic ill-health. The money we raise through the appeal supports our Samaritan grants. You can support our appeal by clicking on the ‘donate’ button above.

‘A client was helped with travel to attend an interview that led to employment and secured housing for him and his girlfriend, both formerly homeless. A small grant at the right time made a huge difference to their lives’.

‘Poverty and money management issues are commonplace. ‘T’ , who was helped with a top-up for his electricity key, is schizophrenic. He has gambling and substance addictions, receives £342 each month of which £212 is taken directly to pay debts.’

Working With Others

We are interested in working with other grant-makers where we share a common interest. In recent years, in partnership with the Church Urban Fund, we established a joint programme to encourage faith groups and health agencies to work together on social action projects. In 2015 we began an exciting new partnership with the Hospital Saturday Fund see our ‘Grants’ page for more details. Working together benefits us all, extending our reach and adding value to our grant-making. If you are interested in collaborative funding you are welcome to contact us to discuss how we might work together.


London Catalyst is privileged to have Her Majesty the Queen as our Patron. In 2016, staff, trustees and volunteers joined in ‘The Patron’s Lunch’ to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and her patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations in the UK and across the Commonwealth. We are delighted to have received a gift of £2,500 from the Patron’s Lunch Fund towards our Samaritan grants, helping us to help more people in crisis across the capital.

The Sundial Centre

In partnership with Peabody and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the charity helped establish the award winning Sundial Centre in Bethnal Green, a day care and resource centre for older people and carers. The Sundial Centre is at the forefront of the provision of community based health and social care for older people and provides a health living resource centre for all. Click here to find out more.

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