We are aware of the increased pressure on our voluntary and community sector (VCS) as a result of the coronavirus. Here are details of the support available to our VCS community.

Croydon’s VCS COVID-19 emergency fund

This fund is now closed, but the council’s Community Grants will open from 1 August until 31 August.

In addition, the Community Ward budgets are open all year round.

Support for VCS groups that pay rent to the council

VCS groups that occupy council-owned buildings and are struggling to pay rent to the council can request a temporary rent payment deferral. Please email robert.lines@croydon.gov.uk with your request or for more information.

VCS groups who occupy council-owned buildings but pay their rent to a third party landlord, such as Croydon Voluntary Action, should contact their landlord to discuss arrangements.  

Other VCS COVID-19 funding available

London Community Response Fund: The Mayor of London has joined City Bridge Trust and London Funders to launch the first wave of this fund. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to local groups to provide food and essentials to London's most vulnerable.

Coronavirus Emergency Fund: launched by The Charities Aid Foundation, this fund is providing grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them continue to deliver much-needed support within communities.

The UFI Charitable Trustthe Trust is a grant-funding body, focussed on delivering an increase in vocational learning. The Trust is making grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 available to help training providers move towards remote learning. Applications close on 6 April 2020.  

South London Partnership Funding update April 2020 (PDF, 413.8 KB)

Croydon Voluntary action Funding for Support during Coronavirus Outbreak

Support for VCS groups in serious financial difficulty

VCS groups that were struggling financially before this crisis, and are now concerned that they cannot continue to provide services, can contact Kevin.J.McKenna@croydon.gov.uk to see if any further support is available.