Multi-Year Funding Announced to Reduce the Pressure on Kent Charities

£400,000 from the John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust will allow Kent Community Foundation to offer multi-year funding to thirteen organisations across Kent and Medway.

Thanks to the generosity and vision of the John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust, £400,000 has been made available to Kent Community Foundation to be used to support thirteen organisations.

With running costs continuing to escalate in the current economic climate, charities and community groups are invited to apply for three years non-restricted financial support from Kent Community Foundation’s Muti-Year Support Fund.

Applications are now open for the muti-year funding which will be paid in three instalments. Successful applicants will receive total funding of £30,636 – £13,320 in August 2023, £10,656 in 2024 and £6,660 in 2025 giving them some financial security and much needed breathing space to forward plan.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation said, “Kent Community Foundation recognises that frontline organisations invest a great deal of resource into applying for funding, and sometimes find it challenging to secure funding for their core work and overheads.  To acknowledge this, we have been supporting groups with unrestricted funding since 2018.  We are delighted that in a period of great financial stress for the sector, the generosity and vision of the John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust will allow us to award three-year non restricted core funding to thirteen grassroots organisations.”

Pegasus Playscheme in Dover previously received three year core funding, their Chair  Sue Clark MBE said, “We were extremely grateful to be chosen as a recipient of three year funding for core costs between 2019-2022. It came at a time of great uncertainty for us as Covid hit and we were unable to do any fundraising due to social distancing. Without this grant keeping us solvent, I am certain that it would have been the end for Pegasus. We are very lucky that Kent Community Foundation support our values on frontline community work. Without their support in gaining a variety of grants, life would be so different for the families that need us most. Families of children with disability face a very isolating summer, we change that with the help of Kent Community Foundation  and we are grateful to all the like-minded people that support charities like ours.”

It is anticipated that one award will be made from each district and priority will be given to organisations addressing the most urgent needs in their community.

The funding can be used for core costs, for example utilities, rent, service delivery staff, support staff.

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About the Multi Year Support Fund

Applicants should have an average annual income over the last three years of up to £350,000 and have had at least three Kent Community Foundation grants since June 2020.

The funding can be used for core costs, for example utilities, rent, service delivery staff, support staff but may not be used for start-up costs, pump priming for new work or staff.

One grant will be available per district:

  • Sevenoaks
  • Dartford
  • Gravesham
  • Tonbridge and Malling
  • Medway
  • Maidstone
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Swale
  • Ashford
  • City of Canterbury
  • Folkestone and Hythe
  • Thanet
  • Dover

The Closing Date for applications is 3 July 2023.

About the John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust

For over 45 years the Swire Charitable Trust has supported the work of charitable organisations in the UK and in 2022 we awarded over £3.9million in grants to over 150 charities. We are funded by John Swire & Sons Ltd, the London-headquartered parent company of the Swire Group.

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 over twenty one years. In this time, it has distributed almost £60 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 Swid in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.