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Local Community Fund (LCF) 2019-23

This funding programme is now closed. Decisions will be announced in July.

Please see our Community Grants page for more information about other sources of funding, including LBTH Small Grants.

The council’s Local Community fund is now open for bids.

This funding programme began delivery 1 October 2019.

Please see our Community Grants page for more information about other sources of funding, including LBTH small grants.

Introduction and background to the LCF

The VCS Strategy 2016-19 set out the council’s commitment to working towards achieving, “an independent and sustainable voluntary and community sector, working closely with the council and partners to meet the needs of local people wherever they live in the borough”.

The Local Community Fund (LCF) was developed working closely with voluntary and community sector organisations and other stakeholders to reflect this vision. It supports the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Tower Hamlets to meet complex needs through flexible and responsive services for local residents.

These services and activities contribute towards achieving the outcomes for local residents set out in the Tower Hamlets Plan and the council's Strategic Plan 2019-2022.

LCF adopts an outcomes-based approach, encouraging organisations to build on local knowledge, skills and expertise and to use their flexibility to undertake the activities which have the most impact.

The new programme stimulates greater and more effective support in tackling local issues. It encourages organisations to use the principles of co-design to ensure their services are targeted effectively.

This means working together with the people who use their services and with other service providers to respond to change to review and develop their outcomes and the services provided over the three and a half years of the programme.

The funding programme has five themes. The priorities within each theme have been grouped into funding schemes.

  • Theme 1 – Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing
  • Theme 2 – Digital Inclusion and Awareness
  • Theme 3 – Advice and information
  • Theme 4 – Employment and skills
  • Theme 5 – Community safety
  • Funding was awarded at Cabinet on 31 July 2019