Leading Positive Change.

Creating a diverse market and increasing the number of Black and Minority Ethnic third sector organisations being funded and commissioned to do what only they can, to meet the need of a diverse 21st century population.

Resilient & Inclusive

KINARAA CIC, an infrastructure support organisation, provides the right services for the development of a vibrant, effective, sustainable, and influential Black and Minority Ethnic led third sector and community organisations in Lewisham, and collaborates to offer services beyond its borough boundary.

This independent organisation has representation from the Lewisham BME Network, established by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, with over 50 local BAME third sector organisations and groups with expertise ranging from long established training providers, leading artists and heritage expertise, through to faith-based specialist organisations and informal social groups.

Soup Kitchen

Collective work and responsibility

KINARAA was born out of 6 Black led organisations working together during the COVID 19 lockdown spring & summer 2020 delivering a variety of culturally designed of services. That work was showcased at a national ageing summit, and nominated for the Lewisham Mayor’s Award 2021 for the programme and volunteering.

Irie Dance Theatre

Britain’s leading dance theatre company. Founded in 1985 by Beverley Glean. The company set out to create a repertory of works reflective of the African Caribbean influence on the Black British cultural experience.


60 Up is based in the Borough of Lewisham. The organisation provides social, cultural, educational and health activities aimed at keeping older adults active and engaged in their local community and addressing
the need for healthy lifestyle choices.

Food For Purpose

Food for Purpose has a unique approach to health & well-being for the family, by sharing nutritional truths & evidence-based facts to Black and Asian minority ethnic (BAME) faith groups and communities.

Lewisham Sports Consortium

In particular targeting people from the Black and Minority Ethic (BME) community residing in Lewisham. This includes providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for sport, recreation or other leisure time activities.

Joined Up Thinking

Empowering young people to stand out and reach their potential. We help all, but focus on young people from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds, as statistics show these groups to be the most vulnerable and prone to discrimination. 

City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totaling around £25m per year towards charitable activity benefiting Greater London.

Funding Partners

KINARAA is supporting a resilient and sustainable Black and Minority Ethnic third sector to be bid and tender ready. Facilitating Black and Minority Ethnic third sector collaborations and a more diverse market place of culturally relevant services and approaches that work, is our goal.

“Lendlease are pleased to have been able to support the grassroots efforts of organisations working to deliver essential and tailored services to community groups in Lewisham most vulnerable to the effects of the Covid pandemic.  We are delighted the impact of and response to these services, during such a challenging time, has been wholly positive.” 

Colin Murphy

Project Lead, The Landings Deptford

If you’re an organisation looking for funding please check for opportunities here.

 Or if you’re interested in working with the 26 (and growing!) organisations that form KINARAA we’d really like to hear from you. 

Knowledge is Power

We aim to build resilient inclusive economies that address inequalities for people of colour in South East London CCG area.

Please find below links to further information and resources. 

Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Beyond the Data: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on BAME Communities (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector – ACEVO

Contact Us

9 Deptford Church Street, London, SE8 4RX

Please get in touch to enquire about funding opportunities, working with us, joining our network of partner organisations or anything else! Use the form below or email: hello@kinaraa.org.



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