Local community organisations and charities can be allocated funding, either separately in partnership. Applications may also be considered from ad hoc groups, individuals and statutory bodies, if their project fits with the funding criteria.  

Councillors may also use their budgets to facilitate local community activity, for example through hiring a room for a group to hold a meeting or for the printing of publicity materials.  

What ward budgets can fund

Funding criteria

To be eligible for funding through ward budgets, projects must:

  • improve the wellbeing of the ward community
  • be for one off expenditure with no expectation of future funding;
  • be for a minimum of £500; and
  • be for revenue or capital expenditure.

Ward budgets cannot be used for:

  • projects that create an ongoing maintenance cost for the council;
  • funding the mainstream activities of a commercial or voluntary sector organisation;
  • supporting any kind of political activity including lobbying or campaigning against the council or its agreed priorities; and
  • projects/proposals that would be unlawful for the Council to support.  

Funding for past projects


The types of projects that have been funded previously
Projects Project Summary Likely cost
Community Support Provision of kettle/coffee machine and refreshments for nurses in each clinical area £500
Education Set up a tablet and Wi-Fi dongle loan scheme for children who do not have home access £1333
Festive Lights These are very good for attracting business into a local area and are positive additions for a local community  £500 - £100
Events / Festivals Community engagement events e.g. Big Lunches, Pride, Get Together, youth events, scouts  £500 - £100


Each ward member is allocated £2,000 per year for use on community initiatives that will have a benefit to Croydon and to your wards. 

Unspent ward budgets cannot be rolled forward to the following financial year. Budgets have been allocated for a specific financial year and good practice is to spend where possible in the year of allocation.

A full breakdown of the ward budget for each ward can be found by visiting the community budgets for each ward page

Identifying projects to be funded 

Councillors are responsible for agreeing proposals to be put forward for funding. They may do this independently, with other councillors in their ward, or with other wards providing that each ward has identified the project as something that would benefit residents in all the participating wards.  

Councillors can identify projects in a number of ways:

  • agreeing their priorities at the start of the year and inviting applications that will further that agenda; this can be done in consultation with other ward councillors or the local community
  • seeking groups to come forward for specific community initiatives
  • allowing anyone to come forward with a proposition that meets the criteria to maintain funding flexibility; this may include community representatives, council officers or members of the public.  

Apply now

Applications for Community Ward Budgets are currently paused

Projects funded 

We will publish an annual report every summer setting out the projects funded and the outcomes achieved in each ward.