What we are calling for

Some communities not only have severe socio-economic challenges, they also lack social infrastructure – defined as places and spaces to meet, digital and physical connectivity, and an active and engaged community.

Research by Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) and Local Trust has identified 225 neighbourhoods with these features, which are perhaps the most ‘left behind’ in England. Outcomes in these areas are markedly worse than in other, equally deprived, areas: unemployment is higher, health is poorer, and educational attainment and participation in higher education are much lower. And COVID-19 has likely exacerbated existing challenges for these neighbourhoods.

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods have traditionally missed out on funding. They are in urgent need of a new funding response that provides targeted investment and supports sustainable, community-led change.

We are calling on government to dedicate the next wave of dormant assets (from stocks, shares, bonds, insurance and pension policies) to create a new, independent endowment – the Community Wealth Fund.

The Community Wealth Fund would be based on four principles:

Provision of long-term funding (10 -15 years)

Neighbourhood investment at the hyper-local level

Community-led decision making

Building community confidence and capacity

Distribution according to these principles would shift the dial in these areas, giving residents the means to develop the services and facilities that meet their needs and aspirations, and build social and economic capital. Join Us


The Community Wealth Fund Alliance

The Community Wealth Fund is supported by an Alliance of over 400 organisations from civil society, and the public and private sectors. Members include over 30 local and combined authorities from across England.

Alliance members

The following organisations have joined the alliance and endorsed the Community Wealth Fund proposal:

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A New Direction


Abram Ward Community Cooperative

Access – The Foundation for Social Investment

ACE – Action in Caerau & Ely

Action for Happiness

Action Homeless Leicester

Action with Communities Rural Kent

Acumen Academy UK

Age UK Doncaster

Airedale Enterprise Services

All the Small Things CiC

Alridha Foundation

Alyth Development Trust

Ambassadors Football

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Arches Local (Central Chatham, Luton Arches)

Arts and Crafts Community Centre


Aspire Housing

Aspire Wrestling Alliance Ltd

Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)

Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO)

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)

Atkinson Foundation

Awaaz FM Community Radio CIC

Axis Educational Trust

Barnfield Big Local

Barrow Cadbury Trust

Barrowcliff Big Local

Basingstoke Voluntary Action

Befriending Networks

Belle Vue Community, Sports & Youth Centre

Berkshire Community Foundation

Better Way Recovery

Big Local Broad Green

Big Local DY10 HBG

Blue Dragonfly Resources Ltd

Bodie Hodges Foundation

Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise Ltd

Bolton at Home

Bradford Youth Development Partnership

Bradley Big Local Community Land Trust Limited


British Blind Sport

British Science Association

Britwell Youth and Community Project

Brixton Pound

BUD (Lead Positive Change)

Build Aid

Build Community Development

Building Communities Trust

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service

Buttle UK

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Campaign for Better Transport

Canolfan Pentre CIO

Careby, Aunby & Holywell Village Hall

Carers Forward CIC

Carnegie UK Trust

Cartwheel Arts

Catalyst Support ltd


Centre for Excellence in Community Investment

Centre For London

Centre for Mental Health

Chance Heritage Trust

Chance Heritage Trust

Changing Lives

Charities Aid Foundation

Charity Finance Group

Charity Retail Association

Chartered Institute of Fundraising

Children England

Church Urban Fund

Citizens Advice Newcastle

City Bridge Trust

Clarion Housing Group

Co-operative and Mutual Solutions Ltd

Co-operatives UK

Cob in the Community CIC / FP&SG Residents Forum

Cognitive Paths

Communities 1st

Communities Engage and Thrive

Community Campus 87 Limited

Community Infrastructure Group CIC

Community Organisers

Community Southwark

Community Transport Glasgow

Community Ventures

Compass Community Partnerships


Connected Voice

Connecting@Veor CIC

Continuum CIC

Cooperatives West Midlands

Counter Community


Creative Futures Midlands

Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving

Cross Keys Homes



DBL Trading

DERIC Youth & Community Project

Design Council

Development Trusts NI

Devonshire West Big Local

DIAL Peterborough

Directory of Social Change

Dorset Community Foundation

Dover Big Local

Ealing Community Network

Earlsfield Community Land Trust

East Lancashire Model Railway Charitable Organisation

Eastside Community Trust

Emmaus UK

Energise Sussex Coast


Enterprise CUBE


Esolperth English Language Lessons

Ethical Business Exchange

Ewanrigg Local Trust

Families & Community Support Service

Filwood Centre

First Love Foundation

First Stop Darlington

Fishwick and St Matthews (FAM) Big Local


Fleetwood Trust

Food, Farming and Countryside commission

Forum for the future

Foundation Scotland

Frickley Athletic Community Foundation

Friends of Barnfield Estate Ltd

Friends of the earth

Friends Provident Foundation

FSN Charity

Funding for All

Fylde Coast Advice & Legal Centre

Gallows Close Centre


Gaunless Gateway Big Local

GHBL – Senior Citizens Working Group

Give Us A chance

GL Communities

Gloucestershire Bike Project CIC

Good Stuff in St Leonards

Govanhill Baths Community Trust


Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)

Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company

Grounded Community Charity


Hackney Playbus

Halifax Opportunities Trust

Hammersley Homes Ltd

Happy Stance Yoga Therapy

Happy Village

Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project

Health for All Leeds

Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust

Heart of Sidley

Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire

Heswall Disabled Children’s Holiday Fund

Home-Start West Berkshire

Hope Not Hate

HOPE not hate Charitable Trust

Hospice Hope



Human-Nature Escapes CIC

iCan Health and Fitness CIC

Ideas Alliance

Impact Hub Birmingham CIC

In Kind Direct


Inspired Neighbourhoods CIC

Intergenerational Foundation

Jade Mutua Foundation Trust

Jaywick Sands Community Land Trust

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Kakamega Days For Girls

Katherine Low Settlement

KensingtonVision CIC

Kent Organic and Wildlife Gardening

Kidz Aware

Kindred Legacy

Kingswood and Hazel Leys

Leaders in Community

Leapfrog Finance

Learn to Rug Making

Leicester Community Services

Leigh West Big Local – Leigh Neighbours Project

Library of Things

Lidget green healthy living centre

Life Into Words

Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Local Spark Torbay

Local Trust



Lofthouse Gate Community

London Communities Commission

London Community Land Trust

London Funders

London Legal Support Trust

London Youth

Longbenton Youth Project

Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea (Coastal Community Challenge)

Makor Hayim

Manchester Community Central (MACC)

Marsh and Micklefield

MATCH Mothers


Middleton Popstars Academy of Performing Arts Ltd

Misfits Music Foundation

More Human

More In Common


My Clubmoor




National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

National Community Land Trust Network


Neighbourly Care

Network for Justice

Network of Wellbeing

New Citizenship Project

New Local

Newark Sports Association

Newington Big Local

No5 Young People

North East Wellbeing

NWG Network

Olive Tree Cancer Support Group

One Knowsley

One Palfrey Big Local

Orchestras Live

Ore Community Centre


Paddington Development Trust

Partneriaeth Ogwen

People’s Health Trust

Permaculture Association

Persona Insight CIC

Peterborough Environment City Trust


Platform Thirty1

Plunkett Foundation

Positive Activities

Power to Change

Pro Bono Economics

R L Glasspool Charity Trust

Race Equality Foundation

Ramsey Million Big Local

Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust


Rastrick Big Local

Reaching People

Reading Refugee Support Group


Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency

Reflections Yorkshire CIC

REMAKe (Revolutionary East Marsh Arts Kollective)

Remakery Brixton Ltd


Reviving the Heart of the West End

Right to Succeed

Rooted In Homes

Rural Coffee Caravan

Rushey Green Time Bank

Salford CVS

SALTo Arts Productions

Salvation Army

Sankofa CPN

School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)

Scottish Communities Finance Ltd


Sefton CVS

Selby Town

Self Injury Support

Shared Assets

Sharrow Community Forum

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Shores Centre

Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service


Skimstone Arts

Small Charities Coalition

Smart Dog Education CIC

SO18 Big Local, Harefield, Townhill Park & Midanbury

Social Ark

Social Enterprise Network Scotland

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)

Social Finance

Social Investment Business (SIB)

Soha Housing

South Durham Enterprise Agency

South East London Community Energy

South Lanes Community

South Sudanese Community Initiatives Centre

South Yorkshire Community Foundation

Springfield & Beech Hill CommUnity

St Hilda’s East Community Centre

St Ives Community Land Trust

St James Street Big Local

St Matthews Big Local (Leicester)

St Vincent’s Family Project

Starlings Support CIC

Station House

Stir to Action

Stockport User Friendly Fellowship

Streetlight UK

Sustainable Exercise Partnership (StEP)

Tang Hall

Tees Valley Rural Action

Tempus Novo

Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre C.I.O

The Access to Justice Foundation

The Bevy Pub

The Cellar Trust

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The Curiosity Project CIC

The Democracy Collaborative

The Diana Award

The Equality Trust

The Exchange Creative Community

The Gateway Collective CIC

The Highlife Centre

The Mighty Creatives

The Millin Charity

The Panel for the Civil Society Futures Inquiry

The Paperweight Trust

The Portland Inn Project CIC

The Small Axe

The Toy House

The Wharton Trust

The Wilderness Foundation UK

The Young Foundation

Thinkfc and Coalville CAN CBS

Thorpe Edge Community Project

Three Parishes – Gobowen, St Martins and Weston Rhyn


Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation

Time and Talents


Trafford Veterans CIC

Transition Highbury

Transition Town Brixton

Trust for London

Tudor Trust

UK Community Foundations



Up Our Street



Voluntary Action LeicesterShire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire

Voluntary and Community Action Trafford

Voluntary Organisations Network North East

Volunteering Matters

Wakefield Music Collective

Wargrave Big Local

Warnborough Foundation CIO

Welsh Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

Welsh House Farm

West End Morecambe – Big Local


Windmill Hill Big Local

Wood Street Walls

Woodlands Speaks

Worsley Hall (Wigan) Community Resource Centre


YiS Young People’s Mental Health


Yorkshire in Business


Young Lives Consortium


Some members are Champions, who have decided to take a more active role in supporting the campaign. If your organisation is interested in becoming a Champion, please email CWF@localtrust.org.uk.  

Building Communities Trust


UK Trust Centre for London Community

CVS Connected Voice



East Riding Voluntary Action Service


Leapfrog Finance

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

London Funders

No5 Young People

Place Shapers

Salvation Army

Tempus Novo

The Counter Community of Stoke & North Staffs

Voluntary Organisations Network North East


The All-Party Parliamentary Group for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers that is committed to developing policy solutions for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods, has also been advocating on behalf of the proposal. 


The Community Wealth Fund Alliance Advisory Group represents the wider Alliance, providing strategic advice and direction to the campaign. The group includes representatives from People’s Heath Trust, NCVO, NAVCA, Race Equality Foundation, Small Charities Coalition, Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for England & Wales, brap, Newcastle City Council, Brookside Big Local, Social Enterprise UK and Local Trust.

We also have in membership John Lehal who is an experienced political campaign strategist. He ran his own consultancy for twelve years.

Local Trust provides the secretariat to the campaign.