Funding body information

London Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Guildhall 2
High Street
Kingston upon Thames
020 8547 5000

Point of contact:

Voluntary and Community Sector Team, 020 8547 5000,


The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council administers two main grants schemes which are the "Emerging Needs and New Initiatives Grants" scheme and the "Small Grants" schemes. Each grants schemes has its owm set of assessment criteria. Grants are allocated once a year and schemes are usually launched in autumn of each year forallocation from the start of the following financial year.

The council also operates the "Neighbourhood Grants" scheme which support local projects of benefit to the community in eqach of the four neigbourhoods.

Further guidance and details about eligibility criteria are available here.

Emerging needs and New Initiatives Grants

These are annual grants for one-off projects or pump-priming/development activity which can include a contribution to overheads. It is hoped that organisations can show that they have identified emerging needs and/or are working on new initiatives as part of their application and that they have considered how their project might be sustained or have developed an appropriate exit strategy.

Grants will no exceed £3,000.

Applications are now closed. For further information, please contact the Voluntary and Community Sector Team or visit the council's website.

Small Grants

This consists in small grants up to £750 to support one-off projects/events or running costs, however organisations should not become dependent upon this fund in the long term. Grants are allocated once a year.

Application are now closed. For further information, please contact the Voluntary and Community Sector Team or visit the council's website.

Neighbourhood Grants

Neighbourhood grants are grants of up to £750 for organisations and projects which provide activities and services for the benefit of residents of one of the Borough's four Neighbourhoods:

  • Kingston
  • Maldens and Coombe
  • Surbiton
  • South of the Borough.

The council will not normally fund: Major building work; the purchase of minibuses; medical equipment or research (applications for disability adaptations or equipment are not excluded); projects designed to promote religion, or activities whose primary purpose is to promote religion (please refer to the council's website for further clarification); late applications received after the deadline (this does not apply to Neighbourhood Grants, which is a rolling programme); activities that have already taken place (or that will have already taken place by the time a decision is made).

For the latest information on these grants schemes please contact the Voluntary Sector Unit or refer to the council's website.

There are detailed and specific guidelines available on each grant scheme which are available to download from the council's website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding Your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary Sector Board: Voluntary Sector Board

Previous grants awarded:

Useful organisations:

Kingston Voluntary Action:

The council has five funding schemes, a lot more than the majority of councils listed. These funds seem to have been designed with the voluntary sector clearly in mind and have simple criteria and application procedures.

The council website is very accessible, with information on voluntary sector funding easy to find and comprehensive.

Information on the grant schemes available is detailed and thorough, including separate pages on eligibility criteria, how to make applications, previously grants awarded and information on the role of the voluntary sector board.

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