Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Grants
Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal
The Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal was launched to help the extraordinary demands that our local charities and community groups are dealing with because of Covid-19 Crisis.
Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Fund
The purpose of the Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal Fund is to provide grants to small local charities and community groups that deliver services to people living in the Royal Borough of Kingston. The Fund is now open for the first round of applications for small grants of up to £500. The Fund will be available to registered charities or constituted community groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 and that benefit people living in the Borough.
Grants are for charities and community groups who need financial support as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis, this could include:
- Funding for organisations that have incurred additional costs supporting communities, for example the costs associated with moving face-to-face services to online, or for additional phone costs.
- Grants related to an increase in demand for services due to the Covid-19 crisis, for example for providing food and essentials, or befriending services for people social-isolating or shielding.
- Grants related to an increase in demand for services, for example for mental health, employment or homelessness support.
There will be two grant rounds:
- The first round is for small grants of up to £500, the closing date is Friday 5th June, grants will be awarded in late June.
- The second round (pending the level of the appeal funds), we hope will be for grants from £500-£2,000 and will open in June for awarding in July.
The grant application form is available here.
To decide which applicants will receive funding, Love Kingston is appointing a Grants Panel made up of people who represent the diverse community living in the Borough.
We will publicise details of the grants on our social media, website and in the Kingston Voluntary Action e-bulletin. You can join their mailing list by emailing email@example.com
If you have any queries about the Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Kingston will continue to fundraise for the Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal after the first grants have been given.
Grant Guidance Notes
Before you start your application please read our Grant Guidance Notes carefully.
You can apply if your organisation is either:
- A registered charity
- Or a not-for-profit, voluntary or community group, in which case you must have a Constitution (a set of rules) or be working with a local registered charity to deliver your service.
- Your activities are for the benefit of residents of the Royal Borough of Kingston.
- Your organisation must have an annual income of less than £100,000.
- You have a governing document (Constitution, Articles of Association or equivalent) that shows how your organisation is run and managed.
- You have a minimum of three unrelated members on your Management Committee or Board of Trustees.
- You have a bank or building society account in the name of the organisation, with a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories.
- You have written financial procedures.
- You have a safeguarding policy.
If you can confirm all of the criteria above, your organisation is eligible to apply. If you have any further questions before you apply, you can book phone consultation (maximum duration 20mins) with our Director Miranda Jaggers, the slots are limited so please book a phone consultation here.
If your application is successful and your organisation is awarded a grant, you will be required to sign and return a Grant Agreement. After you have spent the grant we will require a short statement to report what your project/activity did and receipts to show the grant was spent.
In order to process your application, we need to record your details on our database. We will treat your data with respect; we will never sell it and we will store it securely. Please note that contact details and application, grant and monitoring information may be shared with Kingston Voluntary Action.
Love Kingston Small Grants
Love Kingston 2020 Small Grants applications are now closed. Thank you to all who have applied for this year's grants.
2019 Small Grants
We gave seven grants of up to £3,000 to local charities and organisations with charitable objects for intergenerational projects in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
- 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 Edinburgh 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.
You can find out more about who we have previously funded in Our Impact.