Our Welfare Grants

The Richmond Charities runs three small welfare charities which support those in need in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

These charities are:

  • 1

    The Richmond Philanthropic Society

  • 2

    Richmond Aid in Sickness Fund

  • 3

    Misses Thomson & Whipple Charity

The Richmond Charities also receives a grant each year from the Henry Smith Charity to distribute to people in need.

The Richmond Charities gives funds to other local charities and organisations in the Richmond borough to distribute on behalf of The Richmond Charities, reaching those in the greatest need across the borough.

The 14 organisations selected for funding in 2024, are as follows:

Through these 14 organisations, people in need who are living in the borough can apply for a grant of up to £400. Listed below are the criteria for grants to be awarded:


The Richmond Charities Revised Grant Funding Criteria 2024

  1. Grants must be awarded to people in need, hardship or distress who cannot afford the cost of the item themselves either from their income or from any savings that they have.
  2. Grants must be awarded to people living in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and ideally to those who have been living in the borough for at least 2 years. However, in urgent cases of need, discretion can be used and grants can be awarded to people who have lived in the borough for a shorter period of time.
  3. Organisations must ensure that the client has applied for and received a Local Assistance Grant if they are eligible and / or funding from the Household Support Fund before awarding them a grant from The Richmond Charities or Richmond Philanthropic Society.
  4. Grants are permitted to be made to an individual or family more than once, as long as the grant is for a different reason and that it is not within the same calendar year. However, in cases of extreme need, discretion can be used.
  5. Grants can be awarded up to a maximum of £400 for individuals and £600 for families, though in exceptional circumstances, discretion can be used and a higher grant can be awarded.
  6. Grants can be awarded for a wide range of items/support including, but not restricted to, the list below. The only prescribed things for which grant funding cannot be used are for home improvements for owner occupiers or for political purposes or campaigning.

If you are in need of a grant and think you meet the criteria above, you can contact one of the 14 organisations directly, to ask if they are able to award you a grant.