Recommissioning – 2019 2019-05-23T14:20:24+00:00

Background and Prospectus

In 2016 The Council’s redesigned its main funding programme to ensure it supports the capacity building and sustainability of the third sector in Croydon. The Community Fund is a voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) commissioning programme that delivers on the outcomes set out in the Council’s corporate plan and also on the key recommendations of the Opportunity and Fairness Commission.

Outcomes Commissioning Process – Over £15k


  •  Details the 5 outcomes and provides ideas of what we are looking for
  •  Provides guidance on how to apply for the Outcomes Procurement


  • Questions about yor organisation (are you eligible?)
  • Questions about yor proposal (is the proposal high quality and meeting the needs of residents?)


  • Breakdown of what you will spend the money on (is the proposal value for money?)

Part 1 Engagement Events

On 8 April we launched the Council Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Strategy 2019-2023 (www.croydon.gov.uk/voluntarycommunitystrategy). Outlining how the council wants to work in partnership with VCS organisations and groups.

We are inviting you to attend our engagement events as part of the preparations to recommission Croydon Council’s Community Fund. These provide VCSE organisations and groups with an opportunity to shape both the commissioning approach and the support the council will offer to you during the commissioning process.

We have held a number of Part 1 engagement sessions where we clarified the support you need and gathered your views about the commissioning process.

Presentation from Part 1 Engagement Events

Part 2 Engagement Events

We will now be hosting part 2 engagement sessions.  These events will provide critical information that you must understand to bid successfully for funding. At Part 2 events we will confirm the commissioning process and launch the prospectus and programme of support.

We value the input of the Croydon VCS highly and hope you will attend to enable us to take account of your views in developing our approach.

Please choose from the dates below and book your place.

Tuesday 21 May at 13:00 – 15:00 at Croydon Conference Centre, Surrey Street

Tuesday 28 May at 13:00 – 15:00 at the Hampton by Hilton, Dingwall Road

Wednesday 29 May at 15:00- 17:00 at the Hampton by Hilton, Dingwall Road

Support Package of Workshops

The Council are jointly running a support package of workshops and drop-in sessions for the VCS organisations to develop and submit bids fo rthe recommissioning of the Community Fund 2019.

The workshops include:

  • Becoming commissioning ready (partnerships, eligibility and application process)
  • Demystifying Financials
  • How to register and naviage on the London Tenders Portal
  • Guidance on how to write a good bid
  • Reveiwing bids (note: these sessions are for reviewing  bids and providing general support.  They will not include writing bids for organisations)
  • Submitting and Uploading Bids
View support sessions


GRANT –  Under £15k COMMISSIONING  –   Over 15K
April & May VCS engagment to inform the commissioning process April & May VCS engagment to inform the commissioning process
June – September Support sessions for the VCS June Tender process opens
September Grant process opens June – September Support sessions for the VCS
October Grant process closes October Tender process closes
November Evaluations Oct and Nov Evaluations
December Decisions and grants awarded December Decisions and contracts awarded
January – March Decommissioning support January – March Decommissioning support
April 2020 New grant agreements go live April 2020 New contracts go live


Useful Documents