Random Acts of Kindness

Supporting organisations doing life-changing work

In 2018, we launched Random Acts of Kindness – one-off grants of £10,000 for not for profit organisations.

“As a family foundation, Kusuma Trust wants to be nimble and able to support a range of charities, while focusing primarily on our priority areas,” says Soma, our Executive Trustee. “Random Acts of Kindness grants allow us to support charities that might not fit into our wider strategy, but that the Trustees or staff see a real value in supporting.”

  • There are around 168,000 charities in England and Wales – The majority (87%) have an annual income below £500K.
  • 570 small charities closed in 2018 – only 370 started up.
  • To date we’ve given 15 Random Acts of Kindness grants of up to £10,000 to charities.

In 2019 we awarded  Random Acts of Kindness grants to:

  • Chefs in Schools – who train cooks to work in schools, making everything from scratch and baking fresh bread daily.
  • Shropshire Youth Support Trust – an organisation who run enterprise centres for disadvantaged young people so they can run a profitable and viable business.
  • The Dyspraxia Foundation –  supporting individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through a help line and advice services.
  • Regenerate – helping transform lives and communities, by providing safe spaces for young people as well as sports, games, festivals and trips. 
  • EHE Rare Cancer Charity – who provide support for patients through their diagnosis and treatment, as well as advocating for greater awareness, research into and care for EHE. 
  • Palace for All – to provide a place where children of all abilities can meet, play and learn in an inclusive environment while also supporting the needs of their families and friends.
  • Growth – an initiative by local churches in Tower Hamlets to respond to homelessness in their community through emergency night shelters and securing long-term accommodation.
  • Action For Refugees In Lewisham –  an organisation helping refugees and their families, integrate into the community and supporting their basic skills and capacities. 
  • Art Against Knives – working in London’s most isolated communities, co-designing creative spaces with young people including music studios and nail bars. 
  • Ebony Horse Club – a community riding centre in one of the UK’s most deprived communities teaching riding and horse care, taking groups to outdoor events and on trips away.

 

In 2018 we gave Random Acts of Kindness grants to:

  • Bowhaven – a mental health service running self-help groups and education activities.
  • For Jimmy – an organisation that provides ‘safe havens’ where young people can turn if they feel they are in danger.
  • Homeless Action in Barnet – which provides homeless people with advice and support, as well as healthy meals, clothes, showers and access to medical services.
  • The Angel Boat – a community boat used to take residents and community groups on day trips and overnight stays.
  • Full of Life – to empower and support parents in their journey of caring for their children with additional needs in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
“The grant from the Kusuma Trust has enabled us to provide more trips on our purpose-built canal narrow boat, designed for the needs of our local community. Groups benefiting from this have included young people and people with special needs on residential trips; and refugees and torture victims, and elderly and isolated people, on day trips. They’ve all had a great experience thanks to Kusuma Trust.” Giles Eyre, Chair of Trustees/Directors at Angel Community Canal Boat Trust

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