KCC Hardship and Resilience Grants

KCC Hardship Grants – Administered though KCF


NOW OPEN

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is administering a new hardship fund on behalf of Kent County Council for for individuals and families in financial hardship at this current time. KCF is able to provide cash hardship grants of up to £500 directly to individuals and families living in Kent to help with either buying food or essential items for the home or just to help pay the bills over the next few months. 

All enquiries must be for families living in areas covered by Kent County Council (this excludes Medway) and the funding cannot be used to repay arrears in rent or council tax.

It’s a simple process - just send an email to paul@kentcf.org.uk

Referrals must come from a professional like a social worker, charity, GP or teacher/FLO. KCF aim to get money to families within two weeks. 

Questions for referrers:
- Name and address of family 
- Financial circumstances (benefits, low income, single parent etc.)
- Why they need the funds
- What they will use the funds for
- Have they applied to KSAS for money/were they successful?
- Bank details (must be in the name of the family receiving the grant)

Unfortunately enquiries/applications direct from families cannot be accepted.

KCC Resilience Grants – Administered though KCF

OPEN FROM 21ST SEPTEMBER

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is administering a new resilience fund on behalf of Kent County Council to provide grants to organisations who are supporting families in financial difficulties, with a particular emphasis on food and debt advice. 

The intention is to fund those organisations currently seeing an increase in demand or anticipating an increase in demand this Autumn.

Priority Beneficiaries:

  1. People experiencing food poverty
  2. People experiencing financial hardship (needing money/debt/employment/benefits advice)
  3. Struggling families with dependent children

KCC is offering grants up to £10,000 through KCF and will prioritise organisations in Kent with an annual income of up to £200k. Grants must be spent by 31st March 2021.

Applications open from 21st September 2020. 

I am very grateful for your help last year, this money enabled me to go away with my daughter and give her the break she deserves. We were able to spend the money on doing things as a family and enjoy watching her smile and have a great time which I haven’t seen in a long while. I would like to send my warmest gratitude as you have helped me in more ways than you know. Thank you.

Mandy

A HUGE THANK YOU for the work you do and bringing sunshine to people’s lives. You really have made a difference to ours.

Mel

I would like to sincerely thank you for my guitar and the many accessories…I’m hoping to take music as one of my GCSE’s and now I have the guitar it will make my dream come true.

Young Carer

Thank you for your grant…This has come at a much needed time. Your grant will help my son access the amazing activities his school have on every half term and summer holidays.

Angela

I'm writing to you as I want to thank you for your kind and generous financial award which you gave me to attend Sea Cadets. Words alone can't express the happiness this opportunity has given me, I love sea cadets because I've been able to make new friends who enjoy the same things I do and it given me exciting opportunity which school and other organisations would not of been able to give me.

Young Carer

Just a note to say a huge thank you for my daughter’s IPad and speech app…Life with autism is tough if can’t communicate. This new IPad will come with her everywhere she goes so she can express her needs and make suggestions. A complete godsend! Thank you so much!

Claire

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