The Mayor of London has launched two programmes to support communities to get involved in London’s recovery, the Community-Led Recovery Programme & Grants and Civic Futures. 

We know that COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the lives of Londoners. All Londoners have seen their way of live severely disrupted. We are launching these two programmes because they are vital to lay the groundwork for the communities most deeply impacted to be resourced to create solutions within the context of their lived experience of the pandemic. 

The London Recovery Board, co-chaired by the Mayor of London to oversee London’s long-term recovery from COVID-19, has set out nine missions to support London’s recovery. As London’s decision makers begin to design programmes around these missions, the Community-Led Recovery programme aims to support communities most deeply affected by COVID-19 to share their lived experience and collaborate with decision makers to re imagine our city as fairer, greener and more resilient than it was before.

The programme offers two grant streams:

  • Community-Led Action Grant: offers grants of up to £9,000 to initiate social action projects which gather new insights.
  • London Community Story Grant: following the success of the pilot programme, this strand will offer grants of up to £1,500 to organisations with existing projects which capture Londoner’s experience of COVID-19, supporting them to be presented and shared to a wider audience.

The Community-Led Recovery Programme will support the London Recovery Board’s nine Recovery Missions, with grantees working to share insights that relate to one or more of the below nine missions:

  1. A Green New Deal
  2. A New Deal for Young People
  3. A Robust Safety Net
  4. Building Strong Communities
  5. Digital Access for All
  6. Healthy Food Healthy Weight
  7. Helping Londoners into Good Work
  8. High Streets for All
  9. Mental Health & Well-being

To support applicants we will be hosting two information sessions and an application writing session to support potential applicants. You’ll find information on how to register for these sessions on our webpage alongside more information on the programme, a shared prospectus and how to apply.

Deadline for applications 12pm Friday 19th February 2021.

Please share with your networks, we have attached a message you can share on WhatsApp.

For any questions, please email CommunityLedRecovery@groundwork.org.uk or phone 020 7239 1390.

Civic Futures Programme:

Civic Futures is a fellowship facilitated by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA), and is currently open for nominations and expressions of interest. Now in its second iteration, it continues to ask how we can build shared wisdom in making the transition to a better future? And in the context of recovery, how do we best bring together some of the amazing people active across London to learn from and support each other in building that future?

From March 2021, we’ll work with up to 30 people for 12 months (March 2021 – February 2022) from across London’s civil society and local government to facilitate collective learning and discovery focused on collaboration, exploration and inquiry and systems thinking.

We’d be grateful if you could make your relevant networks aware of the opportunity. For more information, download the information pack here. Or to nominate or apply please click here. The deadline for nominations is Thursday 18th February, and the deadline for applications is Tuesday 23rd February.

To get in touch with us about the Civic Future Programme, email us at civilsociety@london.gov.uk.