Useful resources for charities

Useful resources for charities and voluntary groups

Useful resources for individuals

  • Turn2Us – this is a grants search tool specifically for individuals.
  • Family Fund and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity support families who have a disabled or seriously ill child.
  • British Gas Energy Trust and the E.ON Energy Fund both award grants towards energy bills to help reduce fuel poverty
  • The Respite Association – grants for carers for a short respite break
  • Helping Hands for Holidays (3H) – provide grants for carers as well as disabled people and their families towards the cost of a holiday (accommodation only).
  • Clevedon Forbes Fund – give holiday grants to individuals who are either caring for someone or are themselves convalescing after an illness
  • Smallwood Trust - funding for individual women on low incomes and struggling to make ends meet as well as organisations and projects that directly benefit women.
  • Glasspool Charity Trust  - provide small, one-off grants to individuals and families in need of financial support for everyday items to help them set up or remain in their home and/or improve their overall well-being. In some cases they will consider applications to support training that will enable applicants to take up an offer of employment.

Other grant-makers and funders in Kent & Medway 

  • Lawrence Atwell’s Charity - the fund covers London and Kent, awarding grants of up to £10,000 per annum (with awards up to 3 years open to consideration) to support young people not in employment, education or training – to help them move into meaningful work. Deadline 1st March 2019. Full details of the programme are available here
  • The Gibbons Family Trust - awards grants to children and young people up to the age of 25, living in the Isle of Thanet in Kent.  Apply here
  • UnLtd is a national charity which provides specialist support for social entrepreneurs at the start of the journey to help them grow as social leaders. It provides comprehensive support with both cash and coaching to help nurture ideas and grow impact. Uniquely, for grant makers, it doesn't matter what stage of development your social venture is at - It can be an idea on paper, or a social venture in practice already. It can also be led by a single person not yet incorporated as Unltd directs its support to venture founders. For start-ups, cash support ranges from £500 up to £15,000 across three separate support packages. From time to time there are other themed and industry specific awards according to partnerships that Unltd develops. More information can be found at 
  • Henry Smith Charity – grants to reduce social and economic disadvantage.
  • Reaching Communities – Voluntary or community organisations for grants over £10,000 for up to five years. Projects and organisations that take action within their communities.
  • Arts Council - National Lottery Projects Grants
  • Awards For All - National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.
  • Bromley Trust - Grants of up to £20,000 are available for registered charities that are working in the areas of human rights and prison reform.
  • Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust - Investing in Communities - Grants of up to £15,000 are available to build the capacity of community organisations and local charities working with vulnerable people in Kent in order to help them deliver sustainable, face-to-face service.
  • Green Hall Foundation - Grants of up to £10,000 are available for registered charities to fund special projects or the purchase of equipment that will benefit their charitable purposes.
  • Idlewild Trust - Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities in the UK working in the following two areas: The Arts - nurturing young professionals and Conservation – objects and works of art.
  • KCC Grants information & Village and Community Hall Grants - Grants are also available for local communities to improve an existing hall or build a new hall. 
  • Les Mills Fund for Children - Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and accountable non-profit organisations that do their most to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.
  • Masonic Charitable Foundation – Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme - Grants are available to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.
  • My Community - gives you the tools and information you need to take action and make your community a better place to live.
  • Variety Club - Youth Clubs Grant - Grants for equipment is available to affiliated youth clubs in the UK that provide opportunities for improving social skills, team spirit and self- esteem for young people aged from 8 to 18 years.
  • William Wates Memorial Trust - Grants of around £30,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities that enhance the lives of the most disadvantaged young people (aged 5-19) resident in London and the South East.
  • Whitehead Monckton
  • SASC Housing Fund - enable organisations to purchase housing to accommodate the vulnerable people they support.
  • Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund - available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.
  • Triangle Trust 1949 Fund -  core funding to support specialist carer organisations providing services such as access to information, financial support and respite care to unpaid carers or organisations supporting offenders or ex-offenders with projects working to reduce re-offending.
  • South East LEP Community Grants programme - offers grants between the values of £10k-£20k to support people furthest from the labour market to raise their skills and confidence and help them to move towards a positive destination and into learning and/or employment.
  • The Cole Charitable Trust - welcome applications from small and local (as opposed to regional or national) registered charities, or local branches of registered charities.
  • Carers Innovation Fund - the Department for Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to improve support for carers.
  • Gregg’s Foundation; Local Community Projects Fund – Offer grants of up to £2,000 to help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. 

Sector events

Stronger Kent Communities are providing new training courses to help with fundraising:

  • The Accidental Fundraiser
  • Outputs and Outcomes
  • Evidencing Need
  • Diversifying your income
  • Fundraising from grant making bodies

The courses cost £10 and all are being delivered by Kathy Roddy, an experienced trainer who is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. These bite-sized courses have been designed for busy people working or volunteering in the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector in Kent who need a quick overview of each topic.

Find out more and book your place here

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Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

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