The City of Westminster Charitable Trust is opening the Community Contribution Fund to applications from schools, voluntary and community organisations to support one of the following 3 areas.

Please download the appropriate form and submit your application as a Word document to communitycontribution@westminster.gov.uk. The deadline has been extended and applications now close on Friday 31 July 2020.

1. Helping young people reach their full potential

This includes staying safe, contributing positively to their community and developing longer term skills.

Apply for up to £20,000. Trustees may award up to £25,000 for bids that they deem exceptional.

We are looking for projects where young people are helped into employment and supported to realise their potential. Projects should contribute to specific outcomes and we welcome applications that are creative and have been co-designed with young people.

Apply for funding to support young people (DOCX, 233KB)

Read the full guidelines (DOCX, 212KB)

2. Providing extra support for people sleeping rough in Westminster

Apply for up to £25,000. Trustees may award up to £30,000 for bids that they deem exceptional.

We welcome applications for innovative ideas on how to reduce rough sleeping in Westminster.

The project must fit into the following themes:

  • research and systems change: to address a gap in the understanding of how different agencies or services currently work together to support rough sleepers away from the streets. We are particularly interested in projects or research that have a focus on better understanding the unique rough sleeping challenges in Westminster. In your application you should explain what makes your project or research different to existing evidence and understanding.
  • independent Living: to help rough sleepers and former rough sleepers progress through pathways, off the streets and into accommodation.

Apply for funding to help rough sleepers (DOCX, 232KB)

Read the full guidelines (DOCX, 209KB)

3. Tackling social isolation and loneliness

  • up to £10,000 for singing and musical focused projects - trustees may award up to £15,000 for bids that they deem exceptional.
  • up to £20,000 for intergenerational focus projects - trustees may award up to £25,000 for bids they deem exceptional.
  • up to £20,000 for creative or all-inclusive projects - trustees may award up to £25,000 for bids that they deem exceptional.

We are looking for projects that tackle social isolation and loneliness through the following three categories:

  • singing and musical focused projects: focussing on music for people living with dementia, those who have mental health needs, and people with disabilities and their carers 
  • intergenerational focused projects: focussing on supporting new parents; people living with dementia and their carers, people in low income areas; and people with disabilities.
  • creative and all-inclusive projects: to help tackle social isolation and loneliness amongst people who are often difficult to engage with. Projects under this category could include those that benefit disabled, LGBT+ and non-speaking English persons.

Apply for funding to tackle social isolation (DOCX, 230KB)

Read the full guidelines (DOCX, 212KB)

Who can apply?

​​All projects must help people in Westminster only and must start within 3 months of the award being granted and be completed within 15 months of starting.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school

Successful applications 

Applications for grants are considered individually and approved by the trustees. All organisations bidding for funding will be subject to due diligence and reviewed by Westminster City Council officers.

You will receive half of the funding at the start of your project and the remainder once we have received a mid-term report on progress. 

Monitoring, reporting and evaluation

If your application is successful trustees will expect that you keep them updated about your progress of your project. It is important to the City of Westminster Charitable Trust that we know about the difference that our funding is helping to make.

Reports are an effective way for us to see if your project is on track and, if not, if there is anything we can do to help address any issues. It will also give us vital information that we can use to feedback to those who have supported the Community Contribution Fund.

We will ask you to send us an update half way through your project to let us know how things are going and then a more in-depth report at the end of the project.

Contact

If you have any other questions or want more information on whether your bid fits our criteria please email communitycontribution@westminster.gov.uk.


Last updated: 10 June 2020