RPLC Grant Making

River Thames Boat Project

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 call: 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.

Enquire about a grant

Grants Meetings

Meeting Date Deadline
2 March 2021 18 January 2021
8 June 2021 19 April 2021
Covid-19 Monthly


Grants for over £1,000

Grant categories available for 2020-2021:
1.  Covid 19 Emergency application form
2. Grants Plus - Non Financial Support
3. Start ups and small sized organisations
4. Open Category - General Grants, including core costs for organisations not in receipt of RFO funding.
Please contact us for more information

If your organisation has received a grant then you will need to complete a Monitoring and Evaluation Form 12 months after you received the grant.

Applying for less than £1,000?

Please download the Less than £1,000 Grant application form

If your organisation has received a grant then you will need to complete a Monitoring and Evaluation Form 12 months after you received the grant.

Crisis Grants

Small Grants offer a fast response to crisis situations where people cannot access statutory funding.  We cannot accept applications directly from individuals.  Only one payment can be made per household in any 12 month period. Crisis grants for individuals are £300 p.a. for an adult-only household; up to £500 p.a. for households with one child; and £600 p.a. for households with two or more children.  Alongside established referral agencies for crisis grant applicants, schools in RPLC’s catchment are now referral partners. 

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. 

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 once a week.

If you are a representative of an approved referral agencies, please use the Online Form. NB: For Applications to be processed, you are required to complete the Data Consent Form.

Regularly Funded Organisations

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.

To renew your application, please download the 'RFO Renewal Form'. (Questions from the monitoring and evaluation form are included and so no additional documentation is required).

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, commissioed 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 organisatios 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