Funding Round-up – Community (part 3), September/October 2021

Here is a final collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on community themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

The Wakeham Trust
With grants of up to £2,500 available, The Wakeham Trust generally fund projects that are small scale and would find it hard to get funding from big trusts.
The Trust does not favour any particular areas of activity, but usually look at projects that have the potential to become self-supporting and projects that are outward looking and help a lot of people
At the time of writing, the scheme can be seen as a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Dulverton Trust Fund from KCF
The Kent Community Foundation (KCF) are arranging grants of up to £5,000 to small charities and charitable organisations that provide youth opportunities, improve general welfare of their community, promote conservation of habitats, or the preservation of heritage skills.
The next deadline for applications is 31st December2021.
For more information visit the KCF website.

Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust
Grants are available from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust (CFCT) to local not-for-profit organisations for projects that improve the quality of life for people in Kent, and most notably those who are the most disadvantaged.
The Trust currently offers various funding programmes including:
Investing in Communities
Grants of up to £15,000 are available to build the capacity of community organisations and local charities working with vulnerable people in Kent in order to help them deliver sustainable, face-to-face services.
(In response to the coronavirus outbreak the remit of the programme has been widened and the criteria loosened to help more charities meet the challenges they are facing.)
Investing in Families
Grants of up to £30,000 to charitable organisations working with disadvantaged families in Kent with the aim of improving people’s life chances and promoting social cohesion
Investing in Young People
Discretionary grants to organisations in Kent that support disadvantaged young people that improves their skills, builds their confidence and resilience and which break down the barriers to their employment
The Trust advises the schemes are continuous rolling programmes, suggesting there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.
For more information and how to apply, visit the CFCT website.

Growing Great Ideas Programme from National Lottery
As part of The National Lottery (TNL) Community Fund’s UK Portfolio, the Growing Great Ideas Programme aims to help organisations working together to test new ideas, new approaches that experiment with how to do things differently with a focus on supporting transformational and longer-term change.
Minimum grants of £150,000 can be applied for, and for a minimum length is two years. However, funding can be available for up to 10 years in some circumstances.
TNL says this is a Continuous Rolling Programme till March 2022, so there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time till then.
More details and how to apply are available at the Fund's website.

Roger De Haan Charitable Trust
Grants are available for charitable causes and projects in east Kent (particularly districts around Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh). The Trust supports projects within themes based around Education, Arts, culture and heritage, Community development & regeneration, Amateur sport, Projects supporting young people and the Health & welfare of older people.
The next deadline for applications is 28th October 2021, with further dates to be announced.
More details are available at the Trust’s website.

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