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£1m Distributed from Kent Community Foundation's Coronavirus Emergency Fund to Charitable Organisations.

To date, we have awarded £1,031,804 to 314 charities and community groups supporting vulnerable adults, children, young people, families, and the elderly across Kent and Medway.

Our Coronavirus Emergency Fund is still open for applications but we thought it right to celebrate an incredible milestone, as we continue to work hard to reach those in most need.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “We are delighted that Kent Community Foundation has been able to respond quickly to charities struggling financially during the pandemic by awarding just over £1m to over 300 charities and community groups doing vital work across Kent and Medway. £420,000 of the funding has been awarded to projects working with vulnerable adults, £380,000 to projects working with children, young people and families and £232,000 to those helping the elderly and isolated.”

Applications for emergency funding were received from charities and community groups who were not only trying to provide their usual services but were responding to a huge surge in demand for their support and implementing additional or alternative ways to help,  while having limited or no immediate opportunities to fundraise due to social restrictions.

Josephine McCartney, continued, “Kent Community Foundation is extremely worried about the future of the charitable sector and wants to reassure charities that we will continue to provide financial support for those helping communities across Kent and Medway. We recognise that the sustainability of many small charities is often fragile, and particularly now after the huge challenges they have faced during lockdown. The restrictions are being lifted slowly but we know that there is a long and worrying road ahead for charities who will probably have no opportunity to do major fundraising until next year.”

The KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund allocations were split in to three main areas of need:

  • 118 projects supporting vulnerable adults received funding totalling £419,726
  • 119 projects supporting children, young people and families received funding totalling £379,514
  • 63 projects supporting the elderly and vulnerable received funding totalling £232,564

The projects receiving funding included domestic abuse, education and training, health and wellbeing, mental health, offending and at risk, poverty and disadvantage, refugees, BAME, social inclusion, sport and recreation, supporting family life, arts, culture and heritage, community support, disability and access, and caring responsibilities

Financial support was awarded to projects in all parts of the county and the geographical split of the funding is detailed below. 

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