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

Comic Relief Local Communities Fund

Gatwick Foundation Fund

Port of Dover Fund

Brook Trust Fund

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund

Lawson Endowment Fund for Kent

Kent Big Society Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

The Phillips Fund

Themed Programmes: Next Assessment Deadline Friday 24th February

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)

Comic Relief: Local Communities Programme: Extended Deadline 9th December

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. 

Grants from £1,000 to £10,000

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The Gatwick Foundation Fund: Deadline 13th January

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.

We anticipate the maximum grant available will be £5,000.

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

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Port of Dover Community Fund: Deadline 31st January

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 Brook Trust Fund: Deadline 17th February

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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Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund: Deadline 17th February

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

Grants up to £5,000

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The Lawson Endowment Fund for Kent: Deadline 24th February

Little Cheyne

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.

Kent Big Society Fund: Next assessment deadline 2nd December

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

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