RPLC Grant Making

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We welcome applications from registered charities, start-ups with a charitable purpose, CICs and CIOs, sports associations and other properly constituted not-for-profit organisations.

Trustees on the Grants Committee consider each application at quarterly meetings. They take factors such as local needs, value for money, evidence of effectiveness, perceived impact, and sustainability into account. 

RPLC wishes to be able to respond to changing ideas,  initiatives and learning and emerging and unmet need. As such, RPLC aim to  to listen to and work in partnership with grantees, prospective grantees and other stakeholders in an open and transparent manner in order to improve grant making policies and processes.

Not sure which grant to apply for or wish to discuss an idea for an application? Do please get in touch with the office team, who will be happy to advise you - grants@rplc.org.uk or telephone 020 8948 5701. Links to relevant forms are given below. 

Please note before enquiring about a grant.  RPLC grants are restricted to organisations and individuals living or working with our Benefit Area (postcode areas SW13, SW14, TW9 and TW10) - this is essentially all of Richmond Borough on the Richmond side of the river.   Please also note that funding is not available to Private Companies.

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Grants Meetings

Meeting Date Deadline
1 March 2022 14 January 2022
25 May 2022 15 April 2022
1 September 2022 15 July 2022
1 December 2022 14 October 2022

Available grants 2020/21

1.  Project grants under £15,000
2. Project grants over £15,000
3. Individual Education Grants

All of the above grants require you to complete a Monitoring and Evaluation Form on completion of work or at 12 months after you received the grant. If you have received a Covid-19 Emergency grant, please complete a Covid Monitoring Form

Crisis Grants

Crisis Grants offer a fast response to crisis situations where people cannot access statutory funding. Please note our benefit area is within TW9, TW10, SW13 and SW14.​

Crisis grants for individuals are £300 p.a for an adult-only household;
Up to £500 p.a for households with one dependent.
Up to £600 p.a for households with two or more dependents. 

We cannot accept applications directly from individuals. Only one payment can be made per household in any 12 month period. These grants are made to individuals in extreme need following a referral from a local agency such as Richmond Borough support teams, Citizens Advice, Social Services, Age UK Richmond and the Community Mental Health Teams. Alongside established referral agencies for crisis grant applicants, schools in RPLC's catchment area are now referral partners. 

Last year, we helped over 300 households through buying white goods, furniture or household items, or paying utility bills or child-related expenditure.  We aim to respond to requests as quickly as possible, depending on the quality of information received.  Payments are made via BACs and are processed twice per week.

If you are a representative of an approved referral agency, please use the Crisis Grants application form.
For applications to be processed, you are required to complete the Data Consent Form.

Core Funding

Handyperson Scheme (Age UK Richmond)

We strongly recognise the importance of the work provided by charities in our community and how difficult it is to get funding in support of administration costs. The RPLC currently provides regular funding to 38 local charities, with over £400k p.a. for core operational activities.  Grants range from £4,000 for a local sheltered housing unit to £41,300 for Richmond Citizen Advice Bureau. RFO funding is ongoing and awarded on an annual basis subject to satisfactory monitoring and evaluation.

RPLC is moving to an online Grant Management System and at the same time is updating the processing of Core Funding to RFOs.   While this is being implemented over the Summer 2021, the office team will be emailing organisations scheduled for RFO grants at the September meetings to explain the next steps.  Until this has happened there is no requirement for RFOs to complete a monitoring form. 

Organisations that have worked with RPLC through previous grantmaking awards and which demonstrate measurable and successful outcomes will be considered for RFO status, subject to available budget. If you wish your organisation to be considered for regular funding please contact the RPLC Office.


oneRichmond has been established by RPLC and The Hampton Fund, two local grant-making charities with a long history and grassroots knowledge of the local community. The initiative is in response to independent research on the needs of the Borough, commissioned by the charities and carried out by Rocket Science. 

The Report, entitled 'On The Edge' found that the perception of Richmond as a wealthy Borough masks high levels of deprivation.

oneRichmond will work with other community stakeholders to:

  • Unlock additional significant resources to tackle hardship across the Borough.
  • Improve opportunities for local people and change lives.
  • Create a Borough in which everyone can thrive.

Resources might be expertise, time, use of facilities and funds.

oneRichmond believes that everyone- those who live, work or learn in the Borough - can help make a difference across Richmond. oneRichmond is a call to people and organisations to be active in supporting people locally and the organisations helping them by volunteering, practical and financial support, mentoring and collaborating.

To learn more, visit: The oneRichmond Website