Kent Community Foundation Celebrates Twenty Years of Making a Difference Across Kent and Medway with a New Fund

Over the last 20 years Kent Community Foundation has distributed over £40 million to good causes. To celebrate this major milestone, the Foundation has created the 20th Anniversary Fund to distribute over £350,000 to organisations across Kent and Medway.

The 20th Anniversary Fund will open for applications for core support in February 2021 and will offer thirteen organisations, one from each district, £27,600 over three years, to help with their running costs.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “This year Kent Community Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a grant-maker. As part of our celebrations, we delighted to be able to give thirteen local organisations the opportunity to secure three-year funding for their running costs. In 2020 we surveyed charitable groups in Kent and Medway and the results demonstrated that core funding was the area where these groups really needed help. Setting up a new 20th Anniversary Fund with funding from the John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust, seemed a really fitting way to celebrate our anniversary and we thank them for their support.”

The new 20th Anniversary Fund will open for applications in February, from organisations who have previously received funding from Kent Community Foundation. The successful organisations will receive their first grant of £12,000 in April 2021, a second grant of £9,600 in April 2022 and an additional grant of £6,000 in April 2023 to be used towards their core costs, including utilities, rent, and staffing costs.

More details about the 20th Anniversary Fund and the application criteria can be found here

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.

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