Funding for Individuals

Kent Community Foundation has five distinct funding streams that offer direct support to individuals and families in need. Whilst each stream has its own specific criteria, to apply to any of them the following four conditions must be met:

1. The individual or family being nominated must be a resident of Kent or Medway.

2. There must be a demonstrable financial disadvantage underlying the request (e.g.  the family are reliant on benefits or out of work for whatever reason).

3. All nominations must be submitted by a professional third party. 

4. The request is not for something that local/national authorities have a statutory duty to provide.

Please note: We cannot accept any nominations directly from the beneficiary or their family and friends. Examples of people that could nominate on another’s behalf include (but are not limited to): charity employees, social workers, GP’s and specialist doctors, occupational therapists or teachers. 

If you are unsure if you are able to make a nomination, please get in contact with Joanne Brown on joanne@kentcf.org.uk or call 01303 815 152 for further guidance.

Funding Available:

    Ivy and Jane Charitable Fund

    Young Carers up to the age of 18 who look after someone who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

    Purchase of particular items of need such as school uniform, books or laptops. The fund will also consider activities that the young carer might otherwise miss out on, thereby helping them to have enjoyable childhood experiences.

    Maximum request: None | Average grant: £100 - £1,000

    Ward and Partners Charitable Fund

    Children with physical disabilities, long term illnesses and/or life limiting conditions. Priority will be given to equipment that directly benefits the mental and physical health of the children. 

    Requests for respite, equipment, short breaks and 'make a wish' holidays for terminally ill children.

    Maximum request: None | Average grant: £500 - £2,000

    Rooney Foundation Fund

    Children with physical disabilities, long term illnesses and/or life limiting conditions. Priority will be given to equipment that directly benefits the mental and physical health of the children.  This fund will also accept requests outside of its remit for adults in exceptional circumstances - decisions to be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Requests for respite, equipment, short breaks and 'make a wish' holidays for terminally ill children.

    Maximum request: None | Average grant: £500 - £3,000

    Kent Young People’s Fund

    Children and young people in Kent and Medway who are disadvantaged, vulnerable, marginalised or at risk in some way.

    Activities and opportunities that the young person otherwise would not be able to afford and from which they would therefore be excluded.  For example; school trips, extracurricular activities or purchase of an item, such as a laptop.

    Maximum request: £500 | Average grant: £300 - £500

    Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund

    Adults caring for one or more individuals over the age of 18, who are seeking a break from their long term caring responsibilities.

    Holidays (up to one week), weekend breaks, pamper days and day trips.  The fund will also consider contributions towards travel costs to and from the break as well as a modest amount of spending money if the request includes an overnight stay.

    Maximum request: None | Average grant: £300 - £600

How to Apply:

If the individual being nominated fits within any of the criteria above, the nominator should email an initial request to joanne@kentcf.org.uk with a brief summary of the situation. If the request is eligible, an individual nomination form will then be emailed back to you.

Once the form has been completed, email it back to us at the same address, with a quote in support of the amount requested. This can be an email from the supplier, a proforma invoice or letter (on headed paper) or a screenshot from a website that clearly shows the name of the supplier and the cost of the item(s)/activity.

In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to accept postal nomination forms; however we require the majority of nominations to be submitted by email. If you are unable to send the form electronically, please do get in touch to discuss next steps.

Click here for tips on applying and FAQs or read our ten key facts about our funding for individuals here.