South London Cares


South London Cares

Through our Partnerships funding, we make grants over £10,000 for organisations which work together with a shared set of goals and values.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations
Total available
£40m this financial year
Application deadline
How to succeed

Through our partnerships funding, we make grants over £10,000 for organisations who share responsibility and influence with others, who have a shared set of goals and values, and achieve their mission by starting with the bigger picture rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. We call this generous leadership.

Grants are awarded for up to five years and we can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

We’re really interested in hearing your ideas. Whether they’re big or small, tell us what you think will improve your community.

What kind of partnerships?

Partnerships funding is specifically designed to support generous leadership and increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and an understanding of the bigger picture.

We can support you to develop and grow existing partnerships and also to encourage new types of partnership which build on your different skills and strengths.

Our funding can support many different types of partnership, including:

  • cross-sector partnerships
  • local place-based collaboration
  • local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

You can contact us if you are interested in setting up a new partnership - or if you already have an established partnership.

Our funding priorities

We support ideas that meet one or more of our three funding priorities.

Show us how you plan to:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities

  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities

  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

What we want to see

You developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit

We want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say.

You’ll support what’s already working well

Use your knowledge of the skills and experience people already have and explore how you can build on it.

You can test new approaches

We’re interested in your original and creative ideas for achieving your mission, and are keen to share what you learn with others.

You understand the existing activities and services that do similar work

Have you spoken to other groups? What can you learn from them, and how can you contribute to what they already do?

You’re committed to equalities and the environment

We’ll want to know about your equalities policy and your environmental policy if we’re interested in your idea.

Visit our website for more information on our equality principles

Visit for more information on environmental responsibility

You’re people led, strengths based and connected

Through all our funding, we’re interested in supporting organisations that are:

  • people led - meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity

  • strengths based - making the most of the skills that already exist in communities

  • connected - understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.

Check if you’re eligible

We can support a partnership (both new and existing) made up of the types of organisation below.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you’re a:

  • voluntary and community organisation

  • registered charity

  • social enterprise

  • group of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise

  • school

  • statutory body (including town, parish or community council)

  • community interest companies (with two or more directors).

We can’t accept applications from:

  • individuals

  • sole traders

  • organisations based outside the UK

  • anyone who is applying on behalf of another organisation

  • organisations without at least two unconnected* people on the board or committee.

(*not a relation by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship or people living together at the same address)

We will consider funding unincorporated groups, but normally expect the groups to use our funding to incorporate and, where appropriate, register as a charity.

What can you spend the money on?

We can fund:

  • staff salaries

  • project activities

  • running costs

  • small-scale refurbishment

  • equipment

  • organisational development

We can’t fund:

  • activities that generate profits for private gain

  • religious activity (although we are able to fund religious organisations if they are providing benefit for the wider community)

  • activities that replace government funding (for example, we can only fund school activities that are additional to the curriculum)

  • activities that benefit individuals, rather than the wider community

  • political activities
  • retrospective costs
  • loan repayments.

Not sure if you’re eligible?

If you’re unclear whether you can be funded, get in touch with us:

Phone: 0345 4 10 20 30

Text relay: 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30 (for those with a hearing or speech impairment)


What to expect

How you apply to us can vary as we don’t have an application form.

We’re comfortable receiving applications in a format that best suits your organisation. For example, feel free to send us a video to tell us about your idea.

There’s no closing date for Partnerships – you can apply at any time.

1. Find out if we can fund you

  • Check that you’re eligible

  • Read our guidance

  • Talk to us

How to get in touch

Phone: 0345 4 10 20 30

Text relay: 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30 (for those with a hearing or speech impairment)


2. Tell us your idea

First, give us a brief outline of what you want to do.

You don’t have to have all the details, but try to include:

  • what you want to do and why
  • who is involved in your partnership and why
  • what difference you think your idea will make
  • how people and communities are involved with your project
  • the structure of your partnership (including whether there will be a lead organisation) and the background to it
  • the length of your project budget and how much funding you’ll need from us
  • how your idea fits in with other activities.

You can submit a form online, book in a phone call, send us a video, or email us.

We’ll then get in touch to find out more about your idea.

3. Submit a full proposal

If your idea is accepted, we'll ask you to submit a full proposal.

Your application will be made up of:

  • your proposal for funding

  • organisation details

  • your partnership agreement

A Funding Officer will help you put your proposal together and give guidance on the areas that you need to cover.

Your proposal will be assessed at a Big Lottery Fund decision-making panel, alongside a report by the relevant Funding Officer.

If you’re successful

You’ll get a call from your Funding Officer and an offer letter in the post.

If you’re unsuccessful

You’ll get a call or email from your Funding Officer letting you know the decision and offering any relevant feedback.

4. Get ongoing support

If you’re successful, we’ll work with you to identify the right level of support throughout the duration of your grant.

We’ll agree your payment plan, how often you’ll update us on your progress, and how we gain assurance for the funding we have awarded.

We’ll also discuss how we can support you to celebrate and promote your funding, engage with the wider community and share your learning with others.

Get started

First, send us a brief outline of your idea.

Submit your idea

Other ways to submit your idea

You can also contact your regional funding team to book a time with a funding officer to tell us your idea over the phone (or you can email your ideas to them directly):

Region Email Phone
North East & Cumbria

Covering Newcastle, Cumbria and the north-east of England 0191 376 1700
North West

Covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside 0161 261 4646
Yorkshire and the Humber

Covering Yorkshire, north and north-east Lincolnshire 0113 224 5349
South West

Covering Exeter, Bristol and the south-west of England 0139 284 9747
London, South East and East of England 0207 211 1998
East and West Midlands 0121 345 7800

If you want to get in touch with us about anything else, please visit our Contact page.


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