Our Grants

2021 Small Grants

Kingston Charitable Foundation Small Grants Programme awards on average 3 grants of £500 per month, to organisations doing excellent work locally in our community, and will continue to do so throughout the year.

Our focus is on supporting local groups and small charities, that are working at the centre of our community, helping alleviate hardship.

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £500 to fund a project / activities, that will make a difference to the lives of children, young people, adults and older people, who live in the Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and are experiencing hardship.

  • Applications may be from single organisations or from organisations working in partnership. Closing date is the last date of each month.
  • Your project must benefit children, young people, adults and/or older people living, working, or studying in the 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/steering of your project/organisation.
  • Your organisation must have an annual income of under £100,000.

 As this fund is oversubscribed, we will take account of 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 two months of receipt of funding.
  • The inclusion of a realistic budget for the work.

What we won’t fund:

  • Capital costs or building or renovation works.
  • Religious activity.
  • Activities that have already taken place.
  • Donations to other charities.
  • Holidays.
  • Incomplete applications.

These Love Kingston grants are funded and administered by Kingston Charitable Foundation.  We anticipate a high number of applicants, and on average 3 applications will be successful each month.

• Kingston Charitable Foundation reserves the right to allocate a smaller grant than applied for.
• Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• We will try to give feedback to all applicants who request it. If an applicant is unsuccessful, we will try to offer guidance on finding alternative sources of funding.
• The award committee’s decision is final.
• Successful applicants will receive payments upon receipt of the grant agreement with Kingston Charitable Foundation; payments may take up to 1 month from receipt of the agreement.
• Grantees will be required to submit a short (one-page) report on the project/activities within a year of the fund’s release. It must include a summary budget and up to four high resolution photographs showing the activities plus approval for Kingston Charitable Foundation to use the photographs. Grantees may be asked to participate in publicity or fundraising material to promote Kingston Charitable Foundation and will be required to acknowledge the source of funding as Kingston Charitable Foundation on any publicity material they produce – logos/guidance will be provided on request. 

Please contact grants@kingstoncf.org.uk for more information and an application form.

Recent Grantees

Voices of Hope are doing incredible work locally already, and our award is going a long way in supporting their new initiative.  With the support of our grant, they are delivering cooking sessions to young people. The impact of these will be extremely positive to the young people attending as they will become more skilled, feel included and the mentoring aspect of this project will be of huge benefit. The food cooked at these sessions is being shared as meals at the end of each; those involved can also take a meal home to their families, and meals are also being given to the JOEL project, which is for the most in-need homeless (the JOEL project is run by KCAH, a former LK grantee).  The benefits of our grant is already far-reaching.


boy cooking


Crossways are already delivering excellent work with their programs, supporting children in schools around pregnancy / terminations and self-esteem.  Our grant will enable them to reach 180 more children, aged 14/15 years old, at Kingston Academy through their sessions. This will be impactful for their mental health.


woman holding her pregnant belly


Love Kingston grants have been awarded to 55 organisations, the total amount to date is in excess of £117,500. To see more examples of grants we awarded of up to £3,000 to local charities and organisations in the Borough of Kingston upon Thames go to our page Our Impact