WaCoCo promotes the social and economic wellbeing of the people Waterloo by supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of local community and voluntary organisations through drawing in funding, encouraging local partnerships and networks, and increasing their voice on local issues.

Funding Opportunities

Garfield Weston Foundation - Regular Grant Programme


The types of grant this Foundation makes, whatever their size, tend to fall into one of three categories – Capital, Revenue (often called ‘core costs’) and Project work.  

This Foundation has a long history of supporting groups and projects which promote social cohesion and community development.

No deadlines - Trustees meet regularly and consider applications throughout the year
Grant value:
Up to £100,000
How to apply:

Peabody Community Fund


Grants are available for activities which improve the quality of life of Peabody residents by supporting local activities that are responding to identified community need, bring communities together and promote wellbeing

The Fund is able to support activities benefitting residents of all ages and priority will be given to:

- Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
- Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
- Youth-led projects up to the age of 24

Note: Activities must demonstrate that the beneficiaries will be Peabody residents. To find out where Peabody estates are near you, please refer to the Peabody website.

Wednesday 21 March 2018 by 12 noon. Applicants will hear the outcome by the start of June 2018
Grant value:
£500 - £5,000
How to apply:

Cockayne Grants for the Arts


Grants are available for arts projects in London that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theatre) literary, or visual arts.

Tue 19 December 2017 - noon
Grant value:
£1,000 to £25,000

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme


Capital grants are available to small and medium-sized charities in the UK working to assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community.  Awards are made three times per year.

Fri 15 December 2017
Grant value:
Up to £5,000

MOPAC Community Seed Fund (Knife Crime)


The Mayoral Knife Crime Strategy has committed to providing new funding to support grass-roots community groups involved in protecting young people and ridding our communities of violence.

MOPAC has made £250,000 available in 2017/18 to fund activities from voluntary and community groups/providers. 

The MOPAC Community Seed Fund will only be available for one year.

The objectives of the Fund align with the commitments stated within the Mayors Knife Crime Strategy which include:

- Supporting communities in London disproportionately affected by knife crime to respond better to their needs and issues
- Building a better understanding of the impact of grass roots services on accessing and supporting young people affected by knife crime
- Providing relevant diversionary and support services for young people engaged in knife crime in London
- Supporting small organisations in start-up and development of services and developing and growing their contacts to build more sustainable delivery models.

Applications are open for new and existing prevention and intervention work and can include core, staff, volunteer, operational, activity and publicity costs.

5pm - Thursday 21 December 2017
Grant value:
Up to £50,000
How to apply:

See application form and further details at www.londoncf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/lambeth.aspx

Affinity Sutton Ready2Work Grants


Affinity Sutton - a major provider of social housing - is committed to helping Lambeth residents access training, employment and further opportunities. It runs a number of grant programmes, including:

1. Re:work

This programme helps unemployed residents to access vocational work placement opportunities or paid employment.

Applicants must be registered with an Employment Support Officer from Affinity Sutton to access this grant.

2. Re:Train

This programme enables residents to apply for a grant to help them access training courses of their choice that lead to them accessing further training and employment opportunities.

Would-be applicants should contact their Affinity Sutton Employment Support Officer (ESO) before starting an application. 

n/a - applications are considered at regular intervals
Grant value:
Up to £1,000, depending on the scheme applied for

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund


Museums and galleries in the UK can apply now for funding for 2018 to support high-quality projects which use their collections for a social purpose.

Run by the Museums Association, the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund focuses on time-limited work on collections which has clear social benefit, outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

Over a three year period, the Fund is awarding £3.5 million to collections projects that show the inspiring and engaging potential of collections to deliver social impact for people and communities, innovating for the sector or at least for their organisation.

The Fund is looking for high quality projects that:

Work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use, and
Through that collections work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.

To be successful, projects will need to:

Engage local communities and/or those who are not typical museum attendees, and think about social impact.
Be developmental for the organisation or sector.
Think about the project's legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

A large number of collections activities are eligible for funding, including but not limited to: co-curation, engagement, research, digitisation, loans, conservation, and exhibition costs.

There are two application rounds per year. Each round has a two-stage application process.

The deadline for first stage applications is 28 February 2018.

28 February 2018
Grant value:
£20,000 - £120,000
How to apply:

Follow this link to page on Museums Association website -www.museumsassociation.org/collections/18022011-esmee-fairbairn-collecti... Application pack available there for download.

Tesco Bags of Help - Community Funding Scheme


The money raised by the 10p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund a large number of projects that support community projects that benefit the local community.

Following a public vote, three projects in each Tesco region will now receive an award every two months, with first place receiving up to £4,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Bags of Help is now permanently open for applications, but the sooner you apply, the sooner you could be awarded funding!

Administration of the local funding is managed by Groundwork, the community charity "with a green heart".  Groundwork specialises in trying to transform communities and the local environment for the better.

Applications are invited from a wide range of voluntary or community organisations: these include registered charities, schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), social housing providers, conservation organisations and sports clubs.  This list is not exhaustive and there are many other types of organisations that may be funded.

All projects that benefit the local community are eligible to apply for funding. A massive range of community projects may get the green light – these range from improving community buildings indoor and outdoor spaces to buying new kit or equipment, training coaches or volunteers, hosting community events, capital and revenue projects.

no deadline - awards made every two months
Grant value:
From below £1,000 - £4,000

Government-funded Knife Crime Community Fund


Grants are available to voluntary and community sector groups for community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

31 October 2017
Grant value:
Up to £200,000. No minimum stated
How to apply:

There is no standard application form. Groups should respond by writing up to a maximum of four pages and submit their bids by email to Knife.Community.Fund@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

The Home Office expects to notify grant recipients by the end of November and transfer the funds in December 2017.

Contact the Tackling Crime Unit for further information.

London Community Foundation – The Lambeth Community Fund


Grants are available to locally based community groups, charities and other organisations in Lambeth for projects which improve the wellbeing and quality of life of Lambeth residents.

17 November 2017 - 5pm
Grant value:
£500 - £10,000