London charities urged to apply for core funding worth up to £1.5m

Charities in London tackling societal inequality are urged to apply for core funding up to a maximum of £1.5m.

City Bridge Foundation’s Anchor Programme has already awarded almost £14m to second-tier charities working to make the capital a fairer place and to bring about systems change.

Now, the funder is taking expressions of interest for the second and final phase of funding, which will award around £15 million. Organisations can apply for a maximum of £1.5 million for up to 10 years.

The scheme is aimed at infrastructure organisations which support frontline charities tackling marginalisation among people with one or more protected characteristic such as race, sexuality, gender or disability.

City Bridge Foundation chairman, Giles Shilson, said: “The Anchor Programme was co-designed with civil society organisations and as far as we know is unique among funders, offering long-term core funding for far longer than is usually available.

“The grants we awarded last year are already having an impact in providing the time, space and security charities need in order to take risks and build long-term collaborations.

“We welcome applications from organisations across London which are working across the sector to address the marginalisation and discrimination that still hold back too many people in our capital city.”

Applications for expressions of interest are open until Monday, 3 June. People can find more information and apply online at

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