Grant Supports Fishing for Schools Project

A £5,000 Kent Community Foundation grant will enable The Countryside Alliance Foundation to provide their Fishing for Schools initiative in three Kent schools.

Thirty students from  three schools will be nominated to participate in The Countryside Alliance Foundation Fishing for Schools scheme thanks to £5,000 funding from Kent Community Foundation.

Thirty disadvantaged young people aged 10-16  who attend Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone, Dunton Green Primary School in Sevenoaks and Thamesview School in Gravesend will be selected to take part in the Fishing for Schools project to help build their confidence and give them a sense of achievement. The young people who will be selected for the project by their teachers will have  been experiencing a variety of challenges and barriers to learning including low attendance, social, emotional, and mental health needs and learning abilities.



Charles Jardine, Director, and Founder of Fishing for Schools, said,  “As a Kent lad, I am thrilled by the support of Kent Community Foundation and the vital resource that they have kindly offered. This is crucial and will help so many young people – especially those with special needs – within the county I love. I grew up fishing Kent’s rivers and lakes and learnt so such about the natural world and I am sure that future generations will do the same. The young people of Kent are worth our very best effort, and I know, with the team we have in place and Kent Community Foundation’s generous support we can deliver.”

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said “We were delighted to fund  this project which will support students from disadvantaged backgrounds who often do not have the opportunity to get involved in new challenges or extracurricular activities. The application explained that the initiative  would be a platform for young people who are struggling to engage with learning, to discover that they are valued and  raise their self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth and fitted perfectly within our funding priorities.”

To contact Kent Community Foundation about funding for charities and community groups call 01303 814500, email or visit

About the Countryside Alliance Foundation

The Countryside Alliance Foundation is a charity which aims to help adults and children make the most of the remedial and educational benefits of being involved in the natural environment.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £50 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than ninety philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.