The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust’s Investing in Communities programme makes grants to small, community-led organisations and local charities in Kent to strengthen their resilience and build their capacity to deliver sustainable, face-to-face services to people at the margins of society.
The Trust offers two complementary strands of funding:
- Stabilising: providing grants for basic running/core costs not specifically connected to delivering projects, to help local groups concentrate on delivering vital services.
The Trust aims to help ‘stabilise’ grassroots groups and community organisations by supporting their core costs; giving them the stability to focus on delivering services and building sustainability.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 per annum will be awarded for up to three years.
- Extending: providing one-off grants to help develop and strengthen local, grassroots organisations.
The Trust aims to help organisations extend their reach and impact by offering grants to help them explore new ways of working.
One-off grants of between £500 and £15,000 are available for costs including, but not exclusive to:
- consultancy support;
- investigating mergers;
- partnerships and shared services related to core activities;
- investigation and development (not delivery) of new contracts, income diversification or enterprise;
- staff training and development;
- working towards relevant quality standards;
- capital items where there is evidence of ultimate cost savings; and
- implementing new IT systems, including monitoring system.
Please note – Extending grants are only available to organisations that can provide at least two years of published financial records.
Extra priority will be given to groups that:
- work in a particularly disadvantaged or deprived area;
- have limited access to other sources of income;
- clearly define the need they are addressing;
- clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people;
- demonstrate a commitment to service user involvement;
- illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes;
- can demonstrate partnership working.
Applicants cannot apply to both the ‘Stabilising’ and ‘Extending’ funds in the same year. Funds are for core/development costs only. See the Trust’s other programmes (Families, Rehabilitation and Young People) for project costs.
Deadline: Continuous rolling programme.
This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder directly for more information.
N.B. from Funding for All: We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Stephen Fenning, Grants Ambassador and Steve Boucher, Executive Director of Programmes from Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust to Funder Tuesdays – a series of online funding talks hosted in partnership with Stronger Kent Communities. Stephen and Steve have very kindly allowed their presentation to be shared with you for a limited time only.
See Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust’s presentation here.
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