Making a Kids Kitchen Happen: Covering your Costs

Kids Kitchen make affordable family cooking happen – and we also help other people to make sessions happen too. After our training sessions, people are often interested in how it’s practically possible to make this work. Here are some first ideas about how you might be able to find funds for both running sessions – and the training itself. There are no links – just ideas – so it’s must less likely to go out of date!

We can support most other aspects of how to make a session happen through our community membership.

Covering your Costs through a session charge

If you’ve got a room you can use – perhaps a local community space is keen to have more activities – your session charge might only need to cover the cost of ingredients and some kit. If you are making a session happen for your child too, you may be happy to do the session as a volunteer – or as a group of volunteer parents. Kids Kitchen started as two parent volunteers and many other sessions since have happened with kids in tow!

If you want to get paid for your time, the costs will be higher and this is when some small local grants might come in handy.

Grants from your Local Authority, Town or Parish Council

Most areas of the UK have a pot of money for local people to make a local community activity happen. They are often managed at quite a local ‘ward’ level, and the process is sometimes quite personal – they’ll want to meet and hear your idea which is quite often a good thing! You’ll need to show that what you’re doing is going to be useful, and accessible for families in your area. They might have different priorities that you’ll need to link what you’re doing to. You may need a registered organisation to hold the money – we can help with this.

Try an internet search of your own ward area, your local borough area or town council – and ‘community grants’.

Other Grants

There are small grants available from a variety of places for projects that have a benefit in some way. These might be through:

  • The supermarket plastic bag charge – these charges have to go to charitable projects
  • The National Lottery – they are a large funder and sometimes have smaller pots available.
  • Many areas have a ‘Community Foundation’ which links trusts and foundations that want to give grants, with people that need them.

You want to be looking for funders who are keen on Health – Community – Environment.

As community member you can access template bids, checklist of the kinds of things you need money for, sorts of kit you need to buy.


There are many websites that take a small fee for hosting your funding idea. It can be hard work to publicise and convince people to donate – but may be an idea for start-up equipment.

Support from Kids Kitchen

We are a social enterprise, and are always looking for new ways to support sessions and keep them low cost and accessible. Some ways we do this are through our kit, aprons and our recipe adventures. If we are able, we will support your idea with a small amount of money from our enterprise. This is open to anyone who has done Kids Kitchen training and isn’t already in a hub area – and includes the option of community membership too.

If you are interested in support from Kids Kitchen to make an impact in your area – please get in touch.