Applications for the Culture Relief Fund are now closed.

At the beginning of April, Croydon Council launched the Culture Relief Fund in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cultural organisations were hit early by the economic impact of the lockdown, with creative activities, theatres and other entertainment venues among the first to close their doors.

Organisations that have been funded

The £135,000 Cultural Relief Fund, allocated to 38 organisations over three rounds, has provided programme funding for cultural activity and also emergency funding to support cultural organisations in danger of closing as a result of the health crisis.

Grants averaging £3,401 were awarded to various organisations. 

  • Talawa Theatre Company who are working on their production Tales from the Front Line. Using verbatim interviews from black key and front line workers, and with humour and hope, Tales from the Front Line will be an online experience exploring the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on the communities most affected by the pandemic.
  • We Tango Together in partnership with Apsara Arts have been running weekly online Tango lessons to keep people active and fit.
  • Birdgang, a leading UK creative company that creates, teaches and distributes avant garde dance content for stage, theatre, TV and film have as a result of the CRF funding managed to keep their offices at Stanley Halls and were commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England to produce a dance film under covid-19 lock-down conditions.  The piece Flying Home has been on BBC iPlayer since Wednesday 8th July and brings cutting edge choreography to the nation’s screens as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative.
  • Savvy Theatre Company an award-winning company, creating ambitious, inclusive productions and theatre experiences that bring different groups of people together. With their physical theatre space temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, the SAVVY Summer Season moved online with The Mixed Bean season. 
  • Cotch Up Cronx in partnership with The Oval Tavern was set up to give musicians a platform to perform to an online audience through live streams, direct from the artists’ homes to yours.
  • Writerz&Scribez delivered 100 creative well-being packs to homeless people housed in hotels at the height of the pandemic.

Cultural Partnership and Youth Arts

Croydon’s Cultural Relief Fund included council funding diverted from the Cultural Partnership and Youth Arts Funds, both of which are now suspended, and Greater London Authority (GLA) funding, awarded to Croydon as part of its Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) grant.

Full list of all 38 organisations who have received a grant: