Community Chest - Sittingbourne
The Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta are launching their 2013 Community Chest
The Community Chest offers financial help to those smaller groups and organisation who may be over-looked. Last year they supported 12 such groups with a total of £4,000.
For more information please click the following link: http://www.swalecvs.org.uk/ScenDistributedDocuments.htm
West Kent Extra – Linda Hogan Community Fund
The Linda Hogan Community fund aims to help:
- Groups/organisations who provide or will provide, services to residents living in areas across Kent
- New groups and organisations to get off the ground
- Existing groups to start up and/or expand their services and activities
- Groups and organisations working with ‘hard to reach’ groups
For further information click here
Jobcentre Plus Local partnership opportunities
The Jobcentre Plus team exist to help their customers move into work as quickly as possible. They want to work together with partners across Kent & Medway and are offering this opportunity to improve the job prospects for local people click here
Active Dover Grants
Active Dover offers grant aid to clubs/organisations in the Dover District. Read more...
Deadline dates for applications in each calendar year are 28th February, 30th June, 31st October
Ashford Community Grants Fund
If you are a voluntary, community, not-for-profit or charitable organisation, or parish council, please click here for further information.
William Barrow’s Charity
Established over 300 years ago, to help residents living in the ecclesiastical parish of Borden, which extends well beyond the village, it is administered by local Trustees. The Charity can consider making discretionary grants to :
- Senior Citizens on a low fixed income
- Students starting or in tertiary education
- Parents/carers of those with specific needs
- Adults or children with special needs.
For enquiries or an application form, contact The Clerk to the Trustees of William Barrow’s Charity
43 Park Rd
ME10 1DY Tel: 01795 470556
All applications are treated in confidence. Registered Charity No. 307574
Community money available from the KCC Thanet Local Board
Member Community Grant. Each Thanet county councillor is allocated £10k every year to award to projects of local community benefit. Recommendations are made all year round. Grants tend to be for amounts of between £250 and £2,000.
All types of organisations and groups are welcome to apply, provided they are properly constituted with their own bank accounts. A wide range of projects can be supported, including marketing and training costs, youth projects, sports and education related projects and larger refurbishment projects in community buildings.
Requesting a grant is straightforward. Interested groups simply need to contact their local Kent County Councillor to discuss the project and they can then either recommend it or put it forward to the Thanet Local Board for its recommendation. All recommendations have to be formally approved by a Kent County Council Cabinet Member.
To find your local councillor's contact details visit: http://democracy.kent.gov.uk/mgFindCouncillor.aspx.
For more information contact Anne Charman, Community Engagement Officer on 01622 696389 or email
KCC Local Member Grants
County Councillors have three types of funding available to support local community projects.
- Member Community Grants
Financial support of up to £10,000 a year for projects that benefit local communities.
- Small Community Capital Projects
This scheme can consider bids up to £20,000 for larger capital projects.
- Local Schemes Grant
Awards for revenue or minor capital projects meeting the council's strategic objectives.
Gardening for Disabled Trust
Run from the Weald of Kent, the Trust gives grants to people in order that they may continue to garden, despite advancing illness, age or disability.
Money is given to successful grant applicants and often transforms the recipient as well as the garden, replacing source of frustration by a valuable therapy and sense of satisfaction. Those helped by the Trust include:
Gardeners with chronic back or hip trouble.
A wide range of disabilities including visual, physical and mental
People who need to re-organise gardens because of failing health
Residents in long stay hospitals or nursing homes who share a garden.
For further information including details on how to apply please click here.
Grants available for community groups in former coalfield areas
Community groups in Kent’s former coalfields are invited to apply for grants to help a range of projects for the future.
Grants from £500 to £5,000 are available through the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s ‘Bridging The Gap’ fund, which is being delivered by Dover District Council. Groups can apply for grants to support activities that improve health and well-being, develop education and skills, support access to opportunities, and promote volunteering.
Examples of projects that Bridging the Gap grants can help with include:
- Improvements to a community facility, or the establishment of a much needed new service or activity in a community
- A project that helps people into a job, or a training project that teaches people a new skill or enables them to get a qualification
- Setting up a new social enterprise, or an activity that gets people involved in physical activity or addresses a local health issue
- Setting up a small transport scheme that enables people to access opportunities difficult to access because of their location
- The provision of places for after school clubs, holiday play schemes, playgroups or nurseries, or activities that promote volunteering.
Successful projects will have to target the former coalfields wards of Aylesham, Barham Downs, Eastry, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, Little Stour and Ashstone, Middle Deal and Sholden, Mill Hill, North Deal and St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe.
Coalfields Regeneration Chair Peter McNestry said: “The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is happy to be able to continue its investment in Kent. The Trust is still committed to improving the quality of life in coalfield communities. We are striving to make our former coalfields sustainable, prosperous, viable and cohesive without support. We are investing in them to become better places to live, work and play.”
For more information, or if you would like to apply to this grant fund please contact Carol Davies at DDC on 01304 872081 or e-mail
Peter Harrison Foundation
Opportunities Through Sport – The trustees welcome grant applications from charities in the UK whose projects fall into the following categories:
Provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport
Have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity
Provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people
Have a high degree of community involvement
Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction
Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People – The trustees welcome grant applications from charities in Kent whose projects fall into the following categories:
Work with or benefit disabled, chronically or terminally ill children and provide support for their parents and carers
Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction
Projects organized for young people at risk of homelessness or that provide new opportunities for homeless young people.
For further information including details of how to apply click here… There are no specific deadlines and trustees meet throughout the financial year to consider grant applications.
West Kent Leader - Grants of up to £50,000
Leader for Rural Communities - Capital Funding is available for the expansion of cultural and leisure activities including:
Capital grants are also available for small scale infrastructure projects that develop or enhance:
Local community groups seeking to maintain, restore or upgrade local cultural heritage features can also apply.
Applicants must be constituted groups and individuals cannot apply. For further information and details of how to apply click here…
The Gibbons Family Trust
The Gibbons Family Trust supports charitable projects which provide care, support and education to children and young persons up to the age of 25 in residential and day care establishments within the Thanet area of Kent.
For further information and details on how to apply click here… Trustees meet every 3 months to assess grant applications
Fidelity UK Foundation
The Foundation primarily directs grants to UK registered charities in London, Kent & Surrey.
Charitable investments are mainly focused on projects in Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education & Health.
Investment is typically directed to specific projects in the following categories:
Capital improvements such as new construction, renovations, expansions and equipment which are central to sustainability and the strategic vision of the organisation.
High impact information technology upgrades which substantially increase an organisation's efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.
Organisational development projects which seek to establish a new, transformational strategic path. This can include helping charities to investigate and proceed with mergers.
Planning initiatives, including those that use expert/external consultant
Grants will not normally cover the entire cost of a project. Applicants should aim to have significant funding in place prior to application. Grants are one-off investments; they will not normally be awarded for or across multiple years. Grants for applicants in London, Kent and Surrey are normally made towards projects with a total budget in excess of £50,000.
For further information and details of how to apply click here… Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Cleary Foundation Grant
The Cleary Foundation Grant is intended to support national charities and local organisations carrying out charitable projects in the UK but priority will be given to third sector organisations based in Kent.
Applicants are advised to apply directly to the trustees in writing.
Cleary Foundation, South Sands Lodge, Beach Road, St. Margaret's Bay, Kent CT15 6DZ
Kent Community Foundation - Potential Funding £1,000-£5,000
Kent Community Foundation manages funds on behalf of Kent philanthropists who want to strengthen their local communities. They are particularly interested in hearing from projects and groups making a positive and sustainable difference in the following areas:
Working with offenders
Young people in the Herne Bay area
Employability and NEETS projects in North Kent
Activities that directly benefit disabled children
Initiatives that support the spirit and well-being of the community
If you would like further information or a grant enquiry form please contact Kent Community Foundation on 01303 814500 or
Small Grants for Young People
Southern Housing Group has £20,000 Youth Fund. This fund is specifically to support and develop youth provisions for SHG residents in your area. Click here to find Southern Housing Group regions or contact Ruhul Alam on 079 0320 2072 / 020 7515 6794 for more information.
Grants for revenue and capital activity
The Henry Smith Charity makes grants work throughout the UK. Applications can be made for revenue and capital activity. Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage.
Grants of £10,000 or above are available through the Main Grants Programme applications can be made for both Revenue and Capital Grants.
County Grants of £500 - £20,000 are available to small organisations working in Kent. Please click here for further information.
There are no deadlines, the Trustees meet throughout the course of the year to consider grant applications.
Provides funding to support small registered charities that work in the following areas: Culture and heritage; Conservation projects; Community services; Parks; Hospices and nursing homes and Ophthalmological research.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For further information please contact: Frognal Trust c/o Charities Aid Foundation, King's Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA Tel: 01732 520 083
Garfield Weston Foundation
The foundation is delighted to support a wide range of organisations but will only consider applications from UK registered charities.
It will not fund one off events or make a commitment to fund over several years. Grants made are typically for a single year. For more information click here...
Provides information on over 100 local and national funding streams. For more information click here....