Following a recent review, Kingston Council’s Grants to Voluntary Organisations programme has just been re-launched, with new grant strands designed to benefit local groups. These are:
We will continue to run the Small and Neighbourhood grants schemes as in previous years.
Each grant scheme will have its own set of assessment criteria. The details are being finalised and will be available when the programme is launched.
This scheme is designed for those organisations committed to work as strategic partners with RBK and its partner organisations and with the influence, volume, size and resources to do so. We will be looking for no more than one organisation in a range of sub-sectors and the grants will be awarded to make a contribution to the time involved in partnership working and would not prohibit organisations from also applying for Community Investment Fund grants.
This scheme includes multi-year funding and is designed for organisations that provide activities/services that focus on tackling a particular theme or priority, including those in the Kingston Plan. There will also be links made to particular priorities for different Council service areas which would be reviewed regularly, and we would expect organisations to demonstrate how well they meet these priorities.
The programme would include longer-term funding and the possibility of a contribution to core costs (this would not necessarily assume continuation of funding after the end of a multi-year agreement).
These are annual Grants for one-off projects or pump-priming/development activity which can include a contribution to overheads. Organisations are expected to have considered how their project might be sustained or to have developed an appropriate exit strategy. Applications for repeat funding will not be encouraged, although there could be exceptions made for events that occur on a regular basis.
Small Grants are annual grants to support organisations that are working across the borough to benefit residents. They are for one-off projects/events or for running costs, although groups are encouraged not to become dependent on funding from the Council in the long term.
To apply for a Neighbourhood grant your organisation or project must provide activities or services that benefit residents of one of the Borough's four Neighbourhoods (Kingston, Maldens and Coombe, Surbiton and South of the Borough). The award is up to £750.
Applications for the Strategic Partners, Community Investment and New Initiatives and Emerging Needs schemes must be submitted by 30 November 2012.
Applications for the Small grants programme must be submitted by 28 January 2013.
Neighbourhood grants continue to operate on a rolling basis and work is still going on to revise the guidelines and criteria before the next financial year starting in April 2013.