Celebrating small charities

Release Date: 22 June 2017

Local small charities that make a real difference to local people’s lives are being celebrated this week during national Small Charity Week. 

Small Charity Week is organised by the Foundation for Social Improvement. It aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector. In Richmond there are around 670 small charities – all only have an annual income of below £100,000, with over half of those having an income of below £10,000 per annum.

Richmond Council wants to use the week to thank all those local organisations who work to make a real difference to people's lives every day; supporting vulnerable people, creating employment, acting as advocates and supporting communities and the environment.

As part of the week, small charities are reminded that there are a number of local funding opportunities available to them, to help them continue offering vital local services.

The Council’s Civic Pride Fund provides small grants of up to £5,000. The fund is for one-off projects that enhance public spaces, use the skills of local people, contribute to Village Plans, improve town centres, or develop sports initiatives. 

In addition, small charities are also able to submit their proposals for new localised, community projects and access funding through the Village Planning Fund. All proposals should be for more than £5,000 and must meet certain criteria.

Richmond CVS and the South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) also offer small charity support, including how to get started, advice on good governance and fundraising.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, said:

“We have a thriving voluntary sector in this borough. Each offering a vital service that helps not only improve lives, but also helps protect the beautiful environment we live in, the social or educational activities we do, and services we access.

“The Council works closely with many small charities. And, on behalf of everyone the council, I would like to thank all the charities and their amazing volunteers for their hard work and contribution.

“Last year the Council awarded 27 local charities and organisations funding from Civic Pride for their community projects. And, I hope that many more come forward over the next twelve months.”

For more information about funding opportunities, visit our support for voluntary sector pages.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P286/17

Updated: 30 June 2017