London Borough of Croydon

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Croydon has one of the largest populations of under 25's in London and we are keen to see more cultural projects, programmes and events taking place in the borough by and for young people. There are 4 strands to the fund:

1.    Youth Arts Fund – Organisation grants 

Grants of up to £7,500 are available for projects where young people (under 25) are actively involved in the development, leadership and delivery of your project. Priority will be given for projects involving young people not previously involved with the arts and from disadvantaged groups and to projects that increase access and participation. There is no specific requirement for partnership funding but we would expect not to be the sole funder.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications in advance with the culture team - culturegrants@croydon.gov.uk

Eligibility

Organisations must be non-profit and be at least informally constituted which means having a bank account in the name of the group with at least 2 signatories. Individuals are not eligible to apply unless in partnership with another organisation.

Timetable

There is a rolling deadline and bids will be assessed (usually) on a monthly basis.  Funding will only be allocated to projects that meet the minimum criteria and payment is conditional on the partnership funding being secured.

The funding decisions will be made by the Creative Director in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Culture. Decisions will (usually) be made within 6 weeks of submission and will be confirmed by email.

Please note Youth Arts Fund - Organisation cannot match previously secured funding as they are designed to help your organisations gain the match. Any award made will only be released once the match funding is confirmed. If your match-funding bid is not successful the award from this scheme will be withdrawn.

How to Apply

  • Talk to one of the culture team in advance of making an application to ensure you are eligible and about the amount of partnership funding to apply for.
  • Complete this simple online application form (make sure you have all documents ready)
  • Include a full copy of your application to the external funding organisation.  

Email any questions to CultureGrants@croydon.gov.uk

2.    Youth Arts Fund – individual grants 

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for the development of new ideas and projects by young people (under 25). Priority will be given for projects that are not easily funded by other grant schemes, that explore new ways of engaging young people and that expand audiences for music, dance, film and performance in Croydon. There is no requirement for partnership funding and individuals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be resident, studying or working in Croydon

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications in advance with the culture team - culturegrants@croydon.gov.uk
Applications should be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks before the start date of the project. Retrospective awards will not be made.

You can download the application form here Youth arts Fund Individual Grants

3.    Youth Arts Fund - Partnership Funding

Grants of up to £7,500 for match funding to support bids to other funders eg Arts Council England and the Big Lottery. Match funding is generally around 25% but can be up to 50%. Funds are only available to support projects that are bringing in other funding to the borough and are ultimately dependent on that funding being confirmed. 

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications in advance with the culture team - culturegrants@croydon.gov.uk

Applications should be submitted a minimum of 6 weeks before the start date of the project. Retrospective awards will not be made.
Organisations must be non-profit and be at least informally constituted which means having a bank account in the name of the group with at least 2 signatories. Individuals are not eligible to apply 
You can download the application form here Youth Arts Fund - Partnership Funding

Project Delivery

Projects must take place in Croydon, but may be part of initiatives taking place across London, have a demonstrable public benefit and help support the development of the cultural sector in Croydon.

How to Apply

  • Talk to the culture team in advance of making an application about your project and the amount of funding to apply for
  • Complete the relevant application downloadable from the links above 
  • Include required supplementary information including a full copy of your application to the external funding organisation if you are applying for partnership funding
  • Email to: CultureGrants@croydon.gov.uk

Advice & Support

If you need advice and support or have a question, please contact the culture team - culturegrants@croydon.gov.uk Telephone: 020 8604 7029
Application forms available in large print. One to one support offered to complete forms.

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