Love Kingston Small Grants
The Love Kingston Small Grants Programme uses the donations it receives from local people and businesses to support charities and community organisations working in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
The grants of up to £3,000 are for charitable projects that take place within six months of receiving the grant. Priority will be given to organisations based in the Royal Borough of Kingston. We aim to make grants available on a particular theme, our current theme is ‘From Isolation to Inclusion’.
Love Kingston funds projects that encourage intergenerational activities which address poverty, disadvantage and isolation.
In addition, priority will be given to beneficiary groups (not in any particular order) including:
- young people,
- older people,
- unemployed, or those claiming out of work benefits.
Love Kingston Small Grants are currently closed for applications. The next grant round will open in 2020.
Small Grants Guidance Notes
You can apply for up to £3,000 to fund a project/activities that make a difference to the lives of children, young people, adults and older people, for example by:
- Enabling them to have opportunities to connect with each other positively and meaningfully.
- Creating an environment where they find it easy and beneficial to meet and engage with each other.
- Focusing on finding and implementing solutions to problems and issues they have identified.
Your application can be towards the costs of a new project or the development of an existing activity. Organisations that have applied to the fund before, whatever the outcome, can re-apply. If you were successful we may ask you for a report to update us on the work you have already undertaken.
Applications may be from single organisations or from organisations working in partnership.
- Your project must benefit children, young people, adults and/or older people living, working or studying in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
- You must have a Constitution (‘Set of Rules’), a bank account in your organisation’s name with two signatories and a document outlining your financial procedures.
- You must involve the children, young people, adults and/or older people in the design, delivery and steering of your project/organisation.
We expect the fund to be oversubscribed. We will, therefore, take into account the following:
- The potential impact of the work you are proposing to undertake (either in terms of achievable outcomes, numbers of people reached, and/or particular target groups or the wider community ‘social value’).
- The capacity/resources of your organisation to deliver the work you propose and achieve the outcomes within six months of receipt of funding.
- The inclusion of a realistic budget for the work.
What we won’t fund:
- Activities that do not fit our criteria.
- Capital costs or building works.
- Religious activity.
- Activities that have already taken place.
- Contribution to vehicle costs.
- Donations to other charities.
Our grants are administered by Love Kingston, with support from Kingston Voluntary Action. We anticipate a high number of applicants and not all will be successful.
- Groups can only make one application per round, though we welcome applications from organisations that have previously applied to Love Kingston, regardless of the outcome of that application.
- Love Kingston reserves the right to allocate a smaller grant than that applied for.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- The award committee’s decision is final.
- We will try to give feedback to applicants who request it, but we do not have the resources to go into detail. If an applicant is unsuccessful, we will try to offer guidance on finding alternative sources of funding.
- Successful applicants will receive payments upon receipt of an invoice to Love Kingston; payments may take up to 1 month from receipt of invoice.
- Grantees will be required to submit a short (one-page) report on the project/activities including a summary budget, within a year of the fund’s release. Grantees will be required to acknowledge Love Kingston's funding on any publicity material they produce – logos/guidance will be provided on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org They may also be asked to participate in publicity and/or fundraising material to promote Love Kingston.
2019 Small Grants
We gave grants of up to £3,000 to the following organisations for intergenerational projects:
- Anstee Bridge
The 'Ansty Pantry' involves young disadvantaged people creating and serving dishes to wider Kingston; engaging them in social activities and conversations with the public.
- Doxa Deo Community Church
A Duke of Edenborough Award project for young people to spend up to 12 weeks volunteering and learning about poverty issues locally through the Foodbank.
A course for parents and grandparents on how to manage sensory issues in children with disabilities.
- Milaap Multicultural Centre
A lifelong learning project for children and elders who have skills to teach and to learn from each other about diversity, prejudice, different foods and games.
- Refugee Action Kingston
An IT project for younger refugees to deliver IT sessions to older people to help them develop new digital skills.
- Richmond and Kingston ME Group
A survey to collect information from members of the organisation of all ages with ME to better understand their circumstances and the support they need to live and deal with the illness.
- Yorda Adventures
An outdoor play project for disabled children, their parents & grandparents to share parenting strategies and supporting one another as they learn about the outdoors and independence skills.