Kingston Voluntary Action, the infrastructure support charity for Kingston’s Voluntary and Community Sector, helped 5 local groups successfully apply for over £90,000 from the Lowell Fund, which funds projects in Kingston and Elmsbridge that are working to support children and young people who are facing disadvantage. 

The successful Kingston groups, and the grants received, were:

  • Refugee Action Kingston (RAK) - received £17,413
  • Express CIC– received £19,095
  • Superhighways – received £19,991 2
  • Kington Advocacy Group (KAG) - received £17,000
  • Oxygen – received £19,993

KVA’s Funding, Evaluation and Outcomes Officer, Sanja Djerc-Kane, notified relevant local groups of the opportunity with the Lowell Fund and encouraged them to apply. She helped the groups with various levels of support, based on their needs and experience. From clarifying what the application form was looking for; to working with some groups to demonstrate the need for their project, develop outcome indicators, develop the budget, to reviewing their draft applications. KVA also acted as a point of liaison between the fund management organisations, London Community Foundation and local groups.

The funding will support the groups to run new projects and pay the wages of 6 new staff members across the five groups.


Annette and Tracey from Express CIC, said:

“Applying for grants is a complex and time consuming task for small organisations like Express. We cannot thank Sanja enough for her support in helping us to secure the grant. Her expertise was invaluable and made sure that we were able to focus on the key details and data.”

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