Live projects

Learn more about how we’re working with charities, foundations and public agencies to strengthen communities.

Leading in Uncertainty

Peer support spaces for sector leaders to come together, pause, and hear each other’s experiences of adapting and coping with uncertainty.

Open and Trusting Grant-making

A community of over 100 funders committed to making life easier for those they fund.

Connecting Health Communities

Facilitated support for cross-sector partnerships addressing health inequalities.

The Evaluation Roundtable

A space for foundation leaders and learning staff to refine and deepen their thinking and practice. 

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Help on Your Doorstep (HOYD)

We are a learning partner to Help on Your Doorstep’s collective network of 130 referral partners in Islington, supporting them to establish new ways of working in partnership – so that more residents can benefit from their services. 

The Power of Youth Charter

We are working with UK Youth, Volunteering Matters and a group of Young Assessors to explore how organisations are carrying out their Power of Youth commitments and how they are taking meaningful action to empower young people.

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The Jane Hatfield Award

An annual grant for a team of young researchers to investigate community, social action and/or social justice. The Award is run in partnership with The Ubele Initiative. For 2024, we are supporting two separate pieces of research with awards of £5,000 each.

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One Southwark Programme

Led by United St Saviours, One Southwark transforms the lives of young people experiencing disadvantage through collective action and linking young people to opportunities. We capture young people’s journeys and draw out learning.

Propel initiative

Propel is a collaborative initiative of funders led by London Funders. We’re working alongside Propel funders and grantees to understand how to achieve equitable systemic change through long-term, collaborative funding.

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The Cabrach Trust Evaluation

We are the learning partner for The Cabrach Trust as part of a longitudinal evaluation of the Trust’s investments and regeneration activities in the Cabrach community.

The Trussell Trust Learning Partner

We are a learning partner for Trussell Trust to explore how food banks not only provide emergency food and discreet programmes but also engage effectively with local system change work.

Future Communities Fund

We are a learning partner for Co-op Foundation’s Future Communities Fund, which seeks to contribute to building communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive, and prioritise youth activism.

Recently published…

Not just ticking boxes

Four stories illustrating the power of community-led health service design

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Young researchers share their findings

The Jane Hatfield Award 2023

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Building confidence and connections in Southwark

Year one findings from the One Southwark programme 

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Making your case for unrestricted funding

Advice for charities

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Using everyday rights as a tool for change

We supported Just Fair to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework

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Building Community Leadership

Values and approaches that underpin successful community leadership support

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Headshot pictures of Ben Cairns, Director at IVAR, and Chris Mills, Research Associate at IVAR.
Thinking about strategic charity reserves management

Advice for charities

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Evidence Review: Why restrict grants?

When and whether funders should give restricted or unrestricted funding

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Charity workers listening to a Cambodian family around a table, filling in a table on whiteboard paper. CCT logo.
Under the bonnet of unrestricted with Texel Foundation and partners

Unrestricted funding in practice series

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With thanks to James O. Jenkins/Help on Your Doorstep for the photo used at the top of this page.

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