Support for voluntary sector

Find out what help and support is available for your organisation.

Types of support

Funding and financial support

Sourcing funding is key for many voluntary and community sector organisations to maintain the projects and services they offer.

Council offered funding

  • The Civic Pride Fund offers funding for projects in Richmond upon Thames which benefit local people and those who work in the borough
  • The Village Planning Fund allocates funds collected from the Community Infrastructure Levy to spend on local priorities which address the 'demand that development places on an area'
  • Transitional funding is available to organisations affected by move to service led commissioning frameworks or by changes to rent subsidy arrangements
  • Become a service provider through our commissioning and procurement processes

External funding

The Council has commissioned Richmond CVS as a support and advice service to help organisations identify and apply for funding. They have a list of local funders and can also provide one to one support with fundraising.

Below is a list of other local funding opportunities:

  • The Barnes Workhouse Fund supports voluntary organisations located in the “Ancient Parish of Barnes", which broadly corresponds with the present postal area of London SW13.
  • Hampton Fuel Allotments Charity supports voluntary sector organisations to provide services and activities for people in need. Their area of benefit covers the following areas within Richmond upon Thames: Hampton, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton.
  • Richmond Parish Lands Charity provides funding to charities with a proven track record of serving local community needs.
  • London Community Foundation lists an overview of grants available in Richmond.


Crowdfunding is a way of raising money by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money via an online platform. Examples of crowdfunding websites include:

  • SWELN Crowdfund is a dedicated crowdfunding site for environmental and green space projects in South West London.
  • Podium Partners is a dedicated crowdfunding site for sports projects. 
  • Crowdfunder offers a wide focus for projects.
  • Spacehive offers a wide focus for projects.
  • Kickstarter offers a wide focus for projects.

Leasing property to the voluntary sector

We lease a range of properties and sports facilities to over 40 different voluntary organisations. These range from day centres for older people, community buildings to sports facilities for our exciting range of sports clubs operating in the Borough.

Some organisations may be allowed a subsidy on their rent. Find out more about voluntary sector property in the Borough.

Sources of advice

  • The Richmond CVS: Community Connections Richmond service has been commissioned by the Council to offer a skills development and advice service for voluntary organisations.
  • Richmond CVS also offer specialist strategic support for organisations working with children and families.
  • South West London Environment Network provides specialist strategic support to the environmental voluntary sector.
  • NCVO champions the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations and provides expert support and advice.
  • NAVCA are a national membership charity for local voluntary sector infrastructure providing a national voice on local social action.

Resources and data

There are numerous sources of data which can be used to support your organisation or application for funding.

  • Community Links is a project which helps support the community by sharing information between local people, the Council and other community organisations.
  • DataRich is a one stop shop for statistics and analysis for the Borough and provides information under a range of theme.
  • The Local Plan (previously known as Local Development Framework) sets out the priorities for the development of the borough and is used for making decisions on planning applications.
  • Village Plans are statements which describe the local area and how it will develop in the future, the key issues, priorities and opportunities in the area and how people can get involved to improve their local area.
  • The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) pulls together information about local health and care and support, and is a vital tool to help plan future services.
  • The All in One Survey was sent out to every household at the end of 2010, and asked residents about their priorities for their local area. The results of the survey are available.
  • The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Fundraising best practice

General guidance

  • The Resource Centre provides information and templates on a variety of areas affecting community groups.


Health and safety

Support for employers and employees


Updated: 26 April 2018