Kingston Covid-19 Grants Programme - Round 2

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Kingston Voluntary Action has launched Round 2 of the Kingston Covid-19 Grants programme.

The grants programme has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The fund is being offered in two rounds, both of which will be used to deliver activities to support local communities through the Covid-19 crisis and to further realise the equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions locally.

We are particularly interested in hearing from small and emerging organisations and organisations working with the BAMER and LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities and carers in the borough.

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Round Two - Grant Guidelines 

Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £100,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund for the benefit of Kingston residents affected by Covid-19.

The fund will be offered in two rounds, both of which will be used to deliver activities to support local communities through the Covid-19 crisis and to further realise the equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions locally.

The Kingston Covid-19 Grants Programme is intended to support organisations to continue to deliver vital services in this difficult time.  In particular, the Programme will:

  • Fund activities that support people and communities affected by Covid-19
  • Help organisations overcome the acute financial difficulties, increased demands and challenges they are facing as a result of the crisis
  • Support people most at risk from the impact of Covid-19.

For example, people who are:

  • Having difficulties due to lack of digital equipment or know-how
  • At risk of abuse
  • Bereaved
  • Suffering from mental health issues
  • Carers
  • Experiencing housing insecurity and/or unemployment
  • In need of information in their first language about Covid-19 and the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine.

In Round Two, we will be offering grants from £5,000 to £10,000 for not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of up to £1million.

Opening Date: 09.00hrs Monday 8 February
Closing Date: 09.00hrs Monday 8 March

We are particularly interested in hearing from small organisations and those working with BAMER and LGBTQ+ communities, disabled people and carers in the Borough.

Application forms submitted in Word or any other format, or after the closing time/date, will not be considered.

Eligibility criteria:
Your project must benefit people living in the Royal Borough of Kingston. Your organisation must be one of the following: 

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”)
  • Charitable Trust
  • Co-Operative Society*
  • Community Benefit Society
  • Community Interest Company limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Company limited by Shares
  • Company limited by Guarantee**
  • Unincorporated Association/Organisation.

*Must have a not for profit/asset lock clause(s) in their Society Rules AND be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.

**Must be a registered charity OR have a not for profit/asset lock clause(s) in their Articles of Association.

Your organisation must have the following:

  • Governing Document (‘Set of Rules’)
  • Bank account in your organisation’s name with two signatories
  • Document outlining your financial procedures
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • If your project involves face-to-face contact, you will need a Covid 19 Risk Register - if you don’t have one, you can access online information and a template here and a template in Word here


As we expect the fund to be oversubscribed we shall take account of the following:

  • The potential beneficial impact of the work you are proposing to undertake (either in terms of achievable outcomes, numbers of people reached, and/or particular target groups)
  • The capacity/resources of your organisation to deliver the work you propose and to achieve the stated outcomes within six months of receipt of funding
  • The inclusion of a realistic budget for the work.

What we will fund:

  • Project Costs 
  • Salaries 
  • Your organisation's overheads.

What we won’t fund:

  • Work not related to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Capital costs, or building or renovation works
  • Religious activity
  • Contribution to vehicle purchase costs
  • Credit Unions
  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • Donations to other charities.

Acknowledgement and Grant Payment 
Successful applicants will receive a Grant Offer letter from KVA by Friday 30 April. The letter will include information for grantees on the use of the joint National Lottery Community Fund/KVA logos in publicity and social media about your grant and any other conditions that need to be met. You will be asked to sign the letter and return it to KVA. Payment of the grant will be made upon receipt of the signed letter.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Friday 30 April. Appeals will not be considered.

Monitoring Report 
Grantees will be required to complete a short report on the project/activities they have undertaken and send it to KVA not later than one month after the end of your project. This should be accompanied by two high resolution photographs showing the activities funded, with permission for KVA to use the photographs in print and social media.

Completing your application  
We recommend that you write your application off-line in Word and then copy and paste the answers into the online form. Please do not send us a Word version of your application as it will not be considered. Before closing the online form please remember to click on Save and Continue Later, you will receive an email with a link so you can return to your form and continue it later. 

If you have any queries about the application, please contact Miranda: 

In order to process your application, we need to record your contact details on our database. For KVA privacy statement please click here