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Funding opportunities from Merton Council

Emergency Assistance Grants for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations

Available to existing strategic partners and organisations in the borough who provide emergency assistance to increase their capacity to support our residents now and through the winter.

Civic Pride funds

Investing in Neighbourhoods Fund - for projects to address demands placed on neighbourhoods by new development such as housing

Supporting the Voluntary Sector Fund - for voluntary groups to support community initiatives

Merton Giving Fund

The Merton Giving Fund provides financial grants to charities working locally who understand the issues and the best solutions to help people in need in our community. Merton Giving is a charitable initiative from Merton Connected.

Merton Giving website

Strategic Partner Programme

Funding to strategic partners began in April 2019 for the Strategic Partner Funding Programme 2019-22.

Strategic Partner Programme

Other funding opportunities

Merton Connected

Merton Connected can provide help with accessing new funding.

Merton Connected website

London Councils

London Councils invests funding in voluntary organisations on behalf of the 32 London boroughs, through the London Boroughs Grants Scheme. Other funding is also provided through London Councils, including the European Social Fund.

Awards for All

A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK

Awards for All website

Crowdfunding for community projects

Got a good idea for a community project in Merton? Merton Hive can help you attract funding, promote, and deliver local projects - no matter how big or small.
Merton Hive (SpaceHive website)

Funding awarded by Merton Council

Merton Council produces a voluntary sector funding database on an annual basis. It is published as part of the council's commitment to the local voluntary sector to provide the community with information on the council's funding agreements and ensure the council is transparent around the organisations that it funds.

Over the past six years the council has provided funding of over £70 million to the voluntary sector, and has increased the level of funding for the third year in a row. Over the last year funding has been provided to support holiday clubs for children with disabilities, care for vulnerable adults, projects to tackle social isolation as well as community theatres. Almost £1 million was allocated to address increased need and support residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding was also allocated to offer housing related support and tackle climate change. This shows the council's continued recognition of the vital role that the voluntary sector plays in the borough and the services that it provides. A number of the voluntary, community and faith organisations that have received funding are providing those services in some of the more deprived parts of the borough as part of the council's priority to bridge the economic gap between the east and west of the borough.

Key highlights for 2020/21

  • £10,554,309 - Total amount funded to the voluntary sector in 2020/21

  • £10,048,209 - Total awarded in cash grants/commissioned services

  • £286,400 - Total awarded in notional funding (rent and transport)

For more detail, please download the Voluntary Sector Funding database below.

Funding database

We will continue to update and publish our funding on these pages.
If you have any queries, comments or suggestions regarding the funding database, please email us at voluntary.sector@merton.gov.uk