Charitable giving & finances

The City of London is best known as a global centre for financial and professional services – and rightly so. But it’s not often known how much the City makes a difference to our communities in London and beyond – for example supporting charities and projects tackling disadvantage across London through the City Bridge Trust.

The City Bridge Trust first began awarding grants in September 1995 and since then it has awarded over 7,000 grants totalling £1/3 billion across London.

The majority of these grants are made under the Trust’s Bridging Divides scheme, which has three programmes:

  • Connecting the Capital: Making London’s communities stronger, more resilient and enable them to thrive.
  • Positive Transitions: Work that will enable Londoners experiencing inequality and disadvantage to make important transitions in their lives.
  • Advice and Support: Providing access to good quality advice and support in order to reduce and address inequalities.

These priorities guide the Trust’s vision for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive, especially those experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation.