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 560 organisations from civil society, and the public and private sectors. Members include over 45 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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16-2-25 Advice Advocacy Action

3rd Age Hostelling and Housing/Sparkle Housing Co-operative.

4 Community Trust CiC

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

Active Community Enterprise

Acumen Academy UK

Age UK Doncaster

Age UK Thanet

Airedale Enterprise Services

All the Small Things CiC

Alridha Foundation

Alyth Development Trust

Ambassadors Football

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Arcade Group Dewsbury

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

Barrow Island Community and Sports Trust

Barrowcliff Big Local

Basingstoke Voluntary Action

Beechwood, Ballantyne & Bidston Big Local Partnership

Befriending Networks

Bell Green Community Centre

Belle Vue Community, Sports & Youth Centre

Berkshire Community Foundation

Better Way Recovery

Big 4 Littlemoor

Big Local Broad Green

Big Local Central Jarrow

Big Local DY10 HBG

Bilston People’s Centre

Bilston Resource Centre

Black Heroes Foundation

Blackhall Community Centre


Blue Dragonfly Resources Ltd

Bodie Hodges Foundation

Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise Ltd

Bolton at Home

Bountagu Big Local

Bradford Youth Development Partnership

Bradley Big Local Community Land Trust Limited


Briardale House Youth & Community Projects Ltd

Brighter Opportunities for Special People (BOSP)

British Blind Sport

British Science Association

Britwell Youth and Community Project

Brixton Pound

Bromley By Bow Centre

BUD (Lead Positive Change)

Build Aid

Build Community Development

Building Communities Trust

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service

Burnside Centre

Burton Hub Community Centre

Buttle UK

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service

Campaign for Better Transport

Canolfan Pentre CIO

Careby, Aunby & Holywell Village Hall

Carers Forward CIC

Carnegie UK

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

Chuter Ede Community Association CIO

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

Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust

Communities 1st

Communities Engage and Thrive

Community and Business Support CIC

Community Campus 87 Limited

Community Infrastructure Group CIC

Community Organisers

Community Southwark

Community Spirit Wirral (Community Food)

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



Daventry Volunteer Centre

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

Easington Social Welfare Centre

East Lancashire Model Railway Charitable Organisation

Eastfield Community Association

Eastside Community Trust

Emmaus UK

Energise Sussex Coast


Enterprise CUBE


Esolperth English Language Lessons

Ethical Business Exchange

Ewanrigg Local Trust

Families & Community Support Service


Ferries Family Groups

Fiesta FM

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

Four Estates

Frickley Athletic Community Foundation

Friends of Barnfield Estate Ltd

Friends of the earth

Friends Provident Foundation

FSN Charity

Fun 4 Kidz/L30 Community Centre

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

Goodwin Development Trust

Govanhill Baths Community Trust


GRASS Cliftonville CIC

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)

Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company

Grounded Community Charity


Groundwork Yorkshire

Growing Together Northampton

Hackney Playbus

Halifax Opportunities Trust

Hammersley Homes Ltd

Happy Stance Yoga Therapy

Happy Village

Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project

Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership

Hateley Cross Big Local

Havering Volunteer Centre

Health for All Leeds

Heart of England Community Foundation

Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust

Heart of Pitsea

Heart of Sidley

Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire

Heswall Disabled Children’s Holiday Fund

Highfields Community Association (t/a Highfields Centre)

Home-Start West Berkshire

Hope Not Hate

HOPE not hate Charitable Trust

Horden Youth & Community Centre

Hospice Hope



Hull Sisters

Human-Nature Escapes CIC


iCan Health and Fitness CIC

Ideas Alliance

Ideas Test


Impact Hub Birmingham CIC

In Kind Direct

Incredible Edible Marshland

Innovative Vision Organisation


Inspired Neighbourhoods CIC

Intergenerational Foundation

Jade Mutua Foundation Trust

JAGS Foundation

Jaywick Sands Community Land Trust

Jokes Arts Music

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Journey Enterprises Ltd

Kakamega Days For Girls

Katherine Low Settlement

KensingtonVision CIC

Kent Community Housing Hub

Kent Organic and Wildlife Gardening

Kidz Aware

Kindred Legacy

Kingswood and Hazel Leys

Kirkholt Million Big Local Partnership

Lancaster District CVS

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

Listen to Locals

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

Mizzi Boys Mentorship

Moorsley & District CIC

More Human

More In Common


My Clubmoor




National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

National Community Land Trust Network


Neighbourly Care

NEON Community Hub

Neston Community Youth Centre Ltd

Network for Justice

Network of Wellbeing

New Citizenship Project

New Leaf New Life CIC

New Local

Newark Sports Association

Newington Big Local

No5 Young People

North East Wellbeing

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust

Northwood Community Centre Association

Northwood Together

NWG Network

Olive Tree Cancer Support Group

One Knowsley

One Palfrey Big Local

Orchestras Live

Ore Community Centre


Oxfordshire Youth

Paddington Development Trust

Parr Sports & Community Centre

Partneriaeth Ogwen

People’s Health Trust

Permaculture Association

Persona Insight CIC

Peterborough Environment City Trust


Plastic Free Sheerness

Platform Thirty1

Plunkett Foundation

Plymouth Octopus Project (POP)


Positive Activities

PostScript360 Limited

Power to Change

Pro Bono Economics

Proverbs31Woman CIC

Quality of Life Foundation

R L Glasspool Charity Trust

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


Restore (York) LTD

Reviving the Heart of the West End

Revolutionary Roots Youth and Community Centre

Right to Succeed

Rooted In Homes

Roseworth Big Local

Rumbles Catering Project Ltd

Rural Coffee Caravan

Rushey Green Time Bank

S. W. Community Services

Saffron African-Carribean Centre CIC

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

Shoreham Football Club

Shores Centre

Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service

Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre Charitable Trust


Skimstone Arts

Small Charities Coalition

Smart Dog Education CIC

SO18 Big Local, Harefield, Townhill Park & Midanbury

SOAR Community

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

Southwark Pensioners Centre

Springfield & Beech Hill CommUnity

St Hilda’s East Community Centre

St Ives Community Land Trust

St James Street Big Local

St Lawrence Church

St Matthews Big Local (Leicester)

St Vincent’s Family Project

Starlings Support CIC

Station House

Stir to Action

Stockport User Friendly Fellowship

Stratford Town Trust

Streetlight UK

Sunbeam Forum LTD

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 Big League CIC

The Cares Family

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 Family Centre

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 Ubele Initiative

The Ware Charities

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

Thrive Trafford


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

UK Youth



Up Our Street

Urban Forest Collective

Use ‘Ya’ Loaf Community Interest Company

Venture Together



Voluntary Action LeicesterShire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire

Voluntary and Community Action Trafford

Voluntary Organisations Network North East

Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde

Volunteering Matters

Wakefield Music Collective

Wargrave Big Local

Warnborough Foundation CIO

Warriors Community Projects

Warwick Ahead

Welsh Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

Welsh House Farm

West End Morecambe – Big Local


Whitley Bay Big Local

Windmill Hill Big Local

Women’s Budget Group

Wood Street Walls

Woodlands Speaks

Worcester Community Trust

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

Carnegie UK

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, 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.