CVA and Croydon Commitment Launch Grassroots Grants

 CVA work in partnership with Croydon Commitment each year to offer small grants to voluntary and community groups in Croydon. 

This year in celebration of the 15th year, as well as a small grant Croydon Commitment will partner with up to 15 Croydon based charities and community groups for 12 months.

They will invest and partner with grassroots organisations across Croydon who have the expertise, networks and local knowledge to make sustainable change in our community. In addition to receiving their grant award, each successful award winner will have the benefit of working with the Croydon Commitment team and its business partners to provide added value from offering in-kind resources, mentoring and providing workshops on marketing, finance and insurance.

The fund is inviting proposals across five strategic pillars:

  1. Education
  2. Employment
  3. Environment
  4. Social Inclusion
  5. Health and Wellbeing

There is a pre-eligibility form to complete before proceeding to the application form.  You can apply online or download forms and email to
Please note that you will be asked a few details about your project as well as your organisation if you apply online and you cannot save the form and go back to it.  It could be a good idea to have a look at the form first - links and forms are below - to see what information is needed.

The deadline to complete the pre-eligibility form is 11am Tuesday 30th April 2019. 

You are strongly advised to read the guidelines before applying.

Access online pre-eligibility form

Download pre-eligibility form

Access online application form

Download application form

Download guidelines 

Need some extra support?
We are offering a support workshops on 29 April, download workshop flyer.


The deadline for your complete application is  7 May 2019, 11am


Any queries?


Croydon Commitment

Information on where to find funding

  • In our free weekly e-bulletin CVA Updates, which comes out every two weeks  
  • In our Latest Funding opportunities list
  • Through a free Grants search (Open4funding)

And improve your fundraising skills:

  • By attending our Fundraising training sessions
  • By getting our feedback on your completed funding applications, tips and suggestions on how to improve it, useful templates and resources ( 
  • By reading the Big Lottery tips on how to keep your outcomes clear, specific and realistic Read more

Partnerships & Fund Management

Partnership is the name of the game when it comes to winning bids and CVA has worked proactively to try and support local groups to come together as consortia or put in partnership bids. 

CVA also supports its partners to bring extra funding into Croydon VCS – via the Croydon Commitment to Grassroots Trust grants by managing the funds in a way that makes them accessible to all.

In 2016 The Grassroots Trust distributed £11,798 to six local groups.