Funders list

KVA had put together a brief list of funders which might be useful to those who are beginning to think about funding, see below. 

We offer all groups free funding support. You can come in and talk to our community development worker, who will run a funding search for your specific project to see what might be suitable and available. Please contact 

Kingston Funds

Love Kingston

Love Kingston is a project of Kingston Voluntary Action. Funding is available to community groups working under the themes of tackling isolation and encouraging integration. Gants are given to charities once a year to coincide with Love Kingston day on February 14. Grants process for this year has not yet been announced.

Kingston Council

Kingston council has two small grant schemes which open twice a year.

  • Your Kingston Grants which have an upper limit of £750 and enable smaller organisations to access funding to support local project or activities that will engage communities, benefit the borough residents and help to deliver at least on of Kingston council’s Community Outcomes.
  • New Initiatives grants which have an upper limit of £3000 are annual grants for one-off projects or start up/development activities which can include a contribution to project overheads but cannot be used for the day-to-day running costs of the organisation.

For more information see here.

Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust

The London Community Foundation has funding available through the Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust to support small grassroots organisations based, and working in, the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames. The purpose of the fund is to support projects rooted in the local area which are led by local people and improve the quality of life for people living in these boroughs.

Groups applying should have an annual income of no more than £50,000. Grants of up to £1,000 are available but the majority of grants are likely to be in the region of £500. For further details please email

London Funds

City Bridge Trust

The Trust currently awards around £20m per year to charitable causes in London. The majority of these grants are made under the Investing in Londoners scheme, which has a number of programmes including

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Improving Londoners’ Mental Health
  • Improving London’s Environment
  • Making London More Inclusive
  • Making London Safer
  • Older Londoners
  • Reducing Poverty
  • Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Strengthening London’s Voluntary Sector
  • Eco-audits
  • London Youth Quality Mark Awards

 See here.

Trust for London

Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation aiming to tackle poverty and inequality in London and we do this by: funding voluntary and charity groups – each year they make grants totalling around £7.5 million and at any one time we are supporting up to 400 organisations. Funding is aimed at tackling poverty and inequality under 7 themes: Good Homes and Neighbourhoods; Better Work; Decent Living Standards; Shared Wealth; Pathways to Settlement; Stronger Voices and Connected Communities. See here.

London Marathon Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants for capital projects that inspire and increase the numbers of people regularly taking part in physical activities. See here.

Jack Petchey Foundation

Supports programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25 in London and Essex. Their biggest programme, the Achievement Awards is a peer recognition scheme operating in grass roots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations.  The young award winners choose how best to spend their £250 award money to the benefit of their club or school.

National Funders

Heritage Lottery Fund

Largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.  Offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. Kingston is a priority area for the Heritage Lottery Fund. See here.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million in 2016.  BLF grants range from £300 to more than £500,000 to community and voluntary groups and charities. See information here about different grants available.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief allocates funding under four programme areas investing in children and young people; empowering women and girls; improving health and wellbeing; and building stronger communities. See here.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation fund the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK, focusing on the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. See here.

WHSmith Trust Community Grants Application
The WHSmith Trust is now offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK. Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK. There are two annual application rounds. See 

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme  where the money raised from the 5p bag is used to fund local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events. See here.

Waitrose Community matters

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that customers choose. See more information here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Programmes are designed to support charities that help people experiencing multiple disadvantage make positive and lasting changes to their lives at critical points.

Arts Council

Invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. Offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. See here.

Pro Bono support

Cranfield Trust

The Cranfield Trust is a national charity offering free business skills, advice and guidance to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Support include Business consultancy, HR support, masterclasses and training. See more here.

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