London Borough of Croydon

The Croydon Culture Relief Fund 

The Cultural Partnership Fund and the Youth Arts Fund have been suspended from 1 April 2020 and are being replaced by a new Croydon Culture Relief Fund to help with the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Croydon Culture Relief Fund has 2 strands:

  • emergency funding to support cultural organisations that are in danger of closing
  • programme funding to support cultural activity during the health crisis 

Organisations that are based or work in Croydon are eligible to apply.

All applicants are asked to discuss their application with the culture team via before applying. 

Individuals are not eligible but we would consider an application in partnership with an organisation delivering for Croydon.

We will be looking for applications that support the diversity of Croydon’s cultural scene and its community, with a strong focus on accessibility and openness to all.

Bids will be assessed on a monthly basis with deadlines for the first 3 months as follows 

April:       Thursday 30 April 
May:        Friday 29 May
June:       Tuesday 30 June

Funding decisions will be made as quickly as possible. We hope that the majority of bids will be processed within 2 weeks and will be confirmed by email. 

Funding available

£135,000 has been allocated to the Relief Fund from Croydon Council and the GLA via Croydon’s Creative Enterprise Zone. We would like to support as many projects / organisations as possible. We expect the majority of grants to be between £2,000 and £5,000 and would only fund a higher amount in exceptional circumstances. 

How to apply

Complete the online application form

Select which strand of the funding you are applying for.

If applicable, copy of application / sponsorship proposal to additional funders for which funding is sought:

  • constitution or other governing document (signed on the front page by the chair or a member of your management committee if you do not have the original copy)
  • recent bank statement (within three months) which must include the following account number, sort code and name of the account (for example, Anytown Arts Group)
  • copy of your most recent annual accounts 
  • copy of your current organisational and project budgets 


How will we prioritise applications?

For Emergency Funding bids. Priority will be given where organisations:

  1. Have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support 
  2. Have already tried other options to stop being at risk such as Business Rate Relief, The Business Grants, CIBLS Loans etc
  3. Are in greater financial risk due to limited reserves 

For programme activity bids. Priority will be given where organisations:

  1. Support the diversity of Croydon’s cultural scene and its community, with a strong focus on accessibility and openness to all 
  2. Involve communities particularly affected by COVID-19.

For all Bids: Due to high demand for the funding, lower priority will be given to organisations that:

  1. Are better placed to access funding from other sources 
  2. Have significant and ongoing resilience issues pre-dating the COVID-19 emergency. 

What won’t we fund?

Through the fund, you can apply for a grant to cover unavoidable costs you will otherwise be unable to meet for up to six months. You should only apply for essential costs 
We will not fund:

  1. Costs that are eligible to be covered by Government support 
  2. The remaining 20% salary costs for staff on furlough 
  3. Costs that are avoidable in the short term 
  4. Costs incurred beyond six months from the point of your application 
  5. Anything that contravenes Governments’ advice on COVID-19.

Further information

For more information or if you have any questions, email

The Mayor of London Culture at Risk Office

If you are an arts organisation, business or individual working in the cultural sector, creative industries or night-time economy in London, please visit the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk page to register your details for support, guidance and resources