The Community Engagement Team at Kensington and Chelsea Council recently opened the Small Grants Fund for the final round of applications for 2015.  This last round of applications saw 24 voluntary and community organisations applying for a share of £15,000. Organisations needed to meet a series of eligibility criteria including being based primarily within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to qualify for a grant from this Fund.

Potential projects must also focus at least one of the following priorities:

– Information and Advice

– Community Engagement

– Infrastructure and Capacity Building

The organisations set to benefit from this round of the Small Grants Fund are as follows; Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea, Epic CIC, Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group, Hear Women, Hestia, The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, Lancaster West Children’s Community Network, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, The Forum, WAND, Women’s Pioneer Housing Residents’ Association and World’s End Neighbourhood Advice Centre.

All of these organisations have charitable objectives that will benefit a wide range of residents in Kensington and Chelsea. From a Christmas celebration for BME families from challenging economic backgrounds, to a Winter Warmth campaign targeting vulnerable older residents, the Small Grants Fund is helping organisations undertake good work around the Borough.

As well as funding campaigns and events, the Small Grants Fund also helps to improve organisations’ sustainability by contributing to crucial improvements in resources and community facilities.

The Small Grants Fund is a small but important source of funding for many local voluntary and community organisations. The fund is set to open again in April 2016. So, if you are an organisation that fits the eligibility criteria and funding priorities, keep your eyes peeled!

To find out more about the Small Grants Fund, please click here.