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New grants programme agreed for Kingston’s communities

Local groups can apply for grants as the council looks to give a boost to dedicated voluntary and community organisations in Kingston.

The Neighbourhood Community Grants Programme is set to open in May allowing community and voluntary sector groups to apply for funding for projects in their neighbourhood or throughout the borough.

The Community Grants Programme is set to open in May allowing community and voluntary sector groups to apply for funding for projects in their neighbourhood or throughout the borough. 

Applications for the funding will begin in May and for the first time, can be submitted throughout the year, rather than groups needing to apply by a specific deadline.

The money is aimed at supporting voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith groups in Kingston to set up accessible activities or projects that benefit residents and make a difference to the local community. 

The funding for the 2019/20 Community Grants Programme is broken down into these categories: 

  • Neighbourhood Community Grants of up to £3,000 per application for projects in each of the four neighbourhoods - Surbiton, South of the Borough, Kingston Town and Maldens & Coombe.
  • Borough-wide Community Grants of up to £3,000 for projects that benefit residents and communities across the whole of the Royal Borough of Kingston.
  • Community Infrastructure Levy, for projects that help residents as we grow as a borough This includes community gardens, children’s play spaces, tree planting, baby changing facilities, boroughwide bulb planting by residents, public artwork and the installation of defibrillators.  

Each of the council's Neighbourhood Committees also have access to Councillor Ward Funding grants available for local projects within the neighbourhood.

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Council, said:

“It’s a council priority to do more to empower our neighbourhoods.  Our residents do tireless work to make the borough a better place and devoting more resources to our neighbourhoods is about ensuring they can keep doing just that.

“Kingston is dedicated to supporting all the hard work that goes on in our communities and this is just one way we support local causes. It’s a fantastic opportunity for groups to get involved and submit their applications with a chance of being awarded up to £3,000 for community grants and possibly more for local community infrastructure projects.

“We are hopeful that by allowing grants to be available all year round, more people and groups will apply.”

Applications can be submitted throughout the year, starting in May. Expressions of interest are welcome now. If you are interested in applying for any of these grants, or would like more information, email [email protected] and Neighbourhood Managers can advise on which grant may be best for your project.