Our grant-making


Grants are at the heart of what LCRF does. We do not work directly with refugees and asylum seekers but we make small grants to support the front line charities who do. Typically, our grants are used for hardship funds to buy travel cards, phone top-ups, food, hygiene packs or to help with English language classes.


In 2020 the Fund received £34,502 in donations. With Gift Aid, interest and the sale of Christmas cards, our total income was £42,437. We made grants of £36,353 (our highest-ever figure, up 7% on 2019) and incurred just £1,033 in overheads - most of which relates to the printing of cards. That left us with a surplus of £5,051 on the year.


In 2020 we helped the 29 different organisations listed here by making 45 grants of up to £850. Grants are capped by the funds we have available at the time of the awards.


In the rare cases when we reject an application it is normally because it is not felt to contribute directly to the relief of destitution among refugees and asylum seekers in London.

Organisations we supported in 2020:


Action for Refugees in Lewisham

African Refugee Community

All People All Places

Article 1 Charitable Trust

Asylum from Rape

Barnet Refugee Service

C4WS Homeless Project

Citizens of the World Choir

Cotton Tree

Croydon Refugee Day Centre

Freedom from Torture

Hackney Migrant Centre

Happy Baby Community

Housing Justice

Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

Jesuit Refugee Service

Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

London Catholic Worker - Refugee Shelter

London Jesus Centre

Migrants Organise


New North London Synagogue Destitute Asylum Seekers Drop-In

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

Refugee Council

Room to Heal


Streatham Drop-In Centre

West London Welcome

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Apply for a grant


How to apply


Please note that LCRF is a ‘small grants’ fund with typical awards between £300 - £1,000 each round, payable to charities / organisations (we do not pay money direct to individuals).  


For Autumn 2021 applications, the maximum grant you can apply for is £1,000.  As before, applications may be scaled back if resources are insufficient. The Fund’s Objects require us to support only work with destitute refugees and asylum-seekers in the London area.


Please download and read the Guidance Notes and Terms & Conditions carefully before completing your downloaded application form.


Round 31 (Autumn 2021) is now OPEN, with a closing date of Friday 29th October.  The forms can be accessed below and you must use our latest form to apply.  Please note the revised requirement regarding Safeguarding Policies which we now require to receive for review at least every TWO years.


Applications should be emailed to grants@lcrf.org.uk, as shown also on the form.

Dear Friend

On behalf of the London Churches Refugee Fund, I am pleased to invite organisations to apply for funds to support your work with asylum seekers and refugees. All applications must be made on the form that you can download from this site, and in accordance with our Terms & Conditions.

The Trustees are appreciative of the hugely difficult but valuable work that charities and community groups continue to perform and hope that the Fund will develop in such a way that it becomes a constant and reliable source of support.

With every good wish,

Revd Chris Brice

Chair of Trustees