Grants and funding for groups


Community resilience fund

Logo for the Community Resilience Fund

The second phase of the Community Resilience Fund is now open to applications. The closing date for applications is 16 December 2022.

Apply for the Community Resilience Fund

The Community Resilience Fund is available to local voluntary and community organisations to help in providing support to Maidstone residents and help build stronger communities.

Applications are welcome from organisations that deliver services or activities that benefit the physical and mental wellbeing of residents.

Organisations can apply for one off funding of between £500 and £5,000 for projects to support residents and communities in Maidstone. Applications will be evaluated by a member panel and successful application determined by how much residents and the community will benefit from the project proposed.

Types of projects eligible for fund

  • support schemes targeting residents whose mental health has suffered because of loneliness or isolation due to financial hardship
  • help with food or energy costs
  • life skills or back to work schemes
  • befriending schemes to tackle loneliness
  • grassroots sports clubs who need funding for equipment for children to support mental wellbeing
  • schemes designed to encourage residents to access nature for exercise and wellbeing
  • youth groups providing recreation and social opportunities for young people

Criteria:

  • who will be supported in the community
  • how will they be supported
  • how it will be delivered
  • how the grant will be spent
  • what impact it will have on people’s health and wellbeing

All successful applicants will be required to provide information that helps measure the success of the project.  For example:

  • number of individuals/households/footfall
  • type of support provided
  • postcode (dependent on project)
  • case studies also provide a useful form of feedback and maybe requested

If you have any questions about the fund or need the application form in another format please email communityresiliencefund@maidstone.gov.uk.

Other Grants and Funding

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for 20 years.

It has distributed over £45 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes, where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They're part of a UK wide accredited network of 47 Community Foundations, who are all committed to improving the lives of local people and communities. Particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need it.

For more information visit the Kent Community Foundation website

Kent 4 Community

Free to register search tool for helping you to seek out grants, awards and other funding which may be relevant to your organisation.

For more information visit the Kent 4 Community website