Funding available for local charities

Who is eligible to apply?

Your organisation needs to be a constituted group with charitable objects, a registered charity, charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), community interest company (CIC) or a not for profit company (limited by guarantee and not shares) in Kent or Medway. CICs and companies limited by guarantee should have three unrelated directors registered with Companies House.

For further information on who is eligible to apply for funding, visit our who can apply page or if you are still unsure please contact us before filling in a form.

Who can apply?

What funding is available?

We have a number of funds open for applications - you can apply either to a specific fund if your project meets the criteria set for that fund or you can apply to one of our four 'themed' funds, which cover Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Children, Young People & Families and Employability, Skills & Enterprise.

Scroll down this page to view funds open.

How much can I apply for and how often?

Our average grant size is £5,000 - we are particularly interested in supporting small charitable organisations. The amount awarded per grant varies depending on which fund you are applying to and you will find a maximum amount awarded against each of the funds below.

Please only submit ONE application per quarter.

What else is useful to know?

If you are an organisation that is new to KCF (i.e. you are in receipt of your first KCF grant) we will not be able to consider you for additional grant funding until we have received impact monitoring for your original award.
We are unable to offer funding retrospectively for projects and activity which have already been delivered.
If you want your application to be considered across more than one of the funds listed below or have more than one project you wish to apply for, please get in touch.

Contact us

Themed Funds

Application deadline dates for Themed Funds:

Our Themed Funds are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months.

Next Application Deadline: 31st May 2021

How much you can apply for from Themed Funds:

Average grants size up to £5,000 (£7,500 considered for exceptional applications).

Priority will be given to groups with an annual income up to £1 million.

When to expect to a decision after applying:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 30th November 2020 will usually receive decisions by mid-March 2021

Applications submitted between 1st December 2020 and 28th February 2021 will usually receive decisions by mid-June 2021

Applications submitted between 1st March 2021 and 31st May 2021 will usually receive decisions by mid-September 2021

Applications submitted between 1st June 2021 and 31st August 2021 will usually receive decisions by mid-December 2021

Children, Young People & Families

Children, Young People & Families

Projects that are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Kent and Medway. Projects supporting young people who are disadvantaged which might include: living in poverty or deprivation, abuse or neglect, disability, young carers, children in care, bereavement, mental health issues, disability, low aspiration or poor achievement. From early intervention work, such as parent workshops and parent-toddler cooking classes, to youth clubs and mentoring programmes for young people at risk; we support a broad spectrum of projects that ensure young people and their families can access activities and support from which they might otherwise be excluded.

Average grant size £5,000.

Elderly & Isolated

Elderly & Isolated

Local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly adults and support people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, combat social isolation. There are considerable challenges associated with an ageing population including loneliness, isolation and illness. Our Elderly and Isolated theme supports projects that give elderly adults the opportunity to have regular social interaction, such as social activities, ‘men’s shed’ projects or lunch clubs. It provides practical support to older people living alone, such as one-to-one befriending schemes or transport services enabling them to get out and about. We fund inter-generational activities; enable older people to use their skills and experience to make a contribution to their communities; and offer activities that encourage participation in sport and physical activity or opportunities to participate in arts and culture such as choirs or museums.

Average grant size £5,000.

Vulnerable Adults

Vulnerable Adults

Projects that help vulnerable adults stay well and independent, with a focus on early intervention projects to tackle disadvantage, deprivation and social exclusion.  A vulnerable person is someone who may need care and is unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation. Someone may not appear visibly vulnerable, but there are many people in our communities who need extra support or protection, such as people with a learning difficulty, physical disability, living with a mental health issue, victims of abuse, care leavers, refugees and asylum seekers, ex-offenders and carers.

The Vulnerable Adults Themed Fund exists to support projects that are working to look after and promote the safety, well-being and independence of vulnerable adults. We support projects that give vulnerable people the opportunity to socialise with others; combatting isolation and social barriers. Through this theme we provide life skills and work experience for adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or mental health issues. The theme protects victims of abuse and integrates marginalised groups in to the wider community. It supports carers who look after family members or loved ones at home, including offering respite or social activities.

Average grant size £5,000.

Employability, Skills & Enterprise

Employability, Skills & Enterprise

Projects which raise the aspirations and increase the skills and opportunities of people who are far from the labour market. The aim of the Employment, Skills & Enterprise Themed Fund is to make a real difference to the lives of people who are far from the labour market. The theme supports projects working with young people/ NEETs, young parents, ex-offenders, ex-forces, those with financial barriers and those with learning disabilities, mental health issues or physical disabilities. We look for projects that provide accredited training, apprenticeships, meaningful work experience and life skills/employment skills workshops for the disadvantaged. The theme supports strategic projects which aim to prevent young people from becoming NEETs.

Average grant size £5,000.

Search other available funds

Here you'll find specific funds to apply to, matching your project's aims to the fund's criteria. If you need any support with the online forms please contact us on 01303 814 500.

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The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

Up to £5,000
Prevention, hard to fund, lower income
All locations

Local community groups and charities working to achieve positive social outcomes, using early intervention where possible, tackling disadvantage, deprivation and social exclusion. This fund is specifically seeking to fund small grassroots groups with an annual income of below £100,000. 

Decisions are made three times per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 31st December 2020 will receive decisions by 29th February 2021

Applications submitted between 1st December 2020 and 31st May 2021 will receive decisions by the 31st August 2021

Applications submitted between 1st June 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Apply now
Closing date
31st May 2021
Kent Reliance Provident Society Community Fund logo

Kent Reliance Provident Society Community Fund

Up to £3,500
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated
All Locations

Applications accepted from local community groups, charities and social enterprises to fund projects working with children and young people, plus projects providing support to the elderly across Kent and Medway.

Decisions are made three times per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 30th November 2020 will receive decisions by 29th February 2021

Applications submitted between 1st December 2020 and 31st May 2021 will receive decisions by the 31st August 2021

Applications submitted between 1st June 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Apply now
Closing date
31st May 2021
The Green Family Fund logo

Green Family Fund

Up to £5,000
CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES
ALL LOCATIONS

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS.

To support local projects addressing a range of community needs within Kent to improve the lives of disadvantaged, isolated and vulnerable people. 

Some particular areas of interest include; projects focusing on prevention; young people, teenagers, education and grittier projects dealing with challenging issues such as self-harm and teenage pregnancy. Projects local to Edenbridge are also a particular interest. 

Closing date
31st May 2021
Lawson Endowment for Kent logo

Lawson Endowment for Kent

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise
All locations

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

This fund supports projects across Kent and  Medway, working around four broad themes – Children Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Employability, Skills & Enterprise and Vulnerable Adults. Project and core costs considered, as are small capital requests. Decisions are made quarterly. 

Applications up to £5,000 from locally-based charities - apply to Kent Community Foundation. The trustees of The Lawson Trust sometimes award larger grants by invitation only - contact Hayley Corker in the first instance at enquiries@lawsontrust.org

You can apply to Lawson twice a year, six months apart, via our themed funds. Your application will be considered by the Lawson panel, and by any other KCF panels which we think may be interested in it. Please note Lawson is unlikely to fund the same organisation more than once in a year – whether directly or via Kent Community Foundation.

If you are not sure whether to apply via Kent Community Foundation or direct to Lawson, please contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk for advice

Closing date
31st May 2021
High Hilden Fund logo

High Hilden Fund

Up to £7,500
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise
Tonbridge & Malling

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

This fund supports new or existing charities and community groups within the Tonbridge and Malling area, working around four broad themes – Children Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Employability, Skills & Enterprise and Vulnerable Adults.

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up £5,000 but exceptional applications may receive up to £7,500. 


Closing date
31st May 2021
The Auston Trust Fund logo

The Auston Trust Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

This fund supports new or existing charities and community groups, working around four broad themes – Children Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Employability, Skills & Enterprise and Vulnerable Adults.

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up £5,000.


Closing date
31st May 2021
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The Raddon Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

To support local charitable projects delivering community benefits in Kent with a preference for North West Kent.

- Women and girls (domestic abuse and period poverty)

- Families and young carers / young people ‘s counselling services

- The promotion of reading and literacy / access to books

- Entrepreneurship, employability & skills

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 4 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up to £5,000.


Closing date
31st May 2021
Barretts Charitable Fund logo

Barretts Charitable Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

To support local groups delivering community benefit primarily in South East Kent with a preference for education, mental health and homelessness. The fund will consider other causes and over a wider geographical area from time to time.

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 4 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up to £5,000.


Closing date
31st May 2021
Made by Sport logo

Made by Sport

£2,021
Children, Young People & Families, Sport, Mental Health, Core
ALL LOCATIONS

The Made by Sport Fund will offer unrestricted grants of up to £2,021 for groups delivering sports development programmes for young people up to the age of 25. This fund is specifically seeking to award grants to groups with a majority membership of 5 – 25 year olds, who are using community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, such as improving mental health, developing life skills or reducing anti-social behaviour or crime.

Please note, applicants must have an annual income of £75,000 or under in order to be eligible.

Click here to view FAQs for applicants 

Contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk if you have any questions. 

Apply now
Closing date
1st June 2021
Frank Brake Community Fund

Frank Brake Community Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability, Skills & Enterprise, Capital, Local Community
South East Kent

The fund will support projects for children, young people and families, participation in sports, improvements to community facilities such as village halls and community centres, volunteering, employability, the elderly and the disabled in South East Kent with a priority given to groups within a 10 mile radius of Ashford. The fund will also consider uniformed youth groups and children's sports groups within the area.

Decisions are made twice per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 31st December 2020 will receive decisions by 29th February 2021

Applications submitted between 1st January 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Apply now
Closing date
31st August 2021
Albert Burns Children's  Charitable Trust Fund logo

Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families
Thanet

The Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund focusses mainly on children, young people and families in East Kent, in particular Thanet. 

Causes related to children up to the age of 18, with priority given to small organisations and direct support to young people. 

Grants usually of up to £5,000. 

As a guideline, applications submitted by 30th November will receive decisions by 29th February the following year.

Apply now
Closing date
30th November 2021
The Crown Charitable Fund logo

The Crown Charitable Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Volunteer-delivered
Canterbury

Volunteer led groups working in Canterbury, Herne Bay and surrounding areas with preference for projects supporting children and young people.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2021
Grassroots Carers Respite Fund logo

Grassroots Carers Respite Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families
All Locations

Projects providing respite breaks for unpaid carers. This application form is for groups of carers wishing to take time out from their caring role organised by charities or community groups which cater for carers.

For individuals wishing to apply for funding for respite breaks, please see our individual funding page for information on submitting a nomination form.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2021
The Dulverton Trust logo

The Dulverton Trust Fund

£500 - £5,000
Disadvantaged, Young People, Children
All Locations
Projects that improve general wellbeing of local community, particularly those that bring people together. Also interested in funding heritage and conservation work. Grants of £500 to £5,000 will be awarded to small charities and charitable organisations with an annual income of £200,000 or under. 

Decisions are made every four months. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

  • Applications submitted between 1st December and 31st March will receive decisions by the end of June
  • Applications submitted between 1st April and 31st July will receive decisions by the end of October
  • Applications submitted between 1st August and 30th November will receive decisions by the end of February
Contact joanne@kentcf.org.uk for an informal chat. 
Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2021
Ashford Leisure Trust Fund

Ashford Leisure Trust Fund

up to £10,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults
Ashford

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

Are you a sports club, a community group that offers physical activities or a charity with a physical health focus? This fund is for you.

The purpose of the fund is to support local charitable projects delivering healthy recreational activities in the borough of Ashford, prioritising new activities in new parts of the district. Eligible activities include indoor and outdoor pursuits, those that increase physical well-being and those that bring people together in interests that raise the heart-rate.

Healthy recreational activities which engage people to mobilise, either as individuals or in a group or team. This would include (but not exclusively) activities such as dance, walking groups, table tennis, martial arts, golf, archery, chair exercise, bowling, and all types of sport and athletics, together with exercise forms such as Yoga, Pilates and Zumba. Activities can be targeted at any age group and any sector of the population.

The grant-making area is the whole of Ashford borough (click here to see a map), stretching from Chilham in the north, to Hamstreet in the south and from Monks Horton in the east to Biddenden in the west.

The priority of the fund is to encourage those who do not currently engage in positive recreational activities, perhaps because of lack of opportunity, confidence or finance, to get active.

As such, we anticipate supporting new activities in new venues and expanding existing activities to reach more people.

Grants available will be up to £10,000, possibly more for exceptional applications, although we anticipate many grants made will be for smaller amounts.

Grants will cover project delivery costs including activity costs, small capital costs such as equipment upgrades, project staff and volunteer costs. Core project costs – rent of a space, or activity insurance or training/accreditation fees etc – will also be considered.

The fund will be open throughout the year – apply through our themed funds (see links below). Consider your beneficiary “type” and select the theme which is most appropriate: 

If you will be engaging with all different ages, please select the theme which reflects the majority of your beneficiaries.

Applications received by end of February will be considered at a panel in April.

Applications received by end August will be considered at a panel in October. 

Contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk if you have any questions. 

Closing date
31st December 2021
Landsec  Securities LINK Fund logo

Land Securities LINK Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

from £1,000 to £5,000
Young People, Employability, Skills and Enterprise, NEETs, Vulnerable Adults
Northfleet/Swanscombe
Small, local voluntary and community groups and charities in the Swanscombe/Northfleet area. Projects which benefit young people with a focus on NEETS, education and training projects with a focus on addressing employability and homelessness
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Out of the Ordinary Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
SKILLS AND ENTERPRISE
ALL LOCATIONS

TO APPLY PLEASE FIRST CONTACT NATALIE@KENTCF.ORG.UK

Do you know someone – a colleague, volunteer, friend – who has a brilliant idea that could have a significant impact for social good? Do they struggle to find time or resource to follow their idea through?

The Martello Fund, administered by Kent Community Foundation, has launched the Out of the Ordinary Fund; a new fund to encourage experimentation and enterprise.

It is offering a catalyst grant of up to £5,000 to individuals seeking support to investigate/focus on/incubate an idea that they think has real potential.

Potential grantees should be nominated for a grant by a third-party organisation that knows them (and their idea!) well. Any grants awarded would be paid to the nominating organisation.

We anticipate the grant will be spent on things such as staff time, expert advisor input, expenses (for example, to see a similar idea in practice in a different part of the country), and to test out the idea.

The Out of the Ordinary Fund allows time, space and resource for innovation. The ideas can be small or large, they just need to be something new and bold.

If you’d like to find out more, or would like to nominate someone to receive a grant from this dynamic new fund, please contact Natalie at Kent Community Foundation natalie@kentcf.org.uk in the first instance.

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The Fidelity Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

£5,000 to £20,000
Capital
All Locations

Capital and infrastructure projects that strengthen robust, registered charities with a solid track record over at least three years. Minimum income more than £100K, grant request must be less than 10% of this total income. Equipment, new construction, renovation and expansion will be considered, alongside strategic IT projects and consultancy (for example, to give specialist input to mergers/planning). Applicants must show how they will use the investment to achieve significant measurable outcomes in terms of new levels of achievement, efficiency and sustainability i.e. money saved, increased number of beneficiaries, increase in hours of service delivery, quality of intervention increased, additional income generated etc. Click here for more information about the fund guidelines.


PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. 


Kent Community Foundation logo

Kent County Council Strategic Recovery Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Between £5K and £10K
Kent

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is administering this fund on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC) to help organisations to adapt to the “new normal” post COVID-19. It is intended to support organisations to develop/adapt business plans and strategies to put them in a stronger position to thrive, including accessing a range of funding sources. This is about recognising that organisations will need to diversify their business models to adapt to the current challenges and increase the sustainability of organisations. It’s about helping you think through a strategic problem facing your organisation.

Grants of between £5K and £10K are available, with many being made at the lower end of the range, to purchase one-off support across a range of topics including:

  • Business planning/operational review and strategy
  • Income generation review and strategy
  • Financial review and strategy
  • Website upgrade/digital skills
  • Marketing/social media enhancements

The grant could pay for a specialist time-limited intervention or for training.

We expect applicants to have identified the support they need and the providers/consultant they intend to work with and have costed this as part of their application.

Grants, once received, should be spent within six months.

Find more information, including guidance on selecting a consultant to work with here.

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Frances Smith & Clay Cottage Trust Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £2,000
Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults
Meopham

APPLY THROUGH ELDERLY & ISOLATED OR VULNERABLE ADULTS THEMED FUNDS

The purpose of the fund is to benefit disadvantaged individuals and community groups in Meopham and immediate surrounding areas, with particular focus for organisations who support people suffering with Alzhiemer's.

The fund also welcomes applications from local groups with projects for refurbishing and/or purchasing equipment to adapt to COVID-19 safety measures.

Grants will be made up to £2,000.


Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund logo

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
Community groups
Romney Marsh

Local community Projects/Groups within 10 kilometres of the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm.


The Overstone Fund logo

The Overstone Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
Vulnerable Adults, Disadvantaged, Young People, Children
All Locations

Projects with a focus on reducing offending and re-offending rates or encouraging entrepreneurship among young people and the disadvantaged. Projects providing musical opportunities or countryside activities for disadvantaged children. 

Decisions are made twice per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2019 and 29th February 2020 will receive decisions by 31st May 2020

Applications submitted between 1st May 2020 and 31st August 2020 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2020

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 28th February 2021 will receive decisions by 31st May 2021

David Friday Memorial Fund logo

David Friday Memorial Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People and Families, Employability, Skills and Enterprise
All Locations

To help and support disadvantaged children and young people within Kent, to further their education and training, in order to fulfil their potential.

Medway Corporate Giving Fund

Medway Corporate Giving Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £3,500
Community Groups
Medway
Innovative Medway-based projects which make a real difference in the local community and help those most in need. Charities will be given the opportunity to present their project to a panel of local businesses. 

Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 28th February 2021 will receive decisions by 31st May 2021

Applications submitted between 1st May 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Applications submitted between 1st September 2021 and 29th February 2022 will receive decisions by 31st May 2022



Involving Medway logo

Involving Medway - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £2,500
Local Community
Medway & Swale

The Involving Medway small grants pot is now open for applications – and this time the invitation is extended to communities in Swale as well.

Community organisations and volunteers have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to connect communities and keep people safe and well. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to community groups for initiatives which help beat social isolation and encourage people in Medway and Swale to participate in community activities. This year we are particularly interested in ideas which manage to connect isolated people virtually.

Involving Medway is funded by NHS Kent and Medway CCG aiming to support healthier communities in Medway and to make sure local people have more of a say in health and care. Since 2017 more than 70 organisations have received grants for running choirs, holding woodwork classes, taking local people on special outings and setting up community gardens. Activities have benefited over 4,000 local people.

For Guidance Notes click here.


20th Anniversary Fund - Core Support logo

20th Anniversary Fund - Core Support - CURRENTLY CLOSED

£12,000
Core Support
ALL LOCATIONS

Funding for core costs e.g. utilities, rent, service delivery staff, support staff. One grant per district in Kent and Medway. Click here for full details

Click here to fill in this application form by 1st March 2021.

The Port of Dover Community Fund logo

The Port of Dover Community Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £10,000
Young People, Employability, Skills and Enterprise, Culture, Environment
Dover

The Port of Dover Community Fund has been established to benefit the Dover community. We are seeking projects in two key areas:

Skills & Jobs – projects that provide opportunities to develop skills, support people on the pathway into employment and assist job creation, with a particular focus on young people.

Community - activities that enrich the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities, enhancing Dover as an attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit.

All applications must demonstrate a long-term sustainable impact on Dover, improved quality of life for all and the needs of Dover’s young people, with a particular emphasis on aspiration, education and employability. Successful projects will bring people together, raise aspirations and standards within Dover and promote a pride in the community and place.

All projects need to show how they will benefit the Dover community and will be evaluated in terms of the impact they can demonstrate they are likely to have. Priority will be given to projects that can explain how they will make a sustainable difference. Applicants are encouraged to set out any match funding they have raised or plan to raise. One off events will be considered but applicants will need to demonstrate their long-term benefit to the community.

The panel would like to see evidence that local events are coordinated to avoid duplication and maximise impact. Consideration will be given to funding exceptional projects over three years, focusing on delivering long-term sustainable outcomes within Dover. Applications from individuals will not be considered. Geographical reach: Dover and its immediate environs.

If you have any questions please contact Rachele rachele@kentcf.org.uk

Decisions are made twice per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st May 2020 and 31st August 2020 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2020

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 31st March 2021 will receive decisions by 31st May 2021


Medway Better Connected Community Chest Fund logo

Medway Better Connected Community Chest Fund

Up to £3,000
Elderly & Isolated, Capital
Medway

The Medway Better Connected Community Chest Fund offers grants up to £3,000 for local groups/organisations delivering community benefit to people over the age of 65 living in Medway, in order to reduce loneliness and social isolation. Funding can cover virtual or online activities, and priority will be given to those organisations using physical activity, art and culture or intergenerational ideas to engage their beneficiaries. Project-specific capital costs will be considered, as will set-up costs for new activities for the target group. The focus of the fund is to increase the range of fun, stimulating, positive activities where older people in Medway can enjoy themselves and make friends.

The Brook Trust Fund for Kent logo

The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

Up to £5,000
Prevention, hard to fund, lower income
All locations

Local community groups and charities working to achieve positive social outcomes, using early intervention where possible, tackling disadvantage, deprivation and social exclusion. This fund is specifically seeking to fund small grassroots groups with an annual income of below £100,000. 

Decisions are made three times per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 31st December 2020 will receive decisions by 29th February 2021

Applications submitted between 1st December 2020 and 31st May 2021 will receive decisions by the 31st August 2021

Applications submitted between 1st June 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Apply now
Closing date
31st May 2021
Kent Reliance Provident Society Community Fund logo

Kent Reliance Provident Society Community Fund

Up to £3,500
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated
All Locations

Applications accepted from local community groups, charities and social enterprises to fund projects working with children and young people, plus projects providing support to the elderly across Kent and Medway.

Decisions are made three times per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 30th November 2020 will receive decisions by 29th February 2021

Applications submitted between 1st December 2020 and 31st May 2021 will receive decisions by the 31st August 2021

Applications submitted between 1st June 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Apply now
Closing date
31st May 2021
The Green Family Fund logo

Green Family Fund

Up to £5,000
CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES
ALL LOCATIONS

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS.

To support local projects addressing a range of community needs within Kent to improve the lives of disadvantaged, isolated and vulnerable people. 

Some particular areas of interest include; projects focusing on prevention; young people, teenagers, education and grittier projects dealing with challenging issues such as self-harm and teenage pregnancy. Projects local to Edenbridge are also a particular interest. 

Closing date
31st May 2021
Lawson Endowment for Kent logo

Lawson Endowment for Kent

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise
All locations

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

This fund supports projects across Kent and  Medway, working around four broad themes – Children Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Employability, Skills & Enterprise and Vulnerable Adults. Project and core costs considered, as are small capital requests. Decisions are made quarterly. 

Applications up to £5,000 from locally-based charities - apply to Kent Community Foundation. The trustees of The Lawson Trust sometimes award larger grants by invitation only - contact Hayley Corker in the first instance at enquiries@lawsontrust.org

You can apply to Lawson twice a year, six months apart, via our themed funds. Your application will be considered by the Lawson panel, and by any other KCF panels which we think may be interested in it. Please note Lawson is unlikely to fund the same organisation more than once in a year – whether directly or via Kent Community Foundation.

If you are not sure whether to apply via Kent Community Foundation or direct to Lawson, please contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk for advice

Closing date
31st May 2021
High Hilden Fund logo

High Hilden Fund

Up to £7,500
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise
Tonbridge & Malling

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

This fund supports new or existing charities and community groups within the Tonbridge and Malling area, working around four broad themes – Children Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Employability, Skills & Enterprise and Vulnerable Adults.

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up £5,000 but exceptional applications may receive up to £7,500. 


Closing date
31st May 2021
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The Auston Trust Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

This fund supports new or existing charities and community groups, working around four broad themes – Children Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Employability, Skills & Enterprise and Vulnerable Adults.

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up £5,000.


Closing date
31st May 2021
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The Raddon Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

To support local charitable projects delivering community benefits in Kent with a preference for North West Kent.

- Women and girls (domestic abuse and period poverty)

- Families and young carers / young people ‘s counselling services

- The promotion of reading and literacy / access to books

- Entrepreneurship, employability & skills

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 4 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up to £5,000.


Closing date
31st May 2021
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Barretts Charitable Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability & Skills & Enterprise

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

To support local groups delivering community benefit primarily in South East Kent with a preference for education, mental health and homelessness. The fund will consider other causes and over a wider geographical area from time to time.

Applications are open all year round and decisions are made every 4 months. Please see the Themed Funds further up on this webpage for more details about application deadlines and when decisions are made. 

Grants will be made up to £5,000.


Closing date
31st May 2021
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Made by Sport

£2,021
Children, Young People & Families, Sport, Mental Health, Core
ALL LOCATIONS

The Made by Sport Fund will offer unrestricted grants of up to £2,021 for groups delivering sports development programmes for young people up to the age of 25. This fund is specifically seeking to award grants to groups with a majority membership of 5 – 25 year olds, who are using community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, such as improving mental health, developing life skills or reducing anti-social behaviour or crime.

Please note, applicants must have an annual income of £75,000 or under in order to be eligible.

Click here to view FAQs for applicants 

Contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk if you have any questions. 

Apply now
Closing date
1st June 2021
Frank Brake Community Fund

Frank Brake Community Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults, Employability, Skills & Enterprise, Capital, Local Community
South East Kent

The fund will support projects for children, young people and families, participation in sports, improvements to community facilities such as village halls and community centres, volunteering, employability, the elderly and the disabled in South East Kent with a priority given to groups within a 10 mile radius of Ashford. The fund will also consider uniformed youth groups and children's sports groups within the area.

Decisions are made twice per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 31st December 2020 will receive decisions by 29th February 2021

Applications submitted between 1st January 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Apply now
Closing date
31st August 2021
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Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families
Thanet

The Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund focusses mainly on children, young people and families in East Kent, in particular Thanet. 

Causes related to children up to the age of 18, with priority given to small organisations and direct support to young people. 

Grants usually of up to £5,000. 

As a guideline, applications submitted by 30th November will receive decisions by 29th February the following year.

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Closing date
30th November 2021
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The Crown Charitable Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families, Volunteer-delivered
Canterbury

Volunteer led groups working in Canterbury, Herne Bay and surrounding areas with preference for projects supporting children and young people.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2021
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Grassroots Carers Respite Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families
All Locations

Projects providing respite breaks for unpaid carers. This application form is for groups of carers wishing to take time out from their caring role organised by charities or community groups which cater for carers.

For individuals wishing to apply for funding for respite breaks, please see our individual funding page for information on submitting a nomination form.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2021
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The Dulverton Trust Fund

£500 - £5,000
Disadvantaged, Young People, Children
All Locations
Projects that improve general wellbeing of local community, particularly those that bring people together. Also interested in funding heritage and conservation work. Grants of £500 to £5,000 will be awarded to small charities and charitable organisations with an annual income of £200,000 or under. 

Decisions are made every four months. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

  • Applications submitted between 1st December and 31st March will receive decisions by the end of June
  • Applications submitted between 1st April and 31st July will receive decisions by the end of October
  • Applications submitted between 1st August and 30th November will receive decisions by the end of February
Contact joanne@kentcf.org.uk for an informal chat. 
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Closing date
31st December 2021
Ashford Leisure Trust Fund

Ashford Leisure Trust Fund

up to £10,000
Children, Young People & Families, Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults
Ashford

APPLY THROUGH THEMED FUNDS

Are you a sports club, a community group that offers physical activities or a charity with a physical health focus? This fund is for you.

The purpose of the fund is to support local charitable projects delivering healthy recreational activities in the borough of Ashford, prioritising new activities in new parts of the district. Eligible activities include indoor and outdoor pursuits, those that increase physical well-being and those that bring people together in interests that raise the heart-rate.

Healthy recreational activities which engage people to mobilise, either as individuals or in a group or team. This would include (but not exclusively) activities such as dance, walking groups, table tennis, martial arts, golf, archery, chair exercise, bowling, and all types of sport and athletics, together with exercise forms such as Yoga, Pilates and Zumba. Activities can be targeted at any age group and any sector of the population.

The grant-making area is the whole of Ashford borough (click here to see a map), stretching from Chilham in the north, to Hamstreet in the south and from Monks Horton in the east to Biddenden in the west.

The priority of the fund is to encourage those who do not currently engage in positive recreational activities, perhaps because of lack of opportunity, confidence or finance, to get active.

As such, we anticipate supporting new activities in new venues and expanding existing activities to reach more people.

Grants available will be up to £10,000, possibly more for exceptional applications, although we anticipate many grants made will be for smaller amounts.

Grants will cover project delivery costs including activity costs, small capital costs such as equipment upgrades, project staff and volunteer costs. Core project costs – rent of a space, or activity insurance or training/accreditation fees etc – will also be considered.

The fund will be open throughout the year – apply through our themed funds (see links below). Consider your beneficiary “type” and select the theme which is most appropriate: 

If you will be engaging with all different ages, please select the theme which reflects the majority of your beneficiaries.

Applications received by end of February will be considered at a panel in April.

Applications received by end August will be considered at a panel in October. 

Contact natalie@kentcf.org.uk if you have any questions. 

Closing date
31st December 2021
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Land Securities LINK Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

from £1,000 to £5,000
Young People, Employability, Skills and Enterprise, NEETs, Vulnerable Adults
Northfleet/Swanscombe
Small, local voluntary and community groups and charities in the Swanscombe/Northfleet area. Projects which benefit young people with a focus on NEETS, education and training projects with a focus on addressing employability and homelessness
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Out of the Ordinary Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
SKILLS AND ENTERPRISE
ALL LOCATIONS

TO APPLY PLEASE FIRST CONTACT NATALIE@KENTCF.ORG.UK

Do you know someone – a colleague, volunteer, friend – who has a brilliant idea that could have a significant impact for social good? Do they struggle to find time or resource to follow their idea through?

The Martello Fund, administered by Kent Community Foundation, has launched the Out of the Ordinary Fund; a new fund to encourage experimentation and enterprise.

It is offering a catalyst grant of up to £5,000 to individuals seeking support to investigate/focus on/incubate an idea that they think has real potential.

Potential grantees should be nominated for a grant by a third-party organisation that knows them (and their idea!) well. Any grants awarded would be paid to the nominating organisation.

We anticipate the grant will be spent on things such as staff time, expert advisor input, expenses (for example, to see a similar idea in practice in a different part of the country), and to test out the idea.

The Out of the Ordinary Fund allows time, space and resource for innovation. The ideas can be small or large, they just need to be something new and bold.

If you’d like to find out more, or would like to nominate someone to receive a grant from this dynamic new fund, please contact Natalie at Kent Community Foundation natalie@kentcf.org.uk in the first instance.

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The Fidelity Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

£5,000 to £20,000
Capital
All Locations

Capital and infrastructure projects that strengthen robust, registered charities with a solid track record over at least three years. Minimum income more than £100K, grant request must be less than 10% of this total income. Equipment, new construction, renovation and expansion will be considered, alongside strategic IT projects and consultancy (for example, to give specialist input to mergers/planning). Applicants must show how they will use the investment to achieve significant measurable outcomes in terms of new levels of achievement, efficiency and sustainability i.e. money saved, increased number of beneficiaries, increase in hours of service delivery, quality of intervention increased, additional income generated etc. Click here for more information about the fund guidelines.


PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. 


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Kent County Council Strategic Recovery Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Between £5K and £10K
Kent

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is administering this fund on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC) to help organisations to adapt to the “new normal” post COVID-19. It is intended to support organisations to develop/adapt business plans and strategies to put them in a stronger position to thrive, including accessing a range of funding sources. This is about recognising that organisations will need to diversify their business models to adapt to the current challenges and increase the sustainability of organisations. It’s about helping you think through a strategic problem facing your organisation.

Grants of between £5K and £10K are available, with many being made at the lower end of the range, to purchase one-off support across a range of topics including:

  • Business planning/operational review and strategy
  • Income generation review and strategy
  • Financial review and strategy
  • Website upgrade/digital skills
  • Marketing/social media enhancements

The grant could pay for a specialist time-limited intervention or for training.

We expect applicants to have identified the support they need and the providers/consultant they intend to work with and have costed this as part of their application.

Grants, once received, should be spent within six months.

Find more information, including guidance on selecting a consultant to work with here.

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Frances Smith & Clay Cottage Trust Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £2,000
Elderly & Isolated, Vulnerable Adults
Meopham

APPLY THROUGH ELDERLY & ISOLATED OR VULNERABLE ADULTS THEMED FUNDS

The purpose of the fund is to benefit disadvantaged individuals and community groups in Meopham and immediate surrounding areas, with particular focus for organisations who support people suffering with Alzhiemer's.

The fund also welcomes applications from local groups with projects for refurbishing and/or purchasing equipment to adapt to COVID-19 safety measures.

Grants will be made up to £2,000.


Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund logo

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
Community groups
Romney Marsh

Local community Projects/Groups within 10 kilometres of the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm.


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The Overstone Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
Vulnerable Adults, Disadvantaged, Young People, Children
All Locations

Projects with a focus on reducing offending and re-offending rates or encouraging entrepreneurship among young people and the disadvantaged. Projects providing musical opportunities or countryside activities for disadvantaged children. 

Decisions are made twice per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2019 and 29th February 2020 will receive decisions by 31st May 2020

Applications submitted between 1st May 2020 and 31st August 2020 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2020

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 28th February 2021 will receive decisions by 31st May 2021

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David Friday Memorial Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People and Families, Employability, Skills and Enterprise
All Locations

To help and support disadvantaged children and young people within Kent, to further their education and training, in order to fulfil their potential.

Medway Corporate Giving Fund

Medway Corporate Giving Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £3,500
Community Groups
Medway
Innovative Medway-based projects which make a real difference in the local community and help those most in need. Charities will be given the opportunity to present their project to a panel of local businesses. 

Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 28th February 2021 will receive decisions by 31st May 2021

Applications submitted between 1st May 2021 and 31st August 2021 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2021

Applications submitted between 1st September 2021 and 29th February 2022 will receive decisions by 31st May 2022



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Involving Medway - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £2,500
Local Community
Medway & Swale

The Involving Medway small grants pot is now open for applications – and this time the invitation is extended to communities in Swale as well.

Community organisations and volunteers have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to connect communities and keep people safe and well. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to community groups for initiatives which help beat social isolation and encourage people in Medway and Swale to participate in community activities. This year we are particularly interested in ideas which manage to connect isolated people virtually.

Involving Medway is funded by NHS Kent and Medway CCG aiming to support healthier communities in Medway and to make sure local people have more of a say in health and care. Since 2017 more than 70 organisations have received grants for running choirs, holding woodwork classes, taking local people on special outings and setting up community gardens. Activities have benefited over 4,000 local people.

For Guidance Notes click here.


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20th Anniversary Fund - Core Support - CURRENTLY CLOSED

£12,000
Core Support
ALL LOCATIONS

Funding for core costs e.g. utilities, rent, service delivery staff, support staff. One grant per district in Kent and Medway. Click here for full details

Click here to fill in this application form by 1st March 2021.

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The Port of Dover Community Fund - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Up to £10,000
Young People, Employability, Skills and Enterprise, Culture, Environment
Dover

The Port of Dover Community Fund has been established to benefit the Dover community. We are seeking projects in two key areas:

Skills & Jobs – projects that provide opportunities to develop skills, support people on the pathway into employment and assist job creation, with a particular focus on young people.

Community - activities that enrich the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities, enhancing Dover as an attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit.

All applications must demonstrate a long-term sustainable impact on Dover, improved quality of life for all and the needs of Dover’s young people, with a particular emphasis on aspiration, education and employability. Successful projects will bring people together, raise aspirations and standards within Dover and promote a pride in the community and place.

All projects need to show how they will benefit the Dover community and will be evaluated in terms of the impact they can demonstrate they are likely to have. Priority will be given to projects that can explain how they will make a sustainable difference. Applicants are encouraged to set out any match funding they have raised or plan to raise. One off events will be considered but applicants will need to demonstrate their long-term benefit to the community.

The panel would like to see evidence that local events are coordinated to avoid duplication and maximise impact. Consideration will be given to funding exceptional projects over three years, focusing on delivering long-term sustainable outcomes within Dover. Applications from individuals will not be considered. Geographical reach: Dover and its immediate environs.

If you have any questions please contact Rachele rachele@kentcf.org.uk

Decisions are made twice per year. Please use the following rounds as a guideline of when to expect a decision:

Applications submitted between 1st May 2020 and 31st August 2020 will receive decisions by the 30th November 2020

Applications submitted between 1st September 2020 and 31st March 2021 will receive decisions by 31st May 2021


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Medway Better Connected Community Chest Fund

Up to £3,000
Elderly & Isolated, Capital
Medway

The Medway Better Connected Community Chest Fund offers grants up to £3,000 for local groups/organisations delivering community benefit to people over the age of 65 living in Medway, in order to reduce loneliness and social isolation. Funding can cover virtual or online activities, and priority will be given to those organisations using physical activity, art and culture or intergenerational ideas to engage their beneficiaries. Project-specific capital costs will be considered, as will set-up costs for new activities for the target group. The focus of the fund is to increase the range of fun, stimulating, positive activities where older people in Medway can enjoy themselves and make friends.

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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