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

Core Support 2017

Ward & Partners Fund

Port of Dover

Gatwick Foundation Fund

Kent Big Society Fund

Lawson Endowment Fund for Kent

Fidelity Fund

Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

The Phillips Fund

Youth Social Action

Albert Burns

The Pargiter Trust Fund

The Crown Charitable Fund


Themed Programmes: Next Assessment Deadline Thursday 30th November 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)

Core Support 2017: 3rd November

Core Support

Kent Community Foundation recognises that frontline organisations invest a great deal of resource into applying for funding, and sometimes find it challenging to secure funding for their core work and overheads. In recognition of this, we are piloting a Core Support funding stream. The aim is to distribute £12,000 quarterly over a year (January 2018 – December 2018) upon receipt of satisfactory feedback. In this pilot, we are focusing on six districts and we anticipate making one grant per district. Beneficiaries must be living in one of these areas; Ashford, Dartford, Gravesham, Shepway, Swale and Thanet. VCOs should have had at least three KCF grants, with successful outcomes (where grant period has finished), in the last three years (since October 2014). All due reporting must have been submitted. They should also have an average annual income over last three years of up to £300,000.

The funding is for core costs e.g. utilities, rent, service delivery staff, support staff.  The funding is not for start-up costs, pump priming for new work or staff. If you are successful in your application for Core Support, you would be ineligible for further KCF funding during 2018.

The application process is brief because we will have a lot of your details on file. Fill in this form and email to natalie@kentcf.org.uk by 3rd November.

Ward & Partners Fund: No deadline

Ward & Partners

Grants are available to enable parents, carers and support groups to help very ill and disabled children get the most out of life. They offer invaluable funding to projects which benefit children with physical disabilities and/or life limiting conditions. Ward & Partners are keen to fund projects for individual nominations, volunteer-led projects and have a particular interest in funding equipment and activities which directly benefits children.

Funding is available at any time of the year.

Grants up to £5,000 but more may be considered

To apply for this funding please call 01303 815 152 or email joanne@kentcf.org.uk

Port of Dover Community Fund: Opening soon

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.

Please send your contact details to admin@kentcf.org.uk and we will contact you when the fund re-opens.

The Gatwick Foundation Fund: Opening soon

Gatwick Foundation FundThe Gatwick Foundation Fund is open 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 is £10,000 for exceptional projects, although we anticipate many successful applications will be for less than this amount.

Please contact admin@kentcf.org.uk for further information on the Gatwick Foundation Fund. 

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Kent Big Society Fund: Deadline 10th November 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 23rd October 2017

Lawson

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 23rd 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 to discuss your project before filling out the application form. 

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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 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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Youth Social Action: Deadline 20th October 2017

Crown Charitable Fund

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action and to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Grants from £1,000 and £5,000 for each project

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Albert Burns Children's Trust Fund: Deadline 31st October 2017 

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

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


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The Pargiter Trust Fund:Deadline 6th November 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 up to £5,000 will be considered.

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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