Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Emergency Funding for Charities Supporting People Affected by Coronavirus

Coronavirus is presenting new and significant challenges to voluntary organisations across Kent & Medway, making it harder for them to support vulnerable people at exactly the time when their needs may be increasing hugely.

In the last four months we have made grants (from KCF-raised funds plus donations from the national emergencies trust) totalling c.£1.6 million to frontline voluntary organisations helping people deal with the impact of COVID-19.

We paused applications for a couple of weeks to allow us to “catch up” and are pleased to now be re-opening the fund.

Please note: As we are going into summer holiday period, it may take us longer to process applications than it has been, so please allow up to a month to hear back from us.

Who can apply?

Although larger organisations can apply, we will give priority to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs, with an average annual income of less than £200,000 and who are supporting the most vulnerable people at this time.

We are particularly keen to support organisations who are reaching people in Kent and Medway who have lost jobs because of COVID-19 and are supporting them either with financial/practical/benefits advice or around employability/re-skilling/raising confidence etc.

Similarly, we are happy to consider requests for workplace adaptations.

Organisations that have already received emergency funding from KCF are welcome to apply again, but only if they can demonstrate a real need for additional resources to deal with the on-going impact of the pandemic.

How much can you apply for?

Grants are up to £10,000, but we anticipate most awards will be for less than that – we want this fund to support as many organisations as possible and so to reach the widest number of beneficiaries.

Please note: Where an applicant has more than six months of free reserves, we would expect them to be utilising some of those monies in this time of crisis. Reserves are built up to be accessed in high risk scenarios, which is of course what we are in now.

We would expect organisations to have had a discussion about accessing reserves with their trustees before applying for emergency funding.

To apply to the KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund CLICK HERE.

Want to donate? We're accepting donations big or small through our Virgin Money Giving page. 100% of your donation will go to organisations supporting the most vulnerable in our local communities.

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