Sunday, 14 April 2024
Sunday, 14 April 2024

£460,000 awarded to good causes in Kent

THE Infrastructure Support Fund opened in March with £600,000 from Kent County Council to support charities, community groups and CICs with existing, dormant or new infrastructure projects. 

The first awards totalling almost £460,000 have been awarded to, Council For Voluntary Service North West Kent, Funding for All, Imago Community, Social Enterprise Kent, Stronger Kent Communities, West Kent Mind, Charity Mentors Kent and Medway and CAP Enterprise Kent.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation said:

“Once we had announced the Infrastructure Support fund, Kent Community Foundation ran an open recruitment process for people with a wide experience in the voluntary sector and grant-making, to join the decision-making panel. Four external applicants were appointed to sit on the panel with a representative of the fund-holder and Kent Community Foundation chaired discussions and gave appropriate guidance. The panel did an excellent job in allocating this funding to organisations whose projects will have a huge impact on improving infrastructure across the charitable sector.”

To encourage collaboration between the eight organisations that received funding, Kent Community Foundation will host a meeting where opportunities to work together for the benefit of other charitable groups will be discussed.

Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services Mike Hill said:

“We are used to seeing the extraordinary front-end work of our Kent charities, community groups and CICs, however, this fund supports the important but unseen elements without which it would not be possible to sustain those transformational outcomes.

“This support will allow organisations to evolve and adapt, enabling them to develop fundraising skills and strategy and financial resilience. They can also, access training on governance and policy, mentoring schemes, leadership programmes and vital peer support networks. They will be able to tackle recruitment and retention, serving to strengthen the impact of the voluntary sector in the county.” 

Nick Marden, Chairman, of Charity Mentors Kent and Medway said:

“Charity Mentors Kent and Medway is delighted to be among the organisations receiving an award from the Kent Community Foundation’s Infrastructure Support Fund. This award will enable us, not only to focus on our core activity of providing free strategic leadership mentoring to charities and social organisations in Kent, but also to  increase our resources so we can reach out and provide our services to a greater number, and in more communities, than before.”

The Infrastructure Support Fund funding will be allocated in two equal payments. The first will be paid to the eight organisations during June and the second tranche of funding will be allocated in March 2024, allowing the organisations the financial security to forward plan.

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


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