Richmond Charities

This fund is only open to applications from intermediaries or support workers

The Richmond Charities provides small welfare grants to help people in need who live in the London Borough of Richmond (ideally for at least two years) with the costs of  items such as white goods, furniture, household items, utility bills, basic expenses and special equipment. See Eligibility below for details on what it does and doesn't fund.

The funding is done this through three funds:

  • The Henry Smith Charity (Richmond)

  • Richmond Aid-in-Sickness Fund

  • Richmond Philanthropic Society.

Applications should be made by social workers, Citizens Advice or other welfare agency to one of 11 local organisations that the Richmond Charities works with. See How to Apply for more information.


Last updated on 12 February 2019

Who is eligible?

People in need living in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (ideally for at least two year) who are experiencing hardship or distress and who cannot afford the cost of the item themselves either from their income or from any savings that they have.

Grants cannot be made to any individual more than once.

Grants can be awarded up to a maximum of £250, though in exceptional circumstances a higher grant can be awarded.

Grants must be awarded for things which are in the list of approved items on the Richmond Charities website. Grants must not be awarded for things which are in the Richmond Charities list of non-approved items

How to apply?

Please note that the Richmond Charities does not accept applications directly. Instead, a social worker, Citizens Advice or other welfare agency should contact one of the following organisations:

  • Addiction Support & Care Agency

  • Age UK Richmond

  • Citizens Advice Bureau Richmond

  • Home-Start Richmond

  • Richmond Borough Mind

  • Richmond AID

  • Richmond Carers Centre



  • The Victoria Foundation

  • Vineyard Community Centre

There are links to the websites of these organisations on the Richmond Charities website.

Other information

The work of The Richmond Charities, housing and supporting elderly people in housing need in the London Borough of Richmond, goes back over 400 years.

The first of Richmond's almshouses were Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses, founded in 1600. From then on, over the centuries, wealthy benefactors continued to endow land and property for the building of almshouses and The Richmond Charities now owns and runs 130 almshouses spread over 9 estates in Richmond and Twickenham.

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