Kitchen Table Charities Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: UK-based Kitchen Table Charities Trust awards modest grants to organizations working in the global development fields of primary education, water, sanitation, hygiene, poverty alleviation, and maternal and child healthcare.

IP TAKE: This is an approachable funder who supports small, local, and grassroots groups with the ability to have a significant impact using relatively small amounts of money.

PROFILE: The UK-based Kitchen Table Charities Trust’s giving is based on its ethos of “changing lives by thinking small.” Founder John Humphreys says, “The charities we give money to are tiny. You probably, almost certainly have never heard of them. But they do a brilliant job.” The foundation prioritizes helping children and families who are among the poorest in the world. Kitchen Table’s giving priorities include primary education, water, sanitation, and hygiene, poverty alleviation, and maternal and child healthcare. While the foundation will award grants to projects operating in least developed countries around the world, its geographic region of focus is Africa.

Grants amounts rarely, if ever, exceed £10,000 and are awarded for specific projects or programs. The foundation does not award grants for general operating or overhead costs. For a deeper sense of what organizations Kitchen Table supports, browse through its Beneficiaries webpage.

Nonprofits registered in the UK or with their country’s regulating body are eligible to apply for a grant from Kitchen Table Charities Trust.

Although this is an all-volunteer nonprofit and does not employ a paid staff, it has a grant committee that reviews unsolicited grant applications that meet the foundation’s funding criteria. At the same time, foundation volunteers seek worthy organizations to support. As a result, grantmaking is competitive. 

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