Funding Available

Empowering organisations and charities in Kent's local communities.

At KCF, our aim 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.

The grants we award support a number of primary issues in the county, contributing towards everything from specific projects to everyday running costs.

If you need any support with the online forms please contact us on 01303 814 500.

Open Funds

Themed Programmes

Our Themed Programmes are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months. Next Assessment Date: 31st August 2018.

In order to maximise the impact of our grant making, we have established four overarching grant making themes. Our Themed Programmes work across the key priorities for Kent communities and enable us to help people in greatest need. Grants size: up to £5,000 (£7,500 may be considered for exceptional applications).

Employability, Skills and 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 and Enterprise theme 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.

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 theme 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.

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.

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.

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We advise you only submit one application with us at one time. If you have more than one project you wish to apply for, or want your application to be considered across more than one of the funds listed below, please contact us on 01303 814 500 before undertaking another application.

The Port of Dover Community Fund

The Port of Dover Community Fund

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 us at admin@kentcf.org.uk

Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
The Gatwick Foundation Fund

The Gatwick Foundation Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People, Elderly, Employability
West Kent

The Gatwick Foundation Fund is open to charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations working in West Kent, specifically the boroughs of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and in particular, Sevenoaks.

The Fund will prioritise projects which promote:

  • Employment, training & skills – helping people to gain confidence and raise aspirations through training and development of new skills.
  • Families – supporting families and children in need and projects which combat social isolation and disadvantage.
  • Widening horizons / providing opportunities – supporting projects that enable young people to have opportunities that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their horizons and aspirations.
  • Elderly People - improving access to facilities and reducing isolation for the older generation.

Grants may be used to fund existing services and facilities or new initiatives. Applications from groups who have not applied before are particularly encouraged.

There may also be the possibility for successful projects to receive support from Gatwick employees – either a general volunteering contribution or specific skills.

The maximum grant available is £10,000 for exceptional projects, although we anticipate many successful applications will be for less than this amount.

Please contact admin@kentcf.org.uk for further information on the Gatwick Foundation Fund. 

Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
The Pargiter Trust

The Pargiter Trust

Up to £5,000
Elderly and Isolated
All Locations

The Fund will provide grants to not-for-profit organisations who are providing support to elderly people living in Kent and Medway who are over 65 years of age.

The Fund will support projects meeting one or more of the following themes:

• Improving health & well-being – Reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping older people to stay active through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering;

• Improving access to facilities, advice and training – Providing transport, supporting projects providing respite for carers, supporting Good Neighbourhood and befriending schemes and improving access to information and IT for older people, particularly where this involves intergenerational work;

• Overcoming problems - Helping elderly people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty; The fund will focus providing grants to smaller, grassroots groups (as opposed to larger organisations). The Fund would like to be active in areas of greatest need in Kent and will prioritise underrepresented BAME and LGBT groups where possible. By exception the fund will also consider potential requests that meet the theme of innovation.

Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
Involving Medway

Involving Medway

Up to £1,500
Local Community
Medway
Available for groups delivering short term or one-off activities which increase the range of activities to better physical or mental health, encourage the growth of local initiatives designed and run by local residents or support residents of different ages, cultures, faith etc to come together across estate boundaries. This fund can involve support to very small community groups who can apply through a larger organisation.

For Guidance Notes click here.


Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund

Up to £5,000
Community groups
Romney Marsh
Local community Projects/Groups within 10 kilometres of the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm
Apply now
Closing date
5th September 2018
Frank Brake Charitable Trust Fund - NEW

Frank Brake Charitable Trust Fund - NEW

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families
Ashford
Projects to protect, guide and develop children and young people for their future, including their participation in team sports. This fund is also seeking to fund small grassroots groups that are working to achieve positive social outcomes for those who are experiencing, difficult circumstances due to neurological conditions. Activities should deliver real value and be an inspiration to the local communities within Ashford and its surrounding areas (10 mile radius).
Apply now
Closing date
15th September 2018
Kent Reliance Provident Society Fund

Kent Reliance Provident Society Fund

Up to £2,500
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.

Apply now
Closing date
25th September 2018
#iwill Fund

#iwill Fund

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000
Local Community, Children, Young People and Families
All locations

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action and to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Apply now
Closing date
15th October 2018
David Friday Memorial Fund - NEW

David Friday Memorial Fund - NEW

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

To support disadvantaged young people (secondary school age and up) within a 10 mile radius of Cranbrook. Particular, although by no means exclusive, interest in agriculture/farming related projects.

Apply now
Closing date
31st October 2018
The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

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

The Fund is open all year round and decisions are made every quarter. Next Assessment Date: 15th October 2018.

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.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
The Crown Charitable Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

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

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

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
The Phillips Fund

The Phillips Fund

Up to £1,000
Environment
All locations

Projects that aim to protect, conserve and enhance the use and character of the rural landscape and its communities. Funding will be considered for native planting e.g. trees/hedgerows in areas accessible to the public.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
Ward & Partners Fund

Ward & Partners Fund

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

Grants are available to enable parents, carers and support groups to help very ill and disabled children get the most out of life. They offer invaluable funding to projects which benefit children with physical disabilities and/or life limiting conditions. Ward & Partners are keen to fund projects for individual nominations, volunteer-led projects and have a particular interest in funding equipment and activities which directly benefits children.

Funding is available at any time of the year.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday 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 2018
The Overstone Fund

The Overstone Fund

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. 

The Fidelity Fund

The Fidelity Fund

£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 call to speak to Natalie Smith, our Director of Grants & Impact, on 01303 815 159, to discuss your project before filling out the application form.

The Port of Dover Community Fund

The Port of Dover Community Fund

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 us at admin@kentcf.org.uk

Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
The Gatwick Foundation Fund

The Gatwick Foundation Fund

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People, Elderly, Employability
West Kent

The Gatwick Foundation Fund is open to charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations working in West Kent, specifically the boroughs of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and in particular, Sevenoaks.

The Fund will prioritise projects which promote:

  • Employment, training & skills – helping people to gain confidence and raise aspirations through training and development of new skills.
  • Families – supporting families and children in need and projects which combat social isolation and disadvantage.
  • Widening horizons / providing opportunities – supporting projects that enable young people to have opportunities that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their horizons and aspirations.
  • Elderly People - improving access to facilities and reducing isolation for the older generation.

Grants may be used to fund existing services and facilities or new initiatives. Applications from groups who have not applied before are particularly encouraged.

There may also be the possibility for successful projects to receive support from Gatwick employees – either a general volunteering contribution or specific skills.

The maximum grant available is £10,000 for exceptional projects, although we anticipate many successful applications will be for less than this amount.

Please contact admin@kentcf.org.uk for further information on the Gatwick Foundation Fund. 

Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
The Pargiter Trust

The Pargiter Trust

Up to £5,000
Elderly and Isolated
All Locations

The Fund will provide grants to not-for-profit organisations who are providing support to elderly people living in Kent and Medway who are over 65 years of age.

The Fund will support projects meeting one or more of the following themes:

• Improving health & well-being – Reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping older people to stay active through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering;

• Improving access to facilities, advice and training – Providing transport, supporting projects providing respite for carers, supporting Good Neighbourhood and befriending schemes and improving access to information and IT for older people, particularly where this involves intergenerational work;

• Overcoming problems - Helping elderly people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty; The fund will focus providing grants to smaller, grassroots groups (as opposed to larger organisations). The Fund would like to be active in areas of greatest need in Kent and will prioritise underrepresented BAME and LGBT groups where possible. By exception the fund will also consider potential requests that meet the theme of innovation.

Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
Involving Medway

Involving Medway

Up to £1,500
Local Community
Medway
Available for groups delivering short term or one-off activities which increase the range of activities to better physical or mental health, encourage the growth of local initiatives designed and run by local residents or support residents of different ages, cultures, faith etc to come together across estate boundaries. This fund can involve support to very small community groups who can apply through a larger organisation.

For Guidance Notes click here.


Apply now
Closing date
1st September 2018
Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund

Up to £5,000
Community groups
Romney Marsh
Local community Projects/Groups within 10 kilometres of the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm
Apply now
Closing date
5th September 2018
Frank Brake Charitable Trust Fund - NEW

Frank Brake Charitable Trust Fund - NEW

Up to £5,000
Children, Young People & Families
Ashford
Projects to protect, guide and develop children and young people for their future, including their participation in team sports. This fund is also seeking to fund small grassroots groups that are working to achieve positive social outcomes for those who are experiencing, difficult circumstances due to neurological conditions. Activities should deliver real value and be an inspiration to the local communities within Ashford and its surrounding areas (10 mile radius).
Apply now
Closing date
15th September 2018
Kent Reliance Provident Society Fund

Kent Reliance Provident Society Fund

Up to £2,500
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.

Apply now
Closing date
25th September 2018
#iwill Fund

#iwill Fund

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000
Local Community, Children, Young People and Families
All locations

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action and to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Apply now
Closing date
15th October 2018
David Friday Memorial Fund - NEW

David Friday Memorial Fund - NEW

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

To support disadvantaged young people (secondary school age and up) within a 10 mile radius of Cranbrook. Particular, although by no means exclusive, interest in agriculture/farming related projects.

Apply now
Closing date
31st October 2018
The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

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

The Fund is open all year round and decisions are made every quarter. Next Assessment Date: 15th October 2018.

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.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
The Crown Charitable Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

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

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

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
The Phillips Fund

The Phillips Fund

Up to £1,000
Environment
All locations

Projects that aim to protect, conserve and enhance the use and character of the rural landscape and its communities. Funding will be considered for native planting e.g. trees/hedgerows in areas accessible to the public.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
Ward & Partners Fund

Ward & Partners Fund

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

Grants are available to enable parents, carers and support groups to help very ill and disabled children get the most out of life. They offer invaluable funding to projects which benefit children with physical disabilities and/or life limiting conditions. Ward & Partners are keen to fund projects for individual nominations, volunteer-led projects and have a particular interest in funding equipment and activities which directly benefits children.

Funding is available at any time of the year.

Apply now
Closing date
31st December 2018
Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday 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 2018
The Overstone Fund

The Overstone Fund

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. 

The Fidelity Fund

The Fidelity Fund

£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 call to speak to Natalie Smith, our Director of Grants & Impact, on 01303 815 159, to discuss your project before filling out the application form.

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