The London Churches Refugee Fund raises money to give small grants to organisations assisting destitute refugees and asylum-seekers.
We supported these organisations in 2018:
Action for Refugees in Lewisham
African Refugee Community
Article 1 Charitable Trust
Barnet Refugee Service
Black Women's Rape Action Project
Croydon Refugee Day Centre
Freedom from Torture
Hackney Migrant Centre
Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Jesuit Refugee Service
Just for Kids Law
Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network
London Catholic Worker
London Jesus Centre
New North London Synagogue
Notre Dame Refugee Centre
Refugee Action Kingston
Room to Heal
South London Refugee Association
Southwark Day Centre
Streatham Drop-In Centre
Sufra NW London
Our income and grants
In 2018 the Fund received £24,878 in donations – a drop of over £4,000 from 2017, attributable to lower donations from churches and organisations. With Gift Aid and interest, our total income was £28,783.
We made grants of £31,182 (down £2,498), reducing our balance carried forward by £2,746.
In 2018 we helped 29 different organisations (three of which were first-time applicants) with grants of up to £850 in the spring and £800 in the autumn. Food parcels, toiletries, hygiene packs, travel cards and help with ESOL classes remain the most usual requests.
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.
If you are an organisation seeking support, you will need to apply on our form by the twice-yearly deadline. All the information you need is on the "Grant Forms" tab: