Mayor's Small Grants Programme

What is the Mayor's Small Grants Programme?

Our vision is to support and invest in a thriving and diverse voluntary and community sector to help it improve the lives of residents.

To support this vision, the council launched the Mayor’s Small Grants Programme on Monday 11 December 2023.

See awarded projects from previous round.

The programme will provide £800,000 of annual grant funding between November 2023 and March 2027.

The Small Grants programme is for small organisations with a maximum annual income of £150,000. This is to ensure a wide range of organisations can access council funding and ensure all sections of the community benefit.

What projects will we fund?

The grants programme consists of five themes:

Funded project
ThemeAnnual budgetAmount per awardNumber of awards per year

Mayor’s Community Events

Programme - The Community Events

Fund will support events that bring

communities together and celebrate our

diversity, as well as national and

regional celebrations.




Mayor’s Capacity Building Programme

The Mayor’s Capacity Building

Programme will provide funding for

VCS organisations to access capacity

building support so you can

strengthen your ability to deliver high

quality services to residents.




Mayor’s Community Chest - Very small

grants to support community events

and activities




Mayor’s & Young Mayor’s Youth

Empowerment Fund - Support young

people to design, bid and deliver

projects for their peers




Mayor’s Positive Activities for Young

People - Support activities during school holiday






How do I apply?

The first round of the Small Grants Programme for 2024/25 will open for applications on Monday 20 May and closes at midday on Friday 28 June.

Each theme has its own webpage. This includes information on

  • eligibility
  • how much funding is available
  • what the funding can be used for
  • bidding process
  • assessment process.

You can access the following areas

Organisations are required to apply using the Blackbaud Grant Management online portal which can be accessed through the theme pages.

What support is available for interested organisations?

The council will deliver an information event focusing on:

  • the application process
  • guidance on how to apply
  • details about our online grants management system


To sign up to the information event please select the following link:

  • Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • Time: 2 to 3.30pm
  • Venue: Town Hall, 160 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BJ
  • Sign upBook 19 June event

What are the key timelines?

The bidding period for the new grants programme will last for six weeks.

Applications will be open from 20 May 2024 and the deadline for submitting bids is 12 noon on 28 June 2024. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

The timetable for round one Mayor’s Community Grants Programme is outlined in the table


20 May 2024

Applications open

28 June 2024

Closing date for applications

August 2024

Notification if project have been successful or not

Timeline for Community Chest programme can be found on the Community Chest page.

Applications for future rounds will be announced soon.

Get in touch

If you have a question or need support, then please get in touch with the Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Team by emailing