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

Overstone Fund

Medway 100

People's Health Trust

Port of Dover Community Fund

Kent and Medway Active Community Fund

Little Cheyne Wind Farm Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

The Glenn & Phyllida Earle Family Fund

The Phillips Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

Themed Programmes: Next Assessment Deadline Friday 26th August

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 & Vulnerable 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 and other vulnerable 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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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)

Small Capital Grants Fund: Deadline 26th August 

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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The Overstone Fund: Deadline 19th August

Comic ReliefProjects with a focus on reducing offending and reoffending rates or encouraging entrepreneurship among young people and the disadvantaged. Projects providing musical opportunities or countryside activities for disadvantaged children.

Grants up to £5,000

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Port of Dover Community Fund: Deadline 26th August 

Port of Dover Community FundThe Port of Dover Community Fund has been established to benefit the Dover community. We are seeking projects in two key areas:

  • Skills & Jobs – projects that provide opportunities to develop skills, support people on the pathway into employment and assist job creation, with a particular focus on young people. 
  • Community - activities that enrich the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities, enhancing Dover as an attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit. 

All applications must demonstrate a long-term sustainable impact on Dover, improved quality of life for all and the needs of Dover’s young people, with a particular emphasis on aspiration, education and employability.  Successful projects will bring people together, raise aspirations and standards within Dover and promote a pride in the community and place.

All projects need to show how they will benefit the Dover community and will be evaluated in terms of the impact they can demonstrate they are likely to have.  Priority will be given to projects that can explain how they will make a sustainable difference. Applicants are encouraged to set out any match funding they have raised or plan to raise.  One off events will be considered but applicants will need to demonstrate their long-term benefit to the community.

The panel would like to see evidence that local events are coordinated to avoid duplication and maximise impact. Consideration will be given to funding exceptional projects over three years, focusing on delivering long-term sustainable outcomes within Dover. Applications from individuals will not be considered. Geographical reach: Dover and its immediate environs.

Grant size: The Fund wishes to be flexible but we expect the majority of awards to be between £2,000 and £10,000.

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Kent and Medway Active Community Fund: Deadline 26th August

Small, local community groups and charities supporting young people (primarily under the age of 18). The project must be taking place in areas of deprivation, with a postcode starting with 'ME'.

Grants from £1,500 to £5,000 and up to £10,000 for exceptional applications.

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Kent Big Society Fund: Next assessment deadline 9th September

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

People's Health Trust: Deadline 1pm on 14th September

People’s Health Trust

People’s Health Trust has re-opened Active Communities in Kent and Medway – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. They are looking for small projects, genuinely designed and run by local people.

The application process consists of a short Stage 1 form after which you may be invited by People's Health Trust to fill in a more in depth Stage 2 form. Click here to read more about the process.

Eligible projects are those which:

  • Are designed and led by local people 
  • Create stronger connections between people  
  • Last for between twelve months and two years 
  • Are small and local, for example, a few streets or a small village; or are a community of interest, experiencing social and economic disadvantage.
  • Especially looking for applications from fundable neighbourhoods in Dartford, Dover, Gravesham and Maidstone

Grant between £5,000 and £25,000 a year

Kent Community Foundation are offering support to groups wishing to apply to this Fund, please read our guidance notes and speak to a member of our Grants Team before beginning your application.

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund: Deadline 25th September

Little CheyneLocal community Projects/Groups within 10 kilometres of the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm

Grants up to £5,000

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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 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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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 Funds Manager, on 01303 814 500, to discuss your project before filling out the application form. 

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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