Our Grant Making

RPLC supports people and organisations in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Our grants are restricted to organisations and individuals living or working in our benefit area comprising of the postcodes: TW9, TW10, SW13 and SW14.

What We Fund

  • RPLC’s four grant priorities guide the award of grants. The fifth grant priority, to strengthen the local voluntary and community sector, sits across our work.  

Accessing support and advice: with guidance from trained support workers to access benefits, grants and other support services for issues such as debt, homelessness, bereavement, food security, and special educational needs. 
Reducing inequalities in education: for better outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.
Improving health outcomes: to reduce inequalities and encourage good mental and physical health for everyone. 
Enhancing community cohesion: to reduce isolation and loneliness by providing inclusive community spaces and activities.

What we do not fund

  • Applications not relevant to RPLC grant priorities  
  • Applications that do not support any people living in the RPLC benefit area 
  • Anything which is the primary responsibility of a statutory body 
  • Medical research, animal welfare and projects of a political nature 
  • Anything where the grant will be used to promote the practice of religion, or any activities that promote religion or particular belief systems (or the lack of belief) 
  • Major capital appeals 
  • Improvements to a building that is mainly used as a place of worship or for other religious activities 
  • Retrospective funding 
  • General charitable appeals 
  • Individual Education Grant applications for costs related to post-graduate studies 


Grants For Organisations

When to apply

Please contact our Grants Team on grants@rplc.org.uk or by telephone on 020 8948 5701 to discuss your proposal before you submit an application.

Applications are considered by our Grants Committee at four meetings each year in March, June, September and December. Please submit your application by the deadline below. We will inform applicants of the outcome of their applications within 5 working days of the Grants Committee meeting date.


Application Deadline

Grants Committee Meeting

Decision Feedback by

14 August 2024

25 September 2024

2 October 2024

30 October 2024

11 December 2024

18 December 2024

29 January 2025

12 March 2025

19 March 2025

25 April 2025

4 June 2025

11 June 2025


Grant Stream Information And Eligibility

To find out about the grant streams that are available to organisations and to see if you are eligible, please read our Grant Stream and Eligibility Checklist. If you are unsure of which grant stream to apply to please contact the Grants Team at grants@rplc.org.uk.

Online Application Forms

> Gateway Application Form
> Multi-Year Project Application Form
> Core Grant Application Form

You can save your progress and return to the online Application Form at a later time. A link will be emailed to you to continue completing your form. You will then be asked to re-enter your email address and the password previously saved.  

If you have any difficulties completing the Application Form, please email grants@rplc.org.uk. 

Grant Application Guidance

Before completing your online application, please read the relevant Application Guidance and the Safeguarding Policy Checklist. Additionally, you can access our Frequently Asked Questions and grant criteria, providing insights into how your application will be assessed.

Grants For Individuals

For information about Education Grants for individuals, please visit our Education Support page.

Our Crisis Grants for individuals offer a fast response to help households with urgent living expenses and are available to residents of TW9, TW10, SW13 and SW14. 

Crisis Grant funding available:

  • Up to £300 per year for an adult-only household
  • Up to £500 per year for households with one dependent
  • Up to £600 per year for households with two or more dependents

Only one payment can be made per household in any 12 month period. Please note, we only accept applications through referral agencies and not directly from individual applicants. If you are an individual applying for a crisis grant, please contact one of our direct referral agencies below.

To apply as a referral agency please complete the Crisis Grants Application Form. We aim to process requests within 10 working days.

If you are an individual applying for a crisis grant, please contact one of our direct referral agencies below:

Achieving for Children (AfC) - for families open to social care. Please go through your named AfC contact, e.g. social worker or personal advisor.

Age UK Richmond - for older people. Email info@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8878 3625.

Citizens Advice Richmond - by freephone 080 8278 7873. Lines are open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Richmond AID - for people with long term health conditions, disabilities, and carers. Email advice@richmondaid.org.uk or call 020 3393 7011.

Other referral agencies (who will need to complete an online Application Form) include schools in RPLC's benefit area, RHP, Spear, Crosslight Advice, Vineyard Community, Look Ahead, Richmond Recovery Hub.

Clients must have been referred to the Government Household Support Fund which is distributed by Richmond AID and Citizen's Advice Richmond before applying for an RPLC Crisis Grant.