Grants for individuals

Funding for individuals and families

Kent Community Foundation has five distinct funding streams that offer direct support to individuals and families in need. Whilst each stream has its own specific criteria, to apply to any of them the following four conditions must be met:

  1. The individual or family being nominated must be a resident of Kent or Medway
  2. There must be a demonstrable financial disadvantage underlying the request (e.g. the family are reliant on benefits or out of work for whatever reason)
  3. All nominations must be submitted by a professional third party
  4. The request is not for something that local/national authorities have a statutory duty to provide

Please note: We cannot accept any nominations directly from the beneficiary or their family and friends. Examples of people that could nominate on another’s behalf include (but are not limited to): charity employees, social workers, GPs and specialist doctors, occupational therapists or teachers. 

How to apply

If the individual you wish to nominate fits within any of the criteria above, please email an initial request to with a brief summary of the situation. If the request is eligible, an Individual Nomination form will then be emailed back to you to complete on the individual/family’s behalf.

Be aware that decisions for each fund are made on a quarterly basis - please ensure that you advise your nominee of the expected waiting time. If you are requesting funding for anything timing specific (a PGL trip or short respite break for example), please make sure to submit the nomination form as early as possible before the start date to avoid disappointment. 

Please do not print the form and complete it by hand as we cannot accept handwritten nomination formsIn these circumstances we will have to contact you to resubmit the form and this will delay your nomination. 

All nominations must be submitted by email though in exceptional circumstances. If you are unable to send the form electronically for any reason, please do get in touch to discuss next steps.

Please contact our Grants Officer, Joanne to request a form01303 814

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.


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


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.


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!


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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