We define philanthropy as the giving of resources in an engaged and strategic way for maximum impact and in a tax efficient manner. It can include the giving of money, assets, time, talent, voice and one’s social capital. We believe in the power of philanthropy as a great social connector and the source of many great opportunities.

City Philanthropy

A Wealth of Opportunity

Seeking Funding

City Philanthropy does not provide funding or grants. If you are looking for funding for yourself or your charity here are a few places to start:


Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help - online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations. The Turn2us website features a Benefits Calculator, Grants Search and other useful tools.

Directory of Social Change

The Directory of Social Change is an independent charity which provides information and training to the voluntary sector. Their website features a number of tools for finding grants and funding including Trust funding, Grants for Individuals, Government Funding, and Company Giving.

To find out more about the tools visit the Directory of Social Change.

City Bridge Trust

The City Bridge Trust is the grant-making arm of the Bridge House Estates and supports charitable activity across Greater London. The trust provides grants totalling around £15m per year. Visit the City Bridge Trust to find out How to apply for a grant.

Trust for London

Trust for London is a charitable organisation that “exists to reduce poverty and inequality in London”. They provide grants to organisations undertaking charitable activities within five main areas of focus; Employment, Advice, Social Justice, Violence and Small Groups.

To find out more about their grants visit Trust for London

The London Community Foundation

The London Community Foundation is “the meeting place for many different donors, private and public, with differing interests and areas of concern.” They manage a number of grants on behalf of donors and give to a wide range of registered charities and community groups but prioritise community based projects and small and medium sized organisations.

Visit the Available Grants page to find out more.

ICAP Charity Day

ICAP is a leading global financial services group who donate their entire revenue one day a year to chosen charities. The ICAP Charity Day has supported over 1,400 projects worldwide raised over £110 million. 

Visit ICAP Charity Day to find out more


BeyondMe is a network for professionals dedicated to promoting generosity in leadership. They bring together small teams of givers within large City businesses who, along with a senior mentor, spend a year working with a charity providing around 150 pro bono hours of strategic support and between £3000 and £5000 worth of funding.

In the build up to a new cohort the BeyondMe team have regular ‘on boarding’ calls to engage with charities that want to become involved with the network.

Visit BeyondMe to register your interest as a charity.


Beehive is a free web-based service that helps you quickly and easily understand which funders are appropriate for your organisation. In a matter of minutes you can get recommendations of appropriate funders, check to see if you're eligible for support, and start your approach for funding. Sign up for free today.



Companygiving.org.uk is an excellent tool for researching potential corporate partnerships, especially when narrowing down by causes supported and location. Companygiving.org.uk saves you valuable research time in targeting your fundraising efforts effectively. It helps to improve your fundraising success by instantly pinpointing the companies sympathetic to your cause and providing all the information you need to make strong approaches for corporate partnership.

 Visit Companygiving.org.uk to finds out more. 

Pro Bono Services


GoProBono is a 'super hub' for professional skills-based volunteering. The digital tool brings together more than 70 pro bono brokers on one searchable platform. Charities can access thousands of skill-sharing opportunities across London and the UK.

Visit GoProBono to find out more

The Bulldog Trust: Engaging Experience Philanthropy Network

The Engaging Experience Philanthropy Network was launched in December 2009 by Dame Stephanie Shirley, the British Government’s Ambassador for Philanthropy. The EEPN was set up as a way to inspire and connect interested professionals with opportunities to apply their skills to charitable benefit. Network members come from varied professions including finance, law, HR, management consultancy, media and the public sector as well as representatives from intermediary charities.

If you are a charity looking for professional support visit The Bulldog Trust or email Alison Marston


Pilotlight is an award-winning charity that transforms the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK by offering charities and social enterprises access to the strategic business support they need to become more efficient, effective and sustainable. Pilotlight does this by harnessing and matching the talents of its members – we call them Pilotlighters – to charities through its programmes. All of its programmes are managed by experienced Pilotlight Project Managers who drive for the best outcomes for both our Charity Partners and its Pilotlighters.

Since 2003, Pilotlight has worked with over 700 charities and social enterprises that tackle human disadvantage, through a variety of programmes, helping them plan for their future. Its support is free of charge.

For more information and to apply visit their website. If you have any queries please contact Georges Lebreton at glebreton@pilotlight.org.uk or on 020 7283 7022.


Other useful websites include:

London Funders: Looking for Funding

Association of Charitable Foundations: Seeking Funding