Learning and volunteering

Kingston Centre for Independant Living - learning and training grants

Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) is a user-led organisation based in Kingston upon Thames. For over forty five years they have campaigned for full equality of status, opportunity and inclusion for all disabled people.

KCIL provide a range of services to ensure that disabled people who live, work or study in Kingston are able to lead independent lives. They also provide disability-related advice and information to other interested individuals or organisations.

KCIL’s vision 

KCIL seeks to ensure that all disabled people across the Royal Borough of Kingston live as independently as they choose.

KCIL’s mission statement

Our mission is to provide information, advice and support to all disabled people living in the Royal Borough of Kingston and the surrounding areas and to empower them to have a voice, take control of their lives, and be treated equally.


Education and training grant

This new funding is very restricted and people will be asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of cost for the grants. Each application will be considered on a person’s individual circumstances. There is a maximum of £100.00 that can be awarded for this type of grant.

 The criteria applying to the grant:

You should be aged over 18 and living in Kingston borough and have a long term and substantial illness and/or impairment that is likely to last – or has lasted - twelve months or more, which severely affects daily life.

“Impairment” includes people with mobility and sensory impairments, learning disabilities, communication and mental health difficulties and other, non-evident impairments.

Applications will be considered by a grants panel once a month. You will also need to be a member of KCIL in order to be eligible for these grants. You can download and print the criteria and application forms from the attachments.

Full details and the application form can be found on the KCIL website. 

For more information about KCIL membership please contact Robert Riley for an application form. Email: [email protected] or phone 020 8546 9603