Grants of up to £5,000 are being offered by Croydon Council in a scheme designed to tackle poverty and support the borough’s communities.
Croydon Community Grants launches on 1 July with the aim of supporting the outcomes and objectives of the council’s community strategy, the corporate plan, and the recommendations of the Opportunity and Fairness Commission.
The scheme will support activities run by Croydon’s community groups in three priority areas.
- Developing active and inclusive communities.
- Helping people care for each other’s health and well-being.
- Tackling poverty and social exclusion.
To be eligible for funding, projects must be based in Croydon and
- show good value for money;
- be from groups set up as not-for-profit; and
- be from groups established for more than 18 months, with audited accounts showing they are financially sound.
Anybody with a great idea that they would like to take further should visit www.croydon.gov.uk/croydoncommunitygrants for more details and to complete the pro-forma application online. Alternatively, they can upload a three-minute (maximum) video describing the project/idea. If the idea is found to have merit, the applicant will be invited to discuss it in more detail.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice
“Croydon is a place where the community already steps up and undertakes a huge amount of volunteering, celebration and other important community-based activities.
“This grant scheme is a great opportunity for small groups within communities to become more resilient, to develop their own ideas and do more for themselves. It will help us to help the community to deliver even more. I look forward to seeing some great and worthwhile ideas.”