We are The London Community Foundation, the charity for London's grassroots. We specialise in supporting community-based organisations focused on helping disadvantaged London.
We're passionate about London, its people, its communities and its vitality. But we also know that it's a place that can exclude and marginalise. We believe grassroots organisations hold the key to improving the lives of the most disadvantaged.
By shining a light on the key issues faced and supporting the best ideas to grow, we strengthen and nurture the network of local people solving local problems.
Our mission is to help small grassroots organisations grow, by supporting them with crucial funding as well as advice. We believe in sharing our knowledge to help people improve projects, so they make an even greater impact. We work with all kinds of groups - from employment support services to educational centres and homeless shelters, to name just a few.
Our knowledge of London’s communities and the challenges facing them helps us change lives.
We’re here to inform our donors and partners, working in partnership to champion the projects our communities need. This means spotting bright ideas that make a big impact, so we can confidently invest in work that's truly effective.
Why we're different
We work across the entire city and specialise in discovering pioneering ideas. We're one of the only grassroots funders that does both.
Our experience has shown us that communities often characterised as poor and disadvantaged are rich with ideas and assets. Charities, social enterprises and groups that spring from the communities they’re trying to help often have a deep understanding of the gaps that need filling. They know what works, how to gain trust and build lasting relationships.
We specialise in finding and funding small organisations who are just starting out or who don’t attract mass public support. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the groups we support and base our decisions on the merit of ideas and the talents behind them.
We've been working in the community for over 20 years, and have a unique window into how complex social problems are being tackled at local level. We're expert at directing investment into small, under the radar community groups.