Bereavement Engagement Grants

KVA & HealthwatchIntroduction

In early 2021, the South West London (SWL) Clinical Commission Group (CCG) completed a bereavement mapping exercise, and created a directory of bereavement support services which has been shared across SWL.

In June 2021, it was agreed by the SWL CCG End of Life Care Steering Group that the next step would be for one SWL borough (Kingston) to lead on exploring the gaps in services, how to engage with the community in understanding how to support the bereaved, and to develop an appropriate response in the context of the compassionate communities model.

Kingston Voluntary Action and Healthwatch Kingston are now working in collaboration on a pilot project which will gather qualitative feedback on local experiences of bereavement services in Kingston, using surveys, focus groups and 1:1 interviews. We will send the survey to you as soon as it become available.

The pilot will encompass provider, patient and service user experience of delivering and using bereavement services within primary and acute care, both before and since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic in March 2020. The research is not intended to focus solely on local people’s experience of services during the pandemic, nor is it targeted at the recently bereaved only.

The pilot will also help us further understand the challenges of reaching across people in our communities and if successful, it will be used as a model of engagement across South West London.

About the Grants

The KVA Bereavement Engagement Grants will be awarded to Kingston voluntary and community organisations to enable them to run face-to-face or online focus groups and 1-2-1 interviews with their beneficiaries. We welcome a combination of these.

We want to fund organisations that work with beneficiaries who live in Kingston and are:

  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic
  • People of faith or belief or Life Philosophy
  • LGBTQ community
  • Children and young people
  • People with physical or mental disabilities
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • People with low literacy level/digitally excluded
  • People with English as a second language

The sixty to ninety minutes focus groups will be for 8-10 participants who have experienced (or have supported someone who has experienced) bereavement. The groups will be facilitated by someone from your organisation and will follow the questions from a provided template. Facilitation of focus groups will be supported by a minimum 1 member of KVA or Healthwatch Kingston team. 1-2-1 interviews will be carried out by the awarded organisation. As part of the process, you will be asked to complete the notes from the session and submit them 3-5 calendar days after the event, as well as promote and encourage completion of the Healthwatch Kingston Bereavement Survey which will be running at the same time. These need to be submitted in English.

How much can you apply for?

Grants of up to £500 will be awarded to successful organisations.

What is the funding for?

We will fund reasonable expenses incurred through running a focus group such as: venue, refreshments, volunteer and participants' expenses (including childcare), promotion costs, administration (including writing of the focus group notes), staff costs, etc.

Deadline for submission of applications: 15 November 2021.


Focus groups to be run during December 2021 - January 2022

If you have any questions, please email