The London Churches Refugee Fund raises money to give small grants to organisations assisting destitute refugees and asylum-seekers.
We supported these organisations in 2019:
Action for Refugees in Lewisham
African Refugee Community
Article 1 Charitable Trust
Barnet Refugee Service
Black Women's Rape Action Project
C4WS Homeless Project
Croydon Refugee Day Centre
Freedom from Torture
Hackney Migrant Centre
Happy Baby Community
Haringey Migrant Support Centre
Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Jesuit Refugee Service
Jewish Council for Racial Equality
Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network
London Catholic Worker - Refugee Shelter
London Jesus Centre
New N.London Synagogue Dest Asylum Seekers Drop-In
Notre Dame Refugee Centre
Praxis Community Projects
Room to Heal
St James' Church, Piccadilly
Sufra NW London
West London Welcome
Our income and grants
In 2019 the Fund received (unaudited figures) £29,436 in donations – an increase of approaching £5,000 on 2018. With Gift Aid, interest and the sale of Christmas cards, our total income was £34,385.
We made grants of £33,850 (up by a little less than £3,000 on 2018) and incurred £490 in printing and other costs. This left us with a surplus of £45 on the year.
In 2019 we helped 31 different organisations listed on the right, five of which were first-time applicants, with grants of up to £700, limited by the funds we had available. 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: