Coronavirus - Information for Individuals

Funding for individuals from Kent Community Foundation

Funds for individuals from KCF

We have several funds which offer support direct to individuals – young carers, adult carers, children and young people with disabilities, illnesses and life-limiting conditions, children and young people with poverty of opportunity.

There may be new and unexpected needs that are arising from the current situation and we are happy to consider requests for Coronavirus-related expenditure.

All requests for funding must come from a third party professional, we are unable to accept requests direct from potential beneficiaries.

View funds for individuals

Other funding for individuals

  • Kent County Council's Kent Support and Assistance Service (KSAS) - Support in the form of goods and / or services, for those experiencing serious difficulties managing income due to a crisis or find themselves under exceptional pressures because of an emergency.
  • The National Benevolent Charity Emergency Coronavirus Fund - Small grants to those who have lost their jobs/are on reduced hours due to the pandemic to be used for the purchase of food.
  • Colyer-Ferguson Charitable Trust - Hardship Awards Scheme Hardship Awards. These small grants of up to £500 have a very quick turnaround - usually within 1-2 weeks - and are designed to support youngsters from 14 to c25 years of age. Included in this, is a provision for educational laptops / IT equipment for those 14-18 year-olds who are struggling with their school work and not expected to achieve 5 good grade GCSEs. These grants are up to a maximum of £350.
  • Friends of the Elderly -  Friends of the Elderly provides grants to older people over State Pension age, living in England or Wales, who have a low income and savings of less than £4,000. Grants are for items such as home mobility adaptations, and help with unexpected bills and large costs such as utility bills, funeral costs or moving fees.
  • British Gas Energy Trust - Grants are available to their own customers as well as customers of other suppliers, to assist with domestic gas and electricity debts.
  • npower Energy Fund -  Grants are available to npower customers only and can be used towards the cost of domestic gas and electricity bills or to replace broken white goods such as cookers, fridges, fridge-freezers and washing machines.
  • Scottish Power Hardship Fund -  Grants are available to Scottish Power customers who are experiencing difficulty paying their bills due to low income or other circumstances, such as illness. Any funds awarded can be used towards clearing debts with the provider by crediting the customer’s ScottishPower energy accounts
  • OVO Energy Fund - Grants are available to OVO Energy customers to help clear/pay off any debt on their OVO Energy account. Applicants must have run up a debt on their gas or electricity account of at least £150, have an annual household income of £16,190 or less and have a valid reason affecting your ability to pay.
  • E.ON Energy Fund - Provides grants to previous or current E.ON Energy customers to help towards paying off current or final E.ON energy debts or providing replacement household goods, such as washing machines, fridge freezers or boilers.
  • Glasspool Charity Trust - 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; improve their well-being and in some cases we provide grants to support training to enable applicants to take up an offer of employment.
  • Buttle UK – Young People programme; Award funding to enable vulnerable young people in the UK to overcome financial barriers, preventing them from achieving their education, training or employment goals.

Useful services for Kent communities during Coronavirus

Helplines, services and useful guidance
  • Helplines:
    • Kent Together - 24-hour helpline coordinated by Kent County Council to provide support to those most vulnerable. 03000 41 92 92
    • Kent County Council Mental Health Support - you can also text the word 'Kent' to 85258 24 hours a day
    • The Folkestone Haven, launched by charity, Hestia , providing evening and weekend telephone support to adults over 18 experiencing challenges with their mental health
    • National Careers Service - there is still a service available still via social media, webchat and phone to support with careers, education, employment and training
Support with bills and expenses - please also see above details regarding funding which can be used to help with bills
  • Turn2US Benefits Calculator - Check you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to
  • Southern Water are offering supporting in three different ways: support tariffs and payment schemes, financial support schemes and changes made to their Priority Services Register whereby relatives and third parties can apply on behalf of those most vulnerable. 
  • Free school meals - Information on free school meals and the support schools can get from DofE to support families who would be receiving FSM if the school was open.
  • Some banks are offering ‘repayment holidays’ on their loans – for example Barclays, Halifax and Santander and a number of other high street banks are offering interest free overdrafts to their customers of up to £500. Check with your bank to see if they can offer you any support.

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

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

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind
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