About Kent Community Foundation
Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged.
KCF also helps generous individuals, families, organisations, trusts and foundations establish and administer their own charitable funds to support the causes that mean the most to them in Kent and Medway.
Established in May 2001, KCF has distributed over £34 million in grants and now provides financial support to hundreds of charities and deserving causes throughout the county each year – particularly small, local charities, where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.
Our mission is to proactively create strong local communities by connecting those who want to help with those seeking help.
Our vision is to empower organisations and charities in our local communities of Kent and Medway who make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.
We strive to achieve excellence in the delivery of our service by exceeding the expectations of both our donors and our grant recipients
We go above and beyond to support the organisations that apply to us for funding by sharing our knowledge and expertise to help build a sustainable and confident voluntary sector across Kent and Medway
We operate with integrity in everything we do. We are transparent in our processes and deliver what we promise
Key highlights from our 2017/18 financial year
- We distributed over £2.25 million to organisations and individuals
- We gave out 560 grants
- Received £500,000 from Big Lottery for our social lending programme
- Partnership with Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust to offer £1 million match funding
- In January 2018 KCF reached a huge milestone, distributing £30 million in grants since 2001
- Increased our endowment value to £19 million
See the list of grants we made to organisations in 2017-18 here
History of Kent Community Foundation
Simon MacLachlan of Sissinghurst was Kent Community Foundation’s first Chairman in 2001. He recalls early support from many quarters of Kent, following a report commissioned from Greenwich University about Community Needs in Kent, particularly child poverty. Grateful thanks must go to Charities Aid Foundation who generously helped KCF get started.