Kent Community Foundation Reaches £30m Landmark

13th February 2018

Kent Community Foundation has this month achieved a major milestone by announcing it has distributed a total of £30 million to thousands of charities, organisations and individuals across Kent since it was launched in 2001.

KCF team

At a time when funding for many small, local charities is increasingly harder to secure, Kent Community Foundation is playing a vital role to ensure local communities and individuals receive the support they need.

Kent Community Foundation’s year on year donations have also increased rising from £2,701,636 in 2016 to £6,583,196 in 2017. The value of its endowment fund now stands at just over £18m up from £11m in March 2016.

Kent Community Foundation is supporting organisations which are working to address a number of primary issues in the region, including:

Arts, culture and heritage

Caring responsibilities

Counselling, advice and mentoring, disability and access issues

Education, learning and training

Employment and labour

Environment

Health, wellbeing and serious illness

Homelessness and housing

Language, culture and racial integration

Mental health

Offending / at risk of offending

Poverty and disadvantage

Refugees, asylum and immigration

Sexual abuse, violence, domestic violence and exploitation

Social inclusion / reducing isolation

Sport and recreationstronger communities and community support development

Supporting family life

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation comments: “Whilst we can’t put an exact figure on it, it would certainly be fair to say that thousands of people in Kent have benefited from our support. Whether that is through the services of a specific project or group or through the direct support we give to individuals. Over the last seventeen years Kent Community Foundation has grown significantly, and we now manage 73 donor advised funds.  We aim to strengthen local communities across Kent by providing funding, advice and support. The result is a sustainable and confident voluntary sector here in Kent.”

Deprivation however still exists in pockets of communities and one in five children under the age of five in Kent are living in poverty. Thanet is placed within England’s 10% most deprived local authority areas. It also has the highest 18-24 year old unemployment rate in the South East.

Josephine McCartney continues: “By working to create strong local communities we can help to connect those who want to help with those who are seeking help. By taking a strategic approach to the most pressing social challenges, we can maximise the impact of our grant making.” 

This is done primarily through Kent Community Foundation’s four overarching grant making themes; 

Children, young people and families

Elderly and isolated 

Vulnerable adults

Employability, skills and enterprise

Kent Community Foundation has also made the grant making process easier to enable more local groups to apply and details can be found at www.kentcf.org.uk/apply/