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Sport Relief: The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

About the Fund

Sport Relief is supporting The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund with a grant of £1million. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

Please note: Your proposals do not have to be sport related to be considered.

The fund is open across all London boroughs.

Aim of the Programme 

We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and are best placed to make any changes. Having lots of activities happening in area brings vibrancy to a local community which can make it a better place to live. We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need. We therefore want to support community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement. 


Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

Priority will be given to:

  • Small, locally based groups or organisations working in areas of disadvantage
  • Organisations demonstrating a clear understanding of the needs of their community

Organisations can apply for funding towards work that addresses one or more of the following themes:

  • Tackling educational disadvantage
  • Getting people into work
  • Fighting gangs, knife and gun crime
  • Improving physical and mental health
  • Addressing other manifestations of poverty such as homelessness, pensioner poverty or the working poor


The Fund will prioritise organisations demonstrating the following:

  • Disadvantage – reaching those who are excluded or disadvantaged due to low income, social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality, gender or poor health
  • Need and demand – evidence that the activities are needed in the community and in demand
  • Lived Experience – people directly affected by the issues are involved in the organisation and the planning of the project
  • Effective Practice – evidence that the methodology being used will be successful
  • Partnerships – a range of relevant partners are in place to deliver the work

Deadline for applications 

Friday 6th May 2016 at 12 noon

Fund guidelines

Online application guidelines

Online application form

Income & Expenditure Forecast Template

Please contact The Programmes Team at The London Community Foundation if you need help with your application or have any queries about the Fund at 020 7582 5117.