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Our grant-making


LCRF awards grants of up to £1,000 every Spring and Autumn to multiple refugee projects across London for the purchase of phone credit, travel cards, hygiene items, nappies, and food, and for emergency payments, to give to the thousands of destitute asylum-seekers in London who come to them for help. LCRF grants cannot be used for course fees, rent, or ongoing costs. LCRF does not make grants directly to individuals.


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In 2023 the Fund received £48, 603 in donations.  With Gift Aid and the sale of Christmas cards, our total income was £59,530.  We made grants of £53,400 (our highest-ever figure) and incurred just £ 1,385 in overheads - half of which related to the printing and distribution of cards. That produced a surplus of £4,745 for the year.


In 2023, we were able to help 40 different organisations listed here with grants of up to £1,000. Grants are capped by the funds 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 supported in 2023


Action for Refugees Lewisham


African Refugee Community

Women against Rape
Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile
Babylon Migrants Project
Citizens of the World Choir

CAWS Homeless Project

CARAS Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Care for Calais

Christ Church Feltham
Cotton Tree Trust
Croydon Refugee Day Centre

Dost Centre for Young Refugees and Migrants
Freedom from Torture
Hackney Migrant Centre
Happy Baby Community

Haringey Migrant Support Centre

Hope for the Young
Housing Justice
Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Jesuit Refugee Service

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

Migrant Voice

Migrants Organise
New Citizens’ Gateway
NNLS Asylum Seekers Drop-in
Notre Dame Refugee Centre
Refugee Council
Room to Heal

Samphire Project

South London Refugee Association 

St James Church Piccadilly 

St. Martin in the Fields Sunday International Group

Schrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur

Union Chapel
Waging Peace
Waltham Forest Migrant Action

West London Welcome

Apply for a grant


How to apply


For Spring 2024 applications, the maximum grant an organisation 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.


Round 36 (Spring 2024)  Our Spring round is now open. You may also sign up for our email list to receive information including when the grants round is open. The Closing date for applications is Monday 29 April.


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


The forms can be accessed below, and you must use our latest form to apply.  Please note that we require Safeguarding Policies to be submitted for review at least every TWO years.  If the last time you sent us your policy was before the Spring 2022 application round, you will need to send an updated policy this time. If you have updated your safeguarding policy in the last two years, please send us the latest one.


Applications should be emailed to, as shown 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

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