The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust’s Investing in Communities programme awards grants to smaller, 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
• Staff training and development;
• Working towards relevant quality standards
• Capital items where there is evidence of ultimate cost savings
• 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.
Applicant cannot apply for both the grant programmes in the same year. You can however, apply for core costs through this programme and project costs through another of the Trust’s schemes – Investing in Young People, Investing in Families and Investing in Rehabilitation.
The Trust is interested to hear from smaller charities in Kent; those delivering essential services to the most vulnerable people in the community and working at grass roots and local community level across a wide range of activities, where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference.
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.
Deadline: Continuous rolling programme.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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