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

The Brook Trust

Kent Big Society Fund

Fidelity Fund

Strategic NEETs Project

Port of Dover Community Fund

The Phillips Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

Themed Programmes: Next Assessment Deadline Friday 27th May

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

Small Capital Grants Fund: Deadline 27th May 

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 Brook Trust Fund: Deadline 27th May

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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Kent Big Society Fund: Next assessment deadline 10th June

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

Strategic NEETs Project: Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 5pm 27th June

Kent Community Foundation is facilitating a syndicate of charitable funders who are minded to jointly fund a strategic project in Kent and/or Medway with the aim of:

Bringing about lasting, positive change to the lives of young people who have not made, or are at risk of not making, a successful transition from school into employment, further education or training and whose life chances are likely to be significantly affected by this.

We anticipate that the total funding available will be between £150,000 and £200,000p.a. for a minimum of three years.

If your organisation or partnership would like to put forward an initial proposal for consideration, please send a short submission to Kent Community Foundation (no more than 8 A4 pages) covering the headings in the guidelines (below) by 5pm 27th June 2016.  The intention is to shortlist the initial proposals and to invite a small number of organisations to present directly to a meeting of funders in July. 

You can send your proposals to with the subject line 'Strategic NEETs Project'. For any enquires please call the office on 01303 814500 or send us an email.

Please ensure you have downloaded and read the guidelines before submitting a proposal.

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The Fidelity Fund: Next assessment deadline 1st July

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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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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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