Where do you work?
Our area of benefit is the eight wards in the north of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham: College Park and Old Oak; Wormholt and White City; Shepherds Bush Green; Askew; Ravenscourt Park; Hammersmith Broadway; Addison; Avonmore and Brook Green.
Your application should be for work taking place in or near this area and must benefit residents from the area. If the project works with people from a wider area then we may fund the proportion of it which benefits our residents. Your organisation does not necessarily need to be based in the area, but we need to have confidence that you will be able to reach our residents.
What do you fund?
Your project can be one-off or ongoing, but we’re most interested in the difference you will make to local people. It should support one of our priority areas:
- Meeting basic needs (food, shelter, advice etc)
- Work with families and children (supporting parents, education, play, transition points, vulnerable children)
- Countering isolation (in any group and for any reason)
- Building confident individuals and communities)
- Covid-19 response and recovery (additional staffing, connectivity, mental health and community resilience).
We are particularly keen to fund smaller, local organisations with a very strong connection to their beneficiaries and a good knowledge of the local area.
We’re happy to contribute to funding for your core costs if you can demonstrate the benefit to local people.
What don’t you fund?
- Promotes religion or a specific political cause
- Only helps people who do not live in the AOB
- Is primarily for the benefit of animals or the environment rather than for people
- Benefits people who are not experiencing ‘need’ of some kind
How much do you give?
There is no minimum amount. The median amount is around £7,500 and we never give more than £20,000. We are happy to be part of a consortium of funders.
How long do you fund for?
We do not make grants for longer than a year to start with, but we will fund again for another year or two. We are unlikely to fund for longer than three years.
What do you expect from us?
We like to visit where we can both before we make a grant and while the grant is being put to use. If we make a grant of over £7,000, we will expect one or more interim reports. In every case, we will expect a final report telling us how the project went, what difference you think you made and how you spent the money.
When do you make grants?
We make grants in October, January and May. View our current deadline here.
Can I apply?
We are open to applications from a wide range of organisations, as long as they are not for profit. We will also consider applications from schools for work which is not part of the normal curriculum and where the school can show that children experiencing some kind of disadvantage will benefit.
You do not need to be a registered charity but you do need to be a constituted organisation (for example, a community interest company), some kind of management committee and an organisation bank account requiring at least two independent signatures.