Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust: Investing in Communities

Local Grants

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. By investing in organisations as a whole, the Trust will help local groups concentrate on delivering vital services.

    Grants of up to £7,500 per annum may be awarded for up to three years (£22,500 maximum) with the option of applying for a further two years of funding in the final year of the grant.

  • Extending: providing one-off grants for the costs associated with developing and strengthening local, grassroots organisations. For example, helping local groups investigate and test new ways of operating, diversify their services, introduce efficiencies or establish partnerships.

    Grants of up to £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/or
    • implementing new IT systems, including monitoring systems.

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; and/or
  • can demonstrate partnership working.

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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