Commissioning the Community Fund 2020-2023 2019-10-01T09:30:41+00:00

In this section you will find information about:

How much you can bid for

Whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Commissioning opportunities – Outcomes Programme

The support on offer


How much can I bid for?

BIDS UNDER £15,000

If you would like to bid for up to £14,999 per year you will need to make your application through the small grants process. Applications are now open.  For further information and application form visit the Community Grants page on the Councils website.

BIDS OVER £15,000

You will need to bid through the commissioning process.

Am I eligible and how do I apply?

If you are a not-for-profit or non-statutory organisation, who work (or plans to work) within the Croydon Borough you’re likely to be eligible.

Please use our guide to check your eligibility and see how to apply.

Outcomes Programme – Commissioning Process for bids over £15,000 per year

On the 6th June 2019, the Council launched the Outcomes Commissioning Programme which invites bids from organisations who deliver or plan to deliver in Croydon. Proposed services should contribute to one or more of the Council’s priority outcomes which are listed below:

  • Outcome 1: People live long, healthy, happy and independent lives
  • Outcome 2: Our children and young people thrive and reach their full potential
  • Outcome 3: Access to homes and prevention of homelessness
  • Outcome 4: Everyone feels safer in their street, neighbourhood and home
  • Outcome 5: Everybody has the opportunity to work and build their career

If you are interested in bidding for the Outcomes Programme,  the key document you will need to read is the Outcomes Programme Prospectus which provides information on the key outcome themes which the Council wants to commission, as well as a guide on how to apply through the commissioning process for bids over £15,000 per year and how bids will be evaluated.

Through the development of the other 4 tendering opportunities as part of the Community Fund, the Council wish to make the following minor amendments to the Outcomes Prospectus to clarify our position:

  • Organisations may choose to submit bids for projects relating to asset based community work.
  • Bids which deliver wrap around support services for Carers, which are separate but compliment the main Carers Service tender, can bid for the Outcomes Programme.
  • Explicit reference to wrap around services to support residents living in Special Sheltered Accommodation will be included
  • Successful bidders will be required to join the Council’s e-market place/directory of services
  • Match funding is defined as any funding streams, external to the Council, which have been secured by the organisation to deliver the project. Organisations should outline these funding streams and the funding amount secured in the Budget Template which they need to complete and submit with the Tender Application Form. Match funding will be viewed positively and considered as part of the value for money assessment.
  • Organisations can bid for the Community Fund even if they are in receipt of other Council funds as long as the stipulations below are met:
  • The community funding is used to support different projects or to extend/upscale a project currently being funded or roll it out to a different part of the borough.
  • All Council funding should be included in the budget template and identified as such
  • If the organisation successfully secures Community Funding, this should be declared when applying for additional Council funds.
  • The terms of existing funding do not preclude an application for further council funding
  • Failure to adhere to the above principles, would preclude organisations from bidding for the Community Fund 2020 – 2023.

The following documents will then need to be completed and submitted through the London Tenders Portal:

  • The Tender Application Form which asks questions about your organisation and your proposal. You will need to complete this in full and return it by the deadline of 1st October 2019 at 12 noon.
  • The Budget Template updated 29.7.2019 which asks you to outline a breakdown of costs for your bid. The budget template spreadsheet has been updated with a minor error now fixed. Please ensure you use this updated spreadsheet with the date 29.7.2019 when completing your bid. You will need to complete this and return it by the deadline of 1st October 2019 at 12 noon.

It is highly recommended that you register on the portal as soon as possible. This Tender opportunity is now open

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions here.  If you have a question not listed please email communityfund@croydon.gov.uk

What support will I get?


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 have held a number of part 1 and part 2 engagement sessions where we provided critical information that you must understand to bid successfully, confirmed the commissioning process and launched the prospectus and programme of support.

The slides from these sessions are below:

Presentation from Part 1 Engagement Events
Presentation from Part 2 Engagement Events


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

The workshops include:

  • Becoming commissioning ready (partnerships, eligibility and application process)
  • Demystifying Financials
  • How to register and navigate 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

If you have any questions about the Community Fund please email communityfund@croydon.gov.uk or call 02087605584


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