Lambeth: New Voluntary and Community Sector grant fund announced

5 July 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council has launched a new fund for Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups in the borough that are running projects tackling the cost of living crisis.

VCS organisations in Lambeth have seen increased demand for their services from those most in need, because of inflation sending prices in the shops spiralling upwards, and big rises in energy bills.

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Lambeth: New Voluntary and Community Sector grant fund announced

As part of Lambeth Council’s £10 million Cost of Living support package, the small grants programme, worth £250,000, aims to help relieve some of the pressure on their resources.

Cllr David Amos, Cabinet Member for Finance and Cost of Living said: “Communities in Lambeth continue to face enormous challenges because of the cost of living crisis. These difficulties have had a knock-on effect on our VCS organisations, who are now in dire need of support.

“We know that Lambeth’s VCS groups know our communities well, do invaluable work and offer vital services. This small grants programme will help them access crucial funding so they can continue helping their communities, particularly those in greatest need.”

Organisations can apply for five different amounts, ranging from £2,000 to £20,000, with applications opening on July 5.
The funding will go to organisations showing an understanding of the crisis and the actions needed to reduce its impact on the communities they support. The fund is designed to improve on last year’s successful warm spaces fund that supported over 30 organisations to keep their doors open over winter for those unable to heat their homes.

Community research and feedback from faith and VCS organisations has shown they are uniquely placed to understand, design, and implement measures to support the communities they serve.

More information on Lambeth’s £10million cost of living support programme and the support available to residents can be found at  The cost of living programme is funded by a combination of central government grants (Household Support Fund and Council Tax Support Fund) and additional council funding.