City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £25m per year towards charitable activity benefiting Greater London. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of the Bridge House Estates and members of its Court of Common Council form the City Bridge Trust’s Grants Committee.

Bridging Divides: Grant making at City Bridge Trust

In response to Covid-19, City Bridge Trust temporarily closed some of our programmes to new applicants, while we focussed on supporting our current funded organisations and the collaborative London Community Response, delivering emergency funding in support of the sector.

Some funding programmes are now open to new applicants, while others remain temporarily closed. Our What we fund page lists the programmes open to new applicants.

City Bridge Trust awards around £25m per year to charitable causes in London. The majority of these grants are made under our Bridging Divides scheme, which has four programmes listed below. Some of these programmes remain temporarily paused.

Connecting the Capital

Grants to help make London’s communities stronger, more resilient and thriving. Connecting the Capital – click to learn more.

Positive Transitions

Funding to help Londoners experiencing inequality and disadvantage to make important transitions in their lives. Positive Transitions – click to learn more.

Advice and Support

Grants to help address inequalities in London by funding good quality advice and support. Advice and support – click to learn more.

Small Grants

Small Grants to support local greening and growing projects, and projects which enable disabled people and/or older people who are disadvantaged to actively participate in wellbeing opportunities. Small Grants – click to learn more.

Apply for a grant

Please note: applications to some grants made under our Bridging Divides programme are temporarily paused.

Before making an application to us, you should read carefully the information in Who we fund and What we fund. You might also wish to read our FAQs which contains information on our grant-making and common questions. If, having read these pages, you wish to apply to us, please go to How to apply for information on our application process and the Eligibility Quiz which you must complete to access our online application form.

Along with the above, we also run one-off grant programmes, such as our Stepping Stones Fund which offers grants to organisations looking to become investment ready.