UK Overseas Territories Fund

Collaborative fund to provide a strategic response to environmental needs in the UK Overseas Territories

John Ellerman Foundation launched the UK Overseas territories (UKOTs) Fund on 1 October 2021. The funding guidelines and FAQs relating to the fund are available on their website here. The fund has been launched as the centrepiece of the Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebrations, alongside some other activities that they are working on.

The Cornerstone Fund

Aiming to bring about systemic change in support for London's civil society organisations

The Cornerstone Fund is a funder collaboration, launched in 2018, currently involving City Bridge Trust, the GLA, the National Lottery Community Fund, Trust for London and the John Lyons Charity.

It aims to bring about systemic change, enabling civil society support organisations to collaborate to achieve a thriving civil society that is adaptable, resilient, collaborative, sustainable and driven by communities, with a focus on tackling deep seated structural inequalities to improve outcomes for Londoners.

Scotland Funding Community and Learning Hub

Convening a group of funders, representatives of voluntary and community sector organisations and regulatory bodies to address the needs of Scottish voluntary organisations and the communities they serve.

Since early in the first period of national lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland, SCVO has hosted a series of informal monthly meetings bringing together Scottish funders, grant makers and representatives of voluntary and community sector organisations and regulatory bodies. There is clear interest in the continuation of what is now titled the Funding Community and Learning Hub ('the Community'). 

DEI Data Standard

A group to create and utilise a standardised DEI taxonomy

The DEI Data Group is an independent working group convened by Fozia Irfan and Josh Cockroft, and includes a range of foundations and funders from across the United Kingdom. The key thread that connects these foundations is the understanding that without an effective framework to capture DEI data there can be no effective action to identify and target funding to address structural inequalities. This led to the creation of the DEI Data Standard. 


London Community Response

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, 67 of London’s funders worked together to provide co-ordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of the capital's communities. Between March 2020 and March 2021, over £57million was given out in almost 3,300 grants.

Migration Exchange (MEx)

Migration Exchange is an informal network of independent funders. They aim to improve the lives of people who migrate, and receiving communities in the UK, by informing public debate on migration and supporting welcoming communities.

It achieves this through commissioning research to inform funders and key partners to act on shared concerns; supporting coordination and building capacity in the sector, and aligning grants to enable activity to take place at scale or increase the potential for success.