How can I apply?

Applications for the Unity Fund 2023 are to be submitted through our online application. To view and submit your application, go here.

Applicants will need:

  • Details of a primary contact who will be responsible for grant activity.

  • Details about the organisation, where it operates, its objectives and main activities.

  • Details about how many people are involved in the organisation and the names of all Trustees, Management Committee or Non-Executive Directors.

  • A summary of the work you are planning and what the requested grant is for.

  • Details about the difference your project will make.

  • How many people will benefit from the grant and which communities the project will focus on.

  • How much funding you are requesting and what it will be used for.

  • Organisations bank account details (account must be in the name of the applicant organisation). 

  • Governing Document/Constitution and your annual accounts or income/expenditure report. 

  • Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy (if applicable)

Where can I find the application guidelines?

The application guidelines can be found in the following link

Unity Fund Guidance Notes

How many applications can an organisation submit?

Each organisation may submit one (1) application. In the event that an organisation submits more than one (1) application, Pride in London will only consider the first application.

When do applications close?

Applications close on Sunday 24th September 2023 at 17:00 BST (GMT+1).

When will the outcome be announced?

The outcome will be announced by 4th November 2023.

What is the eligibility criteria?

In order to apply for The Unity Fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • LGBT+ grassroots organisations that are advocating for and addressing the needs of LGBT+ people in London .

  • LGBT+ organisations operating with a yearly budget of not more than £100,000.

  • Established as a Charity, Community Interest Company (CIC) or Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). If neither, consideration can still be given, but applicants must be able to provide evidence of six month continuous activism and have a fiscal sponsor.

  • Able to provide a suitable plan on the use of the funding and for the avoidance of doubt, the funding should be aimed at promoting LGBT+ programs. 

What type of item can be funded?

  • Projects that will provide advancement to the LGBT+ community.

  • Emergency funding for LGBT+ projects, groups or organisations that are on the frontline in supporting the community during a crisis or major incident.

What type of item will not be funded?

  • Projects from individuals

  • Salaries of full-time or part-time staff

  • Legal fees

  • Political groups

  • Activities that take place outside of the UK

  • Organisations or projects that will distribute the grant money to others

  • Commercial ventures

What questions are on the application?

You can view all of the application questions here.

Where can I learn more about the Unity Fund?

Visit our website to discover the history of the Unity Fund, previous recipients and their achievements.

Can applicants appeal outcome decisions?

No, all decisions are final. Pride in London will not be able to entertain any appeals. Are there any conditions to using the awarded grant?

The grant should be utilised exclusively for the purposes outlined in your application and must be treated as a restricted fund.

After receiving the funds, successful grant recipients will be required to furnish Pride in London with an interim report or case study, along with accompanying pictures, within 6 months. Additionally, a final report will be expected at the conclusion of the project. 

Will successful applicants be required to do any public announcements?

Yes, in the event of a successful application, recipients are required to acknowledge the funding provided by Pride in London in their public communications, including but not limited to press releases, social media posts, advertisements, and websites. Any use of Pride in London trademarks, logos, or intellectual property must adhere to the designated usage terms. 

Are there any other important terms applicants should know?

  • Successful applicants will be required to sign and return a formal acknowledgement form before payment(s) is released.

  • Pride in London reserves the right to withdraw funding at any time upon providing notice to applicants in the event Pride in London finds concerns in the way the funding is being used.

  • Payment will be made to the nominated bank account within 30 days and excludes any taxes due. If the funding attracts taxes due on the applicant, Pride in London will not be liable for such taxes.

  • Pride in London will be in regular contact to monitor progress and to ensure that funds granted are making a positive impact on LGBT+ communities.

  • From time to time as may be required, Pride in London shall reserve the right to audit successful applicant's documentation to determine that the use of the funding is in accordance with the terms of the grant.

  • The applicant shall ensure compliance with all relevant legislation.