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The Lawson Trust Endowment Match Funding Challenge

The Lawson Trust Million Pound Endowment Match Challenge for the Environment.

How does it work?

The Lawson Trust Match Funding Challenge doubles your donation through Kent Community Foundation (KCF), with every £1 donated matched by another £1.

With an endowment fund, your donation is invested and the annual revenue generated then awarded to small charitable organisations in Kent and Medway. It’s a fantastic way to provide long-term, more stable support for local communities.

This match funding partnership gives those with a passion and commitment to Kent and Medway the opportunity to support voluntary groups that are dedicated to enhancing, preserving, and protecting our local environment. Funding will benefit communities by enabling access to services that boost physical and mental wellbeing, and engage people in more sustainable practices for better social, economic and environmental future outcomes.

How much can I donate? 

New donors: Minimum donation of £50,000 with no maximum but a £100,000 match cap.

Existing donors (KCF endowment fund-holders): Minimum top-up donation of £25,000 and a maximum of £50,000.

Who else is eligible? 

Match funding is open to individuals, families, charitable trusts and foundations and businesses. 

Can I donate shares?

Yes, gifts of publicly quoted shares, which attract tax relief, can be considered. 

What else do I need to know?

Funding will be awarded to charitable organisations with environmentally-focused activities that benefit Kent and Medway communities.

Existing Kent Community Foundation flow-through fund-holders must create a new endowment fund to take advantage of match funding.

The Lawson Trust will match donations until they reach a total £1 million.

Led by the Wild CIC

Hands of Hope

Culmer's Allotment Society

These are just some of the environmentally-focused charitable organisations and their projects which we have supported in the past. 

If you would like to find out more about how match funding works, get in touch with amy@kentcf.org.uk 01303 814 500amy@kentcf.org.uk

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Paul Rooney, The Rooney Foundation

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Rosalind Riley, Co-Founder and Trustee of The Brook Trust

The Jessel family have enjoyed the challenge of choosing organisations to support. The information provided by KCF is extremely helpful especially when there are photographs of the groups – seeing the people who may directly benefit from your grant is really inspirational as you can imagine the work going on during the year.

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Vicki Jessel, The Hornbeam Charitable Fund

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Robert Sackville-West, Sackville Family Fund & KCF Trustee

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

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