New Initiatives and Your Kingston grants
We're retaining the funding for an annual programme of community grants consisting of New Initiatives and Your Kingston grants against the backdrop of severe cuts within the overall council budget.
Local groups will be able to apply for up to £3,000 under the New Initiatives fund and up to £750 for the Your Kingston scheme.
The New Initiatives grants will have a budget allocation of £60,000 and Your Kingston £25,000 for this round.
The New Initiatives grants are aimed at supporting specific new community activities or projects for the benefit of local residents/communities in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames that make a contribution to the achievement of Kingston’s community outcomes. The Your Kingston grants are particularly aimed at local, grass-root organisations that need a small injection of funds to enable them to achieve a significant impact.
Councillor Julie Pickering, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Partnerships said:
“Residents across the borough receive great support from our local voluntary and charitable sectors and I wish to thank all, on behalf of the residents, for the work they do. The Council is committed to continue to support this vital work on the ground despite severe cuts in its own budget.
“We look forward to a big response to our New Initiatives and Your Kingston grants from such organisations, across all the borough with a wide range of applications for their specific initiatives.”
Hilary Garner, Chief Executive of Kingston Voluntary Action said:
“It will be important for local communities to access such grants to enable them to identify needs, innovate projects and provide value for money services for Kingston residents.
“I hope that the expected increase of overall amount of spend to the voluntary and community sector in the next five years will be propelled by this injection of funding.”
From a grants to commissioning approach
These grants will sit alongside the move of other funds to a commissioning approach. It is expected that in finding new initiatives which the voluntary and community sector organisations can deliver, more services will be provided to those that need them. At the same time these sectors will be strengthened and allow them to grow.
Repeat applications by the same organisation for ongoing or repeat activities will not be considered. However, organisations will be able to apply for different projects or activities to meet changing needs in different years.