Sources of Funding

Sources of Funding 2020-01-02T11:57:26+00:00

There are various sources of funding available to businesses, start-ups and voluntary and community organisations from grants, loans to crowd funding. Below is a list of funding opportunities with deadline dates.

Croydon’s Green Fund 
Grants for projects, activities and initiatives that promote environmental protection, green living and a sustainable lifestyle in Croydon.  Grants between £1,000-£15,000 for small/medium projects and between £15,000-£50,000 for medium/large projects.  Grants will be made three times a year.

The One Croydon Alliance is seeking to fund local voluntary and comunity groups to provide services or activities that will help reduce social isolation and loneliness.  The service aims to target people over 55 with complex health or care needs including those with dementia and mental health conditions.
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January 2020 deadlines

10 January 2020
Croydon Subway Competition
Do you have an innovative idea for how Croydon’s subways could be transformed? @I Love Croydon is launching a new idea competition, and you could win £500!

13 January 2020
Nesta: Alternarratives
An open call for bold creative ideas that explore new ways to tell a story and push the boundary of how literature is consumed. This competition is aiming to encourage storytellers to imagine how short-form fiction could help re-engage young people at secondary school with the act of reading for pleasure.

20 January 2020 (deadline 9am)
Mayor of London: UEFA Grants Programme
The aim of the above programme is for all Londoners to have the chance to engage with EURO 2020 by creating positive, meaningful opportunities for local communities across the capital. Successful grant applications will enrich and bring communities together, tackle prejudices, improve health and break down barriers.  Have an idea?  No matter how big or small, they want to hear your pitch.  You can apply for more than one strand if you wish.

29 January 2020

CareerTech Challenge Prize 
Unlocking employment opportunities for the future.

31 January @12noon
Woodward Charitable Trust
Smaller organisations that often find core costs hard to fund can benefit from one-year grants of up to £3,000 as part of the Woodward Charitable Trust’s revised grants scheme.

NatWest SE 100
The above awards celebrate the growth, impact and resilience of social ventures in the UK each year – by naming the most impressive 100 social enterprises of the year in the SE100 Index, and presenting awards to eight outstanding achievers.  There are eight categories: growth; impact; trailblazing; newcomer; resilience; storyteller; leadership; investment and environment.

31 January
Unltd Thrive Accelerator
Funding, coupled with expert advice, is now available for social-purpose businesses to help people encountering barriers to employment, including the disabled, ex-offenders and the homeless.

February 2020 deadlines

5 February
D M Thomas Foundation
Registered charities working in areas of health/education can apply for a grant to help disadvantaged children.

14 February
Education Endowment Fund
New round of the School Choices Fund which is open to organisations research teams that are able to conduct studies to help the raise the standards of underperforming schools.

19 February
LCF: 2020 Impact Awards Powering Youth

Highlighting the positive impact of charities and groups that are working to tackle youth violence and provide a positive future for children and young people who are at risk of violence.  Three categories:  Best Youth Voice; Best Innovator; Best Collaborator and Young Leader with Impact.

23 February
Greggs Foundation

We are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. We are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. We do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work

26 February @5pm
Active and Assisted Living:
Smart Ageing Prize
Focused on Senior Enterprise and aimed at increasing the number of older adults participating in entrepreneurial ventures. Individuals, groups and organisations located in the EU 28 countries are eligible to apply for a share of the €50,000 Prize pot.

Rolling funding

L&Q Place Makers Fund
Grants to local groups and charities sharing a passion and commitment to changing lives and enhancing communities.  Activities should deliver one of the three following outcomes:  education; health and wellbeing; isolation and exclusion. Applications will be looked on the 1st day of each month @12noon.

Get Up Rise Up Action Fund
The above fund is in a six month trial period making resources available to local groups that often find themselves underfunded or under-resourced and who are planning creative direct actions as part of an ongoing campaign.  Priority will be given to African groups during the trial period but will not necessarily be limited to that.  Applications will be looked at each month.

Allen Lane Foundation 
New funding programme – Social Cohesion – to provide support to local communities working at a grassroots level. Priority will be given to applications from areas of high deprivation.
Other programmes are:  asylum seekers and refugees; gypsy and traveller communities’; migrant communities; offenders and ex offenders; older people; people affected by violence or abuse; people with mental health problems.
They are next looking at applications prior to February 2020 Trustee Meeting.


 Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The above grant makers have highlighted the need to use digital to attract younger In their latest review report (which you can download below) they are focusing on increasing diversity e.g. using an online forum for peer networking which currently has ‘limited engagement’ and presents an opportunity to adapt this approach.

New! £25m Safer Street Fund 
The Home Secretary has launched a £25 million fund to prevent burglary and theft in crime hotspots.  The fund will be open to bids from Police and Crime Commissioners for projects aimed at preventing acquisitive crime.
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New! £2m Fund to tackle Loneliness
The Government have announced the above which aims to support  frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them make friends. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups.
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FREE Funding Support and Resources
London Sport provides free funding advice and a number of resources to help organisations including dos and don’ts of writing a funding bid and developing an evidence base. We also provide a free Check and Challenge to proof-read applications. Contact them by clicking here.

Investment/Grant Opportunity
CIP (Community Impact Partnership) is a joint initiative between four leading housing associations: Clarion; L&Q; Orbit; Peabody Trust.  Offering blended investments/grants of between £25,000-£150,000 to support organisations working in local communities.
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Loans & Grants

Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund

The Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund is a growth programme designed to support businesses in Croydon to access finance in order to start or grow a business. The scheme is managed by London Small Business Centre and Enterprise for London on behalf of Croydon Council.
The Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund offer expert practical support to help businesses get ready to apply for finance. Since 2008 the loan fund has gone on to provide £3m of finance to over 300 local businesses that have received loans ranging from £1,000 to £50,000.

To find out more contact: or call: 07515 051023.

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Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF)

The fund was launched by the Mayor of London back in May and comprises of both debt finance and equity investments. The FSE Group will be managing the £55million debt fund. The fund will be providing support for new and established small to medium enterprises that are located in one of the 33 London Boroughs.

The fund will also focus on industries identified as important for the capital’s economy by the Mayor in his Economic Development Strategy. These include cultural and creative industries, financial and business services, life sciences, low carbon and environmental goods and services, tech and digital, and tourism. The fund is open to all businesses and places a strong focus on supporting women-led businesses and entrepreneurs from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Expansion loans are available from between £100,000 and £1million, and can be used to fund sales and marketing activities, hiring new staff, new product development or to help businesses entering new markets. We are looking to work with Croydon businesses to promote the funds objectives, so any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Coast to Capital Funding and Grants

Coast to Capital has a number of funding, grant and loan opportunities available to private sector and public sector organisations to support business growth in Croydon, East Surrey, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and West Sussex. This funding comes from our allocation from the Government’s Growth Deal and the European Structural & Investment Fund which both support business growth.

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Innovate UK Business Innovation

Guidance for business and academic organisations on what funding they can get to test ideas and develop innovative products and services.

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Crowd Funding


Croydon LIVE is also here to provide a platform for Croydon’s communities to develop, fund and launch their own projects to create and enliven fantastic new public spaces.

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European Funds

European Social Fund

The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work.

The European Union is committed to creating more and better jobs and a socially inclusive society. These goals are at the core of the Europe 2020 strategy for generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU. The current economic crisis is making this an even more demanding challenge. The ESF is playing an important role in meeting Europe’s goals, and in mitigating the consequences of the economic crisis – especially the rise in unemployment and poverty levels.

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European Investment Fund

Our central mission is to support Europe’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. To this end, we aim at satisfying existing and future market needs by designing innovative financial products addressed to our partners (banks, guarantee, leasing and microfinance institutions, private equity and venture capital funds, among others), acting as our financial intermediaries.

By offering an Integrated Risk Finance Product Range of SME finance to our intermediaries, we complement the products offered by the European Investment Bank (EIB) with which we form the EIB Group.

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