Kent Community Foundation To Offer 1-1 Funding Advice

Kent Community Foundation’s grants team will be offering 1-1 funding advice appointments to charities and community groups across Kent and Medway

New 1-1 funding advice sessions are being introduced to give charitable organisations the opportunity to gain advice and information from experienced grant-makers Kent Community Foundation about how to draft a compelling application and what detail to include to give it the best possible chance of being funded.

The new funding sessions are designed to support either organisations that have not applied to Kent Community Foundation before or for those that have applied unsuccessfully in the past.

The sessions will be held online or if groups prefer, they can meet one of the grant team in person at the Foundation’s office in Ashford. There may also be occasions when the Kent Community Foundation team will go to visit the group’s headquarters to see organisations in action, meet their teams and the people they work with.

Sessions can be booked either pre or post application and are designed to benefit those who fill out the applications. However, if other staff, volunteers or trustees would like to find out more about how Kent Community Foundation uses their experience to administer funding from over ninety philanthropic funds to grass roots charities, they are welcome to attend.  The sessions will also give organisations the opportunity to discuss how their project or services fit into the Foundation’s five funding priorities: ‘children, young people and families’, ‘elderly and isolated adults’, ‘vulnerable adults’, the ‘environment’ and ‘employability, skills and enterprise’.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation said, “As we move into autumn, the challenging climate for the charitable sector continues. Constricted funding, particularly as statutory funders make cuts, alongside rising demand from people struggling with the ongoing cost of living crisis, is leading to material and emotional hardship.  At Kent Community Foundation, our funding is steadfast and focuses on improving the quality of life for key groups.  Our wider support is also steadfast, and these 1-1 bespoke advice sessions will allow us to get to know more about the essential services that grassroots organisations across the country are providing and how one of our Funds might be able to help.”

Charites and community groups can book a 1-1 thirty minute funding session to ask anything that helps them to understand how Kent Community Foundation grant-making works, and to get specific advice on their particular application by emailing

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 in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.