Aug 2020: Free Mentoring for Kent & Medway’s Voluntary Sector

We are delighted to announce that we, Funding for All, have been awarded over £31,000 from the National Lottery to offer free mentoring support to vital grassroots organisations from across Kent and Medway. 

Since opening in 2012, our mentoring programme has supported 670 Kent and Medway voluntary sector organisations by developing their skills in bid writing, income generation, fundraising, business support, marketing and communications, and legacy programmes. Our objective is to inspire and empower community organisations to build their fundraising capacity and ensure sustainability. At the heart of everything we do, our core promise is expressed as: 

“We offer the skills and advice to help your organisation raise the funds it needs.”

By giving fundraising support to charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises, we have been directly responsible for bringing more than £7 million into the county since our launch. 

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players to good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will enable us to increase our reach of infrastructure support to a further 50 small organisations.

Liz Duckworth, Chair, Funding for All said “We are delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the importance of our work in these difficult times. This grant means we will now be able to reach those smaller organisations across the county whose services are vital to their community. This is important because not only does our support help those organisations become skilled and sustainable, but it also brings communities together and builds stronger relationships across the county.”

Ollie Briggs, Managing Director, Arts Education Exchange said “This is fantastic news for Funding for All and the county’s voluntary sector! Funding for All has been instrumental in enabling us to set up Arts Education Exchange. We have been lucky enough to have its support from the early conception of an idea to a fully operational organisation. Funding for All’s personal approach and wealth of knowledge have been inspiring!”

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Funding for All’s Mentoring Programme is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund