Funding Available

KCF have launched new application forms for some funds in this round. If you need any technical support with the new forms please contact us on 01303 814500.

We advise you only submit one application with us at one time. If you have more than one project you wish to apply for, or want your application to be considered across more than one of the funds listed below, please contact us before undertaking another application.

Funds currently open for applications are:

Themed Programmes

Small Capital Grants Fund

Kent Big Society Fund

Fidelity Fund

Medway 100

The Gatwick Foundation Fund

Dartford Big Local - Community Chest

The Brook Trust Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

The Glenn & Phyllida Earle Family Fund

Albert Burns Children's Trust Fund

Comic Relief Local Communities Fund

The Phillips Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

Themed Programmes: Next Assessment Deadline Friday 25th November

Our new Themed Programmes are open all year round and decisions are made every 3 months. 

Children, Young People & Families Theme

Every child deserves a safe and happy start in life that gives them the best possible chance of developing into mature, well-rounded adults and reaching their full potential.  

Kent Community Foundation is seeking local projects that are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Kent and Medway. 

Please read more about which types of projects are suitable and how the application process works before applying.

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Elderly & Isolated Adults Theme

People aged 85 and over are the fastest growing age group across the population. 30% of Kent’s population will be over 60 by 2026. "Campaign to End Loneliness” estimate that 10% of the UK population aged over 65 is lonely all or most of the time, for instance.

Kent Community Foundation is seeking local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly adults and support people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, combat social isolation.

 Please read more about which types of projects are suitable and how the application process works before applying.

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Vulnerable Adults Theme

A vulnerable person is someone who may need care and is unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation. Someone may not appear visibly vulnerable, but there are many people in our communities who need extra support or protection.

This theme exists to support projects that are working to look after and promote the safety, wellbeing and independence of vulnerable adults.

 Please read more about which types of projects are suitable and how the application process works before applying.

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Employability, Skills and Enterprise Theme

We are looking for projects which raise the aspirations and increase the skills and opportunities of people who are far from the labour market due to a range of challenging circumstances that can present barriers to employment. This may include young people/ NEETs, young parents, ex-offenders, ex-forces, those with financial barriers to gaining training, and those with learning disabilities, mental health issues or physical disabilities.

 Please read more about which types of projects are suitable and how the application process works before applying.

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Grants up to £5,000 (£7,500 may be considered for exceptional applications)

Kent Big Society Fund: Next assessment deadline TBC

Kent Big Society FundAre you a social enterprise that wants to grow your business in Kent? The Kent Big Society Fund is a social finance fund which can provide investment up to £100,000 for new and existing Kent-based social businesses and enterprising charities. Click here for more information about the fund and how to apply.

Loans up to £100,000

Medway Fund: Deadline 30th September

Little CheyneCommunity projects which help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Medway reach their potential. Selected Medway projects will be invited to present to members of the Medway 100 Club at an event to be held in October/November. Applications are welcome for a stand-alone project or a tangible element of a bigger project. Please make reference to how many volunteers are involved.

Grants from £1,500 to £2,000

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The Brook Trust Fund: Deadline 9th October

Little CheyneLocal community groups and charities working to achieve positive social outcomes, using early intervention where possible, tackling disadvantage, deprivation and social exclusion. This fund is specifically seeking to fund small grassroots groups with an annual income of below £100,000.

Grants up to £5,000

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The Glenn & Phyllida Earle Family Fund: Deadline 14th October

Little CheyneCharities / projects within 15 miles radius of Wadhurst that address social disadvantage and exclusion amongst older people, or help disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential. Preference for volunteer led organisations.

Grants up to £2,000

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Dartford Big Local - Community Chest: Deadline 18th October

Dartford Big LocalDartford Big Local is accepting applications for their Community Chest grant programme. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to local groups or organisations that want to deliver short term or one-off activities which help local people to build local community cohesion and community action.

Guidance notes including the area of benefit can be found here and an application form can be downloaded here. If you would like a paper copy of the guidance notes and application form or assistance in completing the application please contact Kent Community Foundation.

Grants up to £1,000 

The Fidelity Fund: Next assessment deadline 20th October

FidelityCapital expenditure projects that strengthen registered charities with a solid track record over at least 3 years. Applicants must show how they will use the investment to achieve significant measurable outcomes in terms of new levels of achievement, efficiency and sustainability. Click here for more information about the fund guidelines.

Grants from £5,000 to £20,000

Please call to speak to Andy Garrett, our Head of Funds and Operations, on 01303 814 500, to discuss your project before filling out the application form. 

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The Gatwick Foundation Fund: Deadline 21st October

The Gatwick Foundation Fund has opened to charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations working in West Kent, specifically the boroughs of Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling.

The Fund will prioritise projects which promote:

  • Employment, training & skills – helping people to gain confidence and raise aspirations through training and development of new skills. 
  • Families – supporting families and children in need and projects which combat social isolation and disadvantage. 
  • Widening horizons / providing opportunities – supporting projects that enable young people to have opportunities that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their horizons and aspirations. 
  • Elderly People - improving access to facilities and reducing isolation for the older generation. 

Grants may be used to fund existing services and facilities or new initiatives.

There may also be the possibility for successful projects to receive support from Gatwick employees – either a general volunteering contribution or specific skills.

The maximum grant available will be £10,000 for exceptional projects, although we anticipate many successful applications will be for less than this amount.

Please contact Natalie Smith, our Senior Funds Manager, for further information on the Gatwick Foundation Fund. 

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Albert Burns Children's Trust Fund: Deadline 25th November 

Albert Burns Community FundTo causes related to children up to the age of 18, with priority given to small organisations.

Grants usually up to £5,000 but consideration up to £10,000 will be given for exceptional applications.

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Comic Relief: Local Communities Programme: Deadline 28th November

Comic Relief

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Project should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Organisations can apply for funding to: Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise; Maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity; Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage; Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.

A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project. In this round 50% of the total funding distributed will go to sports projects.

Grants from £1,000 to £10,000

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Small Capital Grants Fund: Deadline 25th November

This fund is for charities and community groups needing funds to purchase small capital items which will directly benefit beneficiaries. You will need to demonstrate significant need for this item, and explain the impact it will have on your beneficaries. The item must not cost more than £2,000 in total. Priority will be given to organisations with an income of less than £150,000

Grants from £500 to £1,500

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Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund: No Deadline

Grasssroots Carers HolidayProjects providing respite breaks for unpaid carers. This application form is for groups of carers wishing to take time out from their caring role organised by charities or community groups which cater for carers.

For individuals wishing to apply for funding for respite breaks, please see out individual funding page for information on submitting an nomination form.

Grants up to £5,000

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The Phillips Fund: No Deadline

Philips FundProjects that aim to protect, conserve and enhance the use and character of the rural landscape and its communities. Funding will be considered for native planting e.g. trees/hedgerows in areas accessible to the public.

Grants up to £1,000

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The Crown Charitable Fund: No Deadline

Crown Charitable FundVolunteer led groups working in Herne Bay with preference for projects supporting children and young people. 

Grants up to £5,000

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For more information on any of these funding opportunities or for further information about applying to Kent Community Foundation please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Grants Team 01303 814 500. 

Please note: We are unable to accept applications from statutory organisations and un-constituted groups. 

Following the publicised deadline a decision may take up to 3 months - please ensure the project start date is after this time.  

To Apply:
 Provided your project meets any one of the funding priorities / named funds advertised, click Apply in that particular section. Please ensure you clearly demonstrate in the application how your project meets that priority / fund. We are unable to make grants outside of these priorities during each round.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on 01303 814500 or email us