Apply for up to £10,000 to support your organisation through the cost-of-living crisis

Today, we are opening the Together for London Programme for applications. We are launching with £1 million of funding and expect to make around 100 grants. We will be funding charities directly responding to the cost-of-living crisis and prioritising those working with people and communities who are disproportionately impacted by it.


Applications will be open for three weeks from Thursday 27 October to Thursday 17 November. We are expecting to make decisions by 19 December but will tell you if this changes.


Before applying, please make sure you read the eligibility criteria and the priorities we are focusing on. We want to ensure organisations don’t spend valuable time applying for funds that they may not be eligible or right for.


For full details on the fund criteria, eligibility and application process, please see our website below.

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How to make sure your proposal stands out

‘Are you proposal ready? If not, what do you need to do to get there? As fundraisers, we are all faced with two main constraints:  our budget and time. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed and the need to rush and churn out proposals.’ Read more here.

Top tips for grant fundraising

‘Ever since I started fundraising, it’s been “a competitive time” out there. Funding requests have always outnumbered the available grants given out, as charitable need has always exceeded philanthropic supply. Lately, though, things seem to be beyond challenging.’ Read more here.

Full time, permanent

Salary: £34k – £40k depending on skills and experience

Are you an experienced fundraiser?
Do you have the ability to help VCS groups and start-up businesses develop and thrive?


Sobus is seeking a dynamic, creative self-starter to join our team.  Leading our own fundraising activities and our organisational development work (with the VCS in Hammersmith and Fulham and start-up businesses in North Kensington), you will lead, develop and manage a range of training, support and empowerment services to build the capacity of organisations, entrepreneurs and leaders.


The role:

Based predominantly in Hammersmith & Fulham, the role will be a combination of office and community based work, engaging with micro and small VCS organisations, building their skills and capacity to develop and sustain their organisations.


You will lead Sobus’ own fundraising activities; actively seeking funding opportunities and ensuring creative, persuasive and high quality funding applications are developed


The post also leads on the development and delivery of enterprise support around our hub in North Kensington, ensuring agreed annual targets are achieved, including developing collaborative approaches with other enterprise support services and providers


The person

We are looking for an individual with a strong track record in capacity building and/or organisational development, and who can demonstrate fantastic fundraising skills.  You will have a sound understanding of micro and start up VCS organisations, and ideally experience in small business and enterprise support.


Closing date:            Friday 18th November at 5pm
Interviews:               Monday 28th November

Please click here for the downloadable job descriptionapplication form and equalities and diversity monitoring form.

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We would particularly welcome applications from disabled people and individuals who represent the diversity of the borough.


For more information or an informal chat about the role, please contact our CEO Sue Spiller on 020 7952 1230.





















Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches to disseminate the outcomes to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. The next closing date for applications is the 15th December 2022. Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

The government recently reported the highest number of households living in private or social housing seeking homelessness assistance since data collections began*.

Working together towards the 2024 goal to end rough sleeping is still possible. Westminster Insight’s annual Tackling Homelessness Digital Conference will share guidance and evidence-based strategies that services can implement to improve outcomes for people sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness.

Hear from the Centre for Homelessness Impact on the tangible indicators, evidence, and practical implementations London Councilsare taking to tackle and prevent homelessness. We will review the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on those at risk of homelessness.  You will explore how to mitigate pressure on services and continue to provide life changing support for those at risk of homelessness.

Review the latest data to understand changing trends of people experiencing homelessness. Develop and plan support services that meet the needs of all vulnerable groups including women and young people.

Through a series of panel discussions and case studies, you will gain insights on collaborative approaches across housing, health, care and third sector. Join the conversation with members of the committee who produced the latest NICE guidelines on Integrated Health and Social Care for People Experiencing Homelessness.

Network with peers and share ideas to overcome common challenges to end homelessness in the UK including:

  • Effective commissioning
  • Learning from the voice of lived experience and embedding co-production
  • Creating strong and resilient peer support networks

Early Bird Discount – 20% off – available until Friday 25th November 2022  (Please enter the discount code EARLY3904in the payment section when you book online). Please email us for group bookingsof 3 or more –

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In partnership with The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, we’re running a survey to find out more about small grants and small grants programmes. For the purposes of this research, we consider a small grant to be a grant of £20,000 or under. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Learn more and complete the survey here.

This document was put together by the internal DSC wellbeing team to provide some guidance and advice to our staff about the cost of living crisis. It includes some background information alongside a number of practical tips and general guidance. Take a look here.

We are looking, along with our partners Community Fibre, for Digital Ambassadors in H&F.

This would be a great opportunity for someone who want to learn new skills and get involved in delivering to residents in Hammersmith & Fulham. It would be useful for anyone who want to add to their c.v. or gain new experience.

Full training will be given and a couple of hours a month commitment is required. The offer is open to anyone working or living in H&F. For further information, please click here.

Soaring numbers of under-18s have sought NHS care for mental health problems in 2022 but, only a quarter who need help, get it.

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  • Children and young people’s mental health in context
  • Mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people
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  • Support available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people

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