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Since 2022, Kent Community Foundation has distributed half a million pounds to good causes through its Micro funding programme. Introduced in early 2022, the Micro funding programme awards grants of up to £2,000 to charities and    community groups with an annual income under £75,000.  In the past two years over 250 organisations have been…

Voluntary adoption agencies across the UK have joined forces to find more adoptive parents for children with additional needs who are waiting for a family. Children with additional needs wait an average of 11 months longer* in care than their peers and voluntary adoption agencies are urgently looking for people who can offer them a…

Since 1970 Earth Day has been marked annually on 22 April to encourage people to take time to appreciate the environment around them. As part of their environmental strategy, launched on Earth Day 2021, grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has pledged to support local voluntary groups protecting the county’s countryside and coastline. Given its compelling link…

Local Grant-Maker Kent Community Foundation shares the findings of their recent survey of Kent and Medway based organisations A survey commissioned by Kent Community Foundation in December 2023 has revealed the challenges and opportunities facing Kent and Medway’s voluntary sector in 2024. The survey revealed: Fundraising and financial planning were the biggest anticipated challenges with local…

On 8 March the world celebrates International Women’s Day – an event that belongs to all those committed to forging women’s equality. In Thanet, International Women’s Day is the focus of an annual festival delivered by POW Thanet who have been financially supported by experienced grant maker Kent Community Foundation since 2020. Now in its…

Experienced Grant Maker Kent Community Foundation has appointed a Senior Philanthropy Adviser. Rachel Vinton, an experienced client relationship and business development manager with extensive experience in developing strategic, high value client partnerships has joined Kent Community Foundation from BlackRock Investment Management. Rachel worked at BlackRock for 14 years in several roles across the fixed income…

As the UK faces an overwhelming fostering crisis with over 100 children a day entering the care system, Diagrama Foundation is appealing for new foster carers. The UK is facing an unprecedented fostering crisis as current foster carers are simply not able to meet the daily demand to support the number of children entering the…

Kent Community Foundation recently awarded £4,000 to the Angel Tree initiative to buy Christmas presents for the children of inmates at HMP Swaleside, HMP Elmley, HMP Rochester and HMP East Sutton Park. The annual Angel Tree project was developed by the Prison Fellowship to give parents in prison the opportunity to send a Christmas present…

Herne Bay based Ruben Harris is being supported in his quest to become a wheelchair tennis Paralympian by philanthropists working with Kent Community Foundation. Ruben Harris, who was born with congenital talipes equinovarus which is more commonly known as clubfeet and had both feet removed, is determined to reach the top in wheelchair tennis. Ruben’s…

Voluntary adoption agencies across the UK have come together with a joint mission to stop brothers and sisters who are waiting in care from being separated when adopted. Almost half of children currently waiting in care* are part of a family group and voluntary adoption agencies (VAAs) are looking for people who can offer them…