Forums, networks and other collaborative activity between funders with shared interests in specific geographical areas.


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.

Funders Forum for Northern Ireland

The Funders Forum for Northern Ireland is made up of representatives of organisations who fund and make grants in Northern Ireland.

It brings the funders together, in a confidential space, to network, to share information and to encourage collaboration, thereby promoting philanthropic giving across the region.

The Forum is a mix of independent and semi-independent funders with access to significant resources. The Forum recognises the different funding roles and remits of its members and acknowledges their independence. It does not, currently, make grants or donations.

Greater Manchester Funders' Forum

The Greater Manchester Funders' Forum exists to enable independent grant makers, social investors and public sector funders to collaborate and coordinate programmes.

It was established during the COVID-19 crisis as both national and local funders in Greater Manchester urgently came together to share intelligence, perspective and understanding.

The Forum additionally encourages and supports the collaboration and alignment of work to prevent duplications and ensure support is available where it is needed.

London Refugee Response

Emerging collaboration to co-ordinate work to support London’s refugees, in light of the crisis facing our Afghan communities

London Funders have been working with their members and other organisations to see how best they can support London’s Afghan communities.

London has always been home to a significant proportion of the country’s Afghan population. Of the 250,000 people in the UK of Afghan origin, 60% live in Greater London. London is set to welcome even more refugees in the coming months.

WM Funders Network

A support network for funders in the West Midlands, helping them to work more effectively and increase their impact on people and communities

WM Funders Network (WMFN) is a membership association for charitable trusts, foundations, other charitable funders and individuals interested in funding the West Midlands voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Its members range from large national trusts that give grants in the region to locally-based grant givers, social investors and individuals.

It aims to:

Resources and insights

Local Challenge Funds in Northern Ireland

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 16:16

Community Foundation Northern Ireland
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Issue area

The development, support and roll out of a network of Local Challenge Funds in Northern Ireland led by local people working together to identify local assets, meet local needs and galvanize grassroots philanthropy. The desired outcome is sustainable community development.

What we're looking for

Get in touch if you are interested in a funding collaboration to share the investment in the development, support and roll out of Local Challenge Funds with CFNI.

If you would like to know more, please email ACF via, using the subject line: Local Challenge Funds in Northern Ireland.


Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:07

Community Foundation Wales
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Issue area

Building connections between the Welsh third sector and trusts and foundations whose base is outside Wales.

What we're looking for

Please get in touch if Wales is a 'cold spot' for your organisation and/or if you'd like to learn more about the project to build your networks into Wales.

If you would like to know more, please email ACF via, using the subject line: Wales.

Thrive at Five

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:04

Thrive at Five
Issue area

Thrive at Five is an exciting new place-based collective impact initiative focused on children from pregnancy to five. It brings together and aligns philanthropists, funders, local parents, communities and other key stakeholders to close the widening gap in school readiness amongst children in disadvantaged areas. 

What we're looking for


If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, which will be launching in our first Thrive at Five pathfinder community in February please get in touch. 

If you would like to know more, please email ACF via, using the subject line: Thrive at Five.

Tackling education gaps in Bedford Borough, whether caused by Covid or longer term.

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:03

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What we're looking for

Let us know if you are funding education and would like to to collaborate in a discrete geographical area. 

If you would like to know more, please email ACF via, using the subject line: Tackling education gaps in Bedford Borough, whether caused by Covid or longer term..