Kent Funders Forum

KCF has established an informal Kent Funders Forum, bringing together locally-based funders and charitable trusts for cross-referrals, informal support, and best practice discussion. The first meeting of this Forum was held at the home of Sir Roger De Haan in 2015, where ten local funders gathered to meet each other and share their interests and experiences. Those present demonstrated an interest in a more regular 'membership' of this forum, through annual gatherings and sharing funding opportunities amongst other local grant-makers. Therefore KCF will continue to facilitate the Kent Funders Forum to help local grant-makers make a collaborative impact in meeting the needs of our community.

If you would like to join or learn more about the Funders Forum, please contact our Development Officer, Sophie Hosking at development@kentcf.org.uk

Members of the Kent Funders Forum include:

The Brook Trust

Cleary Foundation

Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust

Fidelity UK Foundation

Gatwick Airport Community Trust

The Godinton Charitable Trust

The Tory Family Foundation

Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust

Rochester Bridge Trust

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

Saga Charitable Trust

 

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The Brook Trust

The Brook Trust provides grants for projects working with victims of domestic abuse or early intervention programmes for deprived children and families in order to break the cycle of deprivation. 

The Trust will consider grants for up to three years where there is evidence of long-term sustainability. 

Initial enquiries should be made by email to: info@brooktrust.org. The Trust will then invite suitable organisations to fill in an application.

For more information, please visit the website: www.brooktrust.org

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Cleary Foundation

The Cleary Foundation supports project across south east Kent which focus on education, conservation and the environment, and the arts. Grant sizes are considered on a case by case basis. 

Application forms can be downloaded from the website: www.clearyfoundation.org.uk

For more information please call 01304 851737 or email clearyfoundation@hotmail.com

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Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust

The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust supports a range of charitable activities aiming to improve the lives of people in Kent, and in particular those who are most disadvantaged. Grant sizes range between £15,000 and £75,000. The majority of grants are between £20,000 and £50,000.

Application forms and expression of interest forms are available via the website: www.cfct.org.uk

For more information please call 02089 483388 or email grantadmin@cfct.org.uk

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Fidelity UK Foundation

The Fidelity UK Foundation supports strong charities to add lasting, measurable value to their work. The Foundation seeks to support strategic initiatives. Grant sizes range from £10,000 to £100,000, with the majority of grants being £25,000 or more.

A letter of enquiry should be sent directly to the Foundation via email: foundation@fil.com. There is a six to eight week review process upon receiving this letter, after which the Foundation will invite suitable applicants to submit a full application.

For more information please call 01732 777364 or visit www.fidelityukfoundation.org

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Gatwick Airport Community Trust

The Gatwick Airport Community Trust supports projects which benefit people living in areas most direclty affected by airport operations. Please refer to the Trust guidelines and maps of the area of benefit which can be found on the website: www.gact.org.uk. Grant sizes range from £1,000 to £5,000. Occasional larger grants may be considered if the project will benefit a significant number of people and is considered to make a valuable and noticeable difference longer term.

Currently, the Trust awards grants once a year. Applications can be made from January with a deadline date in March. Grants are awarded by the end of May. All application forms and guidelines can be found on www.gact.org.uk.

For more information please call 01892 826088 or email: mail@gact.org.uk

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The Godinton Charitable Trust

The Godinton Charitable Trust supports general charitable activities that benefit disadvantaged people across Kent. Grants are generally between £100 and £5,000. 

Applicants should contact the Trust directly for details of how to apply for a grant, either by calling 01233 632652 or emailing office@godintonhouse.co.uk.

For more information about this Trust visit the Charity Commission website.

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The Tory Family Foundation

The Tory Family Foundation supports projects primarily in Kent, but also both national and international causes. Grants are available for educational, religious, social and medical causes. Grant sizes range from £500 to £5,000.

Applicants should contact the Foundation directly for details of how to apply for a grant, by calling 01303 862280.

For more information about this Foundation visit the Charity Commission website.

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Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust

The Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust provides support to various charitable activities including: local voluntary organisations, care in the community, local hospices, preservation of buildings, assistance for the disabled, support to armed forces, and benevolent funds across Kent and Sussex. Grant sizes range from £500 to £5,000.

Applicants should contact the Trust directly for details of how to apply for a grant, by emailing enquiries@lawsontrust.co.uk.

For more information about this Foundation visit the Charity Commission website.

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Rochester Bridge Trust

The Rochester Bridge Trust supports projects through the Bridge Wardens’ Grants scheme, River Medway Fund Grants scheme and Fast-Track scheme. These schemes award grants under a number of priorities:

  • Promotion of education, awareness and study of civil engineering and related disciplines
  • Education, research and conservation of artefacts in the field of construction (particularly related to bridges)
  • Conservation of the historic fabric (including churches and other religious buildings) with an emphasis on features of historical importance
  • Education, research and conservation of artefacts relating to the history of the area covered by the ancient county of Kent
  • Education and research relating to agriculture in the area above.

Please see the website for more detailed information about these priorities and how to apply: www.rbt.org.uk/grants

The maximum grant size currently available is £25,000 from the Bridge Wardens’ Grants or River Medway Fund Grants schemes. The maximum grant available through the Fast-Track scheme is £2,000. Grants from the Bridge Wardens’ and River Medway Funds are limited to 20-75% of the total project cost. 

For more information about this Trust please email: bridgeclerk@rbt.org.uk or visit www.rbt.org.uk

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The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust provides support for, but not limited to, the following charitable activities: community development and regeneration, education, arts, culture and heritage, amateur sport, supporting young people, and health and welfare of elderly people. The Trust has a particular focus on east Kent. Generally grant sizes range from £1,000 to £10,000, with occasional grants between £50,000 and £100,000. Signature projects may recieve grants of multi million figures.

Application forms should be completed via the website or by post along with a set of recent accounts. If the application meets the criteria then it will be put to the Trustees for consideration during a meeting which takes place every two to three months. 

For more information about this Trust please call 01303 817542 or visit www.rdhct.org.uk/contact

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Saga Charitable Trust

The Saga Charitable Trust supports sustainable projects in developing countries that host Saga holiday-makers. The Trust supports four key areas: education, training, healthcare and income generation. Grants are available for up to £5,000. 

Funding proposals should be sent directly to the Trust after reading the fund guidelines (click here to download).

For more information about this Trust please call 01303 774069 or visit www.saga.co.uk/saga-charitable-trust