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 814 500.

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

Involving Medway Community Grants

Kent Big Society Fund

Lawson Endowment Fund for Kent

Fidelity Fund

Port of Dover Community Fund

The Pargiter Trust Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

The Brook Fund

Kent Reliance Fund

Kent and Medway Active Communities Fund

The Medway 100 Fund

The OverstoneFund

The Phillips Fund

The Atherton Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

Themed Programmes: Next Assessment Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

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, well-being 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)

Involving Medway Fund: Deadline 15th September 2017

Involving MedwayAvailable for groups delivering short term or one-off activities which increase the range of activities to better physical or mental health, encourage the growth of local initiatives designed and run by local residents or support residents of different ages, cultures, faith etc to come together across estate boundaries. This fund can involve support to very small community groups who can apply through a larger organisation, providing that organisation has a turnover greater than £100,000.

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Download the application form

Kent Big Society Fund: Next assessment Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

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

The Lawson Endowment Fund for Kent: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017


Grants (typically up to £5,000) are available to charities and community groups addressing genuine need in the local community – for instance, those supporting socially isolated elderly people, creating opportunities for vulnerable families and young people or assisting those furthest from the workplace to find meaningful employment. Priority is given to projects that engage local people, especially local volunteers. Given the provenance of the funds, projects relating to homelessness and/or housing are particularly welcomed.

Applications to this Fund should be made through KCF’s Themed Programmes listed above.

The Fidelity Fund:  Deadline Monday 2nd October 2017

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 Fund Managers James Horne, on 01303 815 153 or

Andy Garrett on 01303 815 158, to discuss your project before filling out the application form. 

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Port of Dover Community Fund: Deadline Monday 31st July 2017

Port of Dover Community Fund

The 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 Pargiter Trust Fund:  Deadline 14th July 2017

The Pargiter Trust Fund

The Fund will provide grants to not-for-profit organisations who are providing support to elderly people living in Kent and Medway who are over 65 years of age.

The Fund will support projects meeting one or more of the following themes:

• Improving health & well-being – Reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping older people to stay active through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering;

• Improving access to facilities, advice and training – Providing transport, supporting projects providing respite for carers, supporting Good Neighbourhood and befriending schemes and improving access to information and IT for older people, particularly where this involves intergenerational work;

• Overcoming problems - Helping elderly people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty; The fund will focus providing grants to smaller, grassroots groups (as opposed to larger organisations). The Fund would like to be active in areas of greatest need in Kent and will prioritise underrepresented BAME and LGBT groups where possible. By exception the fund will also consider potential requests that meet the theme of innovation.

Grants will generally be up to maximum of £5,000 but requests for grants up to £10,000 will be considered for larger projects that deliver greater impact.

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Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund: No Deadline

Grasssroots Carers Holiday

Projects 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 our individual funding page

for information on submitting a nomination form.

Grants up to £5,000

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The Brook Trust Fund: Deadline Monday 31st July 2017


Local 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 Reliance Provident Society Fund: Deadline 30th September

Kent RelianceApplications accepted from local community projects across Kent and Medway working with children and young people.

Grants up to £1,500

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Kent & Medway Active Community Fund: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

The project must be taking place in areas of deprivation, with a postcode starting with 'ME'.

Priority will be given to applications from small, locally-based community groups in areas of social, financial, and welfare disadvantage, making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 30.

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

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Medway Fund: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

Medway 100

Community 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 a Giving Circle event to be held at the end of October. 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 up to £1,000

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The Overstone Fund: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

Comic Relief

Projects with a focus on reducing offending and re-offending 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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The Phillips Fund: No Deadline

Philips Fund

Projects 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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Atherton Fund: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017 

Atherton Fund

To small groups & local charities supporting people and communities, primarily in the Canterbury and Barham areas.

Grants maximum of £1500

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The Crown Charitable Fund: No Deadline

Crown Charitable Fund

Volunteer 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 814 500 or email us