London’s biggest charitable funder launches new consultation and research project

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, is launching a wide-ranging consultation and research project to develop its next funding strategy aimed at tackling disadvantage in London.

The Strategic Review, which is conducted every five years, will analyse the current needs of Londoners and develop a strategy to address some of the most significant inequalities that exist across the capital from homelessness to employment support.

The project will include a data review of disadvantage in London and a comprehensive consultation with organisations across the community and voluntary, statutory and private sectors.

The review will be completed by summer 2017 with the website providing regular updates on the project.

David Farnsworth, Director of City Bridge Trust said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to engage with our partners across the capital to help ensure that London is a city where everyone can thrive.

“It will be a collaborative, consultative and transparent process. We look forward to working together to develop a bold and ambitious funding strategy that really rises to the challenges and opportunities that exist within London.”

City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

It has awarded over 7,300 grants totalling more than £344,000,000 to organisations across the capital between since 1995.

It helps achieve the City of London Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

Notes for Editors:

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s largest independent grant-maker. CBT aims to tackle disadvantage in London through grant making, social investment, encouraging philanthropy and influencing social policy.

CBT funds a broad range of work in order to achieve its vision, and has over around 500 grants, which are working with thousands of Londoners, live at any one time. It distributes approximately £20m a year, and this is mainly for a wide range of civil society organisations.

The strategic review aims to speak with as many people as possible from across London, and beyond, to consider what kind of funding strategy CBT needs from 2018-2022 to help Londoners really thrive.

The CBT website and social media will be used regularly to update people on the progress of this work. Those that wish to share their reflections will be asked to use the @CityBridgeTrust Twitter handle, and to use the hashtag #bridgingLondon