Find the best funding mix for you…

KVA offers local groups a range of support to help towards towards your funding goal.  Thinking through the various funding options available and help you develop a funding strategy. We can help diagnose what additional support needs you might have in order to help you get ready for specific funding opportunities, e.g. if the funding opportunity requires you to have a Business Plan, in which case, we can help you develop that.


Grant Funding

Our advisor will look at appropriate funds  and then help you put together a strong application to boost your chances of success.

We can guide you through all steps of the funding process

  • Searching for relevant funds using the Grantfinder database 
  • Advice on what elements of work may be the most fundable
  • Support in writing funding applications

See our 'starter funding list' below, for some organisations that offer rolling funding opportunities. 

Look out for our regular bulletins and training programme as well – we offer updates on available funds and regular sessions on all aspects of fundraising. 


Digital Fundraising and Crowdfunding

Are you interested in running a Crowdfunding campaign? Crowdfunding can be a way to utilise your support in the community to raise funds for your project, as well as raise your profile. We offer 'ad hoc' training on crowdfunding and showcasing local campaigns.

If you think you would like to explore the Crowdfunding option, please get in touch.



KVA can help you prepare to bid for commissioned work. We are planning on running a series of events to help prepare groups for commissioned work, please get in touch to find out more.


Collaborative working and building Consortia

KVA works with local groups who either want to work more closely together or want to make funding bids as a Consortium. For example, we have supported the ‘O2 Network’ to deliver the Council’s Active and Supportive Communities Strategy, and before that developed a Consortium of Children & Young People’s organisations to bid for contracts. Please get in touch to find out more.


Working with businesses

KVA is part of the local network providing Business Support (iBus) to local firms, as well as working with businesses to build partnerships to share ideas and expertise.


Starter Funding List

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 14 February. Grants process for this year has not yet been announced.


Kingston Council

Kingston Council has two small grant schemes.

  • Your Kingston Grants - 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 one of Kingston council’s Community Outcomes.
  • New Initiatives Grants - Have an upper limit of £3,000 and 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.


London Funders

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.  This is achieved 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.  This offers 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 here.


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 here.


Lloyds Bank Foundation

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

See here. (need to add link)


Arts Council

Invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. It offers 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 includes business consultancy, HR support, masterclasses and training.

See here.