CVA Updates


Happy New Year from CVA to all our partners. We only have one New Year’s resolution. We will do all we can in 2023 to support the long-term sustainability of Croydon’s voluntary and community sector (VCS).

In the first instance, this means finding a way through the current funding crisis. Beyond that, it means consolidating the prevention and co-creation work that VCS groups specialise in – the work on which Croydon’s long-term recovery depends.


Croydon Funding Club starts this month

The Funding Club is designed to share skills and knowledge in order to build confidence when fundraising for your projects.Come and join Hilary Bell or email to learn more. 

The first face-to-face workshop session takes place on 7 February. 10am-12pm. Book here


Projects in Croydon

Music Relief, How to stay Healthy this Winter
Join Music Relief on Friday 17th February to discuss health services in Croydon, how to boost your immunity and hear about the LSBU Chiropractice Clinic for the Community. Book here.

The Change Foundation
The Change Foundation is holding a number of walking versions of cricket, netball and football for people aged over 55. New participants are warmly welcomed. Sessions are led by a coach and start with fun warm-up activities and build up to a game. All sessions are followed by a chat over tea and coffee. For details, contact the Change Foundation by email or phone 020 8669 2177. 

The Ojas Centre - Afro Dance Fusion

Afro Dance Fusion is a fusion of dance styles from jazz, West African, samba, belly dancing embracing world cultures represented in Croydon.  Sundays, 1-2.30pm, at the Active Communities Hub. Download flyer

Free Tai Chi classes
Tai Chi is a gentle way to increase health and wellbeing. Individuals of all ages and abilities can participate. Benefits include stress relief, improved mood and increased energy. Classes take place at the Active Communities Hub on Saturdays. Read flyer

Prince’s Trust - Get into Retail with Marks & Spencer’s (16-25)
Do you know a young person looking to gain experience for a career in the retail industry? The Prince's Trust has partnered with M&S on a free two-week programme for young people who are interested in retail. Work experience placements will be available in various locations, including Croydon. They main programme starts on 30 January. Email Charley for details 

ClearCommunityWeb opens new drop-in 

ClearCommunityWeb has opened their doors to a new Digital Drop-In in the Purley Cross Information Centre, Purley Cross Baptist Church, Banstead Rd, Purley.On Tuesdays, from 10am-12pm, you can come and get questions answered and problems solved with your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Read more

Join an event during Winter Energy Week

Croydon Healthy Homes is holding a week of free events to help residents manage energy during for the winter months. This will include information on energy grants and reducing fuel bills. Winter Energy Week runs from 30 January to 3 February. Book a place


Survey of sector's training needs
Croydon Council is asking leaders within the Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise and Faith (VCSEF) sector to complete a survey. The survey is designed to let the council know what topics and methods of training would be helpful to support your organisation in bidding for Council contracts and also partnering with the council's private sector suppliers to deliver their Social Value obligations. 
Deadline: 28 February. 
Complete survey

Government-funded leadership training
T2 provides government-funded ILM Leadership and Management qualifications. Their Leadership and Management Apprenticeships are delivered on a one-to-one basis in the workplace or virtually through video conferencing and online learning by a team of tutors and coaches.

Read more 

Be a Well-Being Hub, 8th February
This training, by South London Listens, is for organisations and volunteers who want to build a team to improve Mental Health. You will learn how to develop this team using community organising skills such as listening circles and relational conversations. Taking place at the Croydon Wellness Centre, Whitgift Centre, First floor, Unit 2040/42, CR0 1LP. From 10.30 am to 13.30.

London 'ABCD' Learning Centre: Managers/Trustees Session, 9th February 
Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) and the South West London ICS are providing training and support on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) across South West London for the CORE20 delivery partners and key NHS/Council colleagues. This online session is aimed at Managers and Trustees and will focus on 'Attracting funding for ABCD/ Connectors' and 'How to monitor and evaluate ABCD activity.'
Book here.

Upcoming funding deadlines

Croydon Relief in Need
The Relief in Need charity gives grants to Croydon residents of all ages who are in need, or facing distress or hardship, and to local and national organisations that help them. In 2023 there are two grant rounds of £110k each. Applicants must be a registered charity, CIC, not-for-profit company or a community group with a committee and constitution. CRiN funding is for the benefit of Croydon residents (they accept a minority may be from neighbouring areas). There is a focus on older people's projects at present. Organisations can apply for a maximum of £30,000. 
Deadline: 21 February. 

Cornerstone Croydon
London Youth,
 The Brandon Centre and Power the Fight have partnered to roll out Cornerstone CroydonThe collaboration will enable the youth sector to develop community-based, culturally competent interventions to improve young people’s post-pandemic mental health. We'll work with 40 youth workers over 18 months (2-3 from each organisation) who are offered clinical supervision and training, and 160 young people on pilot projects across the borough (20 from each organisation). Funding is £5,000 (including £3000 which is ringfenced for the pilot community-based early intervention that will be delivered in the programme's second half). More information and the link to the application form are here. Closing date for applications is Sunday 12th February 2023.

To support you in the application process we have produced a rigorous Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and are running 2 Q&A Workshops hosted on Zoom. To register click the link for the 45-minute session that works for you: Friday 27th January 12pm or Tuesday 31st January 2pmYou can also book in a 30-minute advice call with the Programme Manager via the button here or you can email any queries you have and we’ll get back to you as soon as

Synergi Small Grants Fund
The Synergi Small Grants Fund offers small grants to groups led by Black people and people of colour with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress or trauma, to take action on mental health and racial justice. 
Deadline: 29 January.

The MSE Charity 
The MSE Charity supports projects that make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. 
Deadline: 31 January. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation's Specialist programme 
Funding for small, local, specialist charities. This funds charities that understand the complexity of the issues people face and are best placed to make a genuine difference in people’s lives.
Deadline: 3 March. 

The Hodge Foundation
The Hodge Foundation supports charities working with people who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged and who need assistance to improve their lives. This includes a variety of causes and groups including older people, homeless, disabled people, special needs and those with mental health issues.
Deadline: None given.

The Britford Bridge Trust
The Britford Bridge Trust is a charitable trust that donates funds to charities primarily involved in the prevention or relief of poverty; the advancement of education; the advancement of health or the saving of lives; and the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage, or science.
Deadline: 30 March. 

BME Youth
BME Youth is inviting clubs, groups, associations and organisations to apply for Together Fund to deliver sports and physical activities to culturally diverse communities, disabled people, lower socioeconomic groups and people with long-term health conditions to improve their health and wellbeing.
Deadline: 31 March.



Through easyfundraising 7,000 online retailers - such as Amazon, eBay, Just Eat, Trainline and Sainsbury’s - will donate to your organisation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. It means everyday online spending turns into a continuous income stream your organisation can put to good use. Read more

Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund provides support for vulnerable residents. Funds will be distributed to Croydon residents before 31 March 2023 and the council wants to make sure that the fund reaches as many residents as possible. 

Carers are encouraged to make a direct application to the fund to support with food and fuel costs. Direct applications can be made by households to fund food, emergency fuel top-ups, fuel and water bills, essential household items and boiler repairs. The scheme welcomes the support of our voluntary and community sector partners in signposting residents to the Fund. 
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