London Catalyst is an independent grant making trust that provides funding for charities and not for profit organisations to deliver projects and improve their services. The trust aims to make a difference by acting as a catalyst for change, they aim to: improve health and wellbeing, help to remove people from poverty and raise awareness of poverty and ill health in London.
The annual grants budget is £300,000 divided between four grant programmes:
- Project Grants - supporting new initiatives and service developments for disadvantaged people;
- Samaritan Grants - this is a hardship fund offering immediate help to people in an emergency, 70% of all these grants are for food and travel;
- Partners for Health - grants for projects that can demonstrate: Positive outcomes for people experiencing significant barriers to health and well-being, a new approach or a thoughtful development of service, working in partnership with an expert health agency/provider.
Examples of the type of project that have previously been funded include:
- A programme of community-based art therapy workshops to extend a relationship with, and support clients of, a local Drug and Alcohol Service.
- A new structured support group for carers and people with Primary Progressive Aphasia caused by neurodegenerative disease.
- Health and wellbeing sessions for homeless and vulnerably housed adults which included health promotion workshops, specialist check-ups, counselling on-line, health appointments and group therapy.
The next Grants Scrutiny Committee meetings for Project and Samaritan grant applications is the 6th February 2020. Grant applications must be received at the very least, four weeks before this date.