Kent County Council has appointed grant-maker Kent Community Foundation to administer a £300,000 fund to help charities and community groups adversely affected by the pandemic

Following the success of Kent County Council’s first Strategic Recovery Fund which Kent Community Foundation administered, an additional £300,000 is now available to support charities and community groups. In the summer, Kent Community Foundation awarded grants totalling £431,000 from the first Strategic Recovery Fund to help future proof seventy-three organisations and they are thrilled to launch Strategic Recovery Fund #2 to offer more financial help to organisations adapting to the ‘new normal’.

Kent Community Foundation is inviting applications from charities and community groups for grants from the Strategic Recovery Fund #2, to purchase one off support to help recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic and sustain their services.

The Strategic Recovery Fund #2 will support charities and community groups to develop their business plans and strategies to put them in a stronger position for the future.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available to purchase one-off support across a range of topics to help strategy planning including: leadership and training programmes, business planning, operational, income or financial review, website and digital skills upgrades or marketing costs.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said, “We know how important the initial £431,000 funding from the Strategic Recovery Fund was to organisations across Kent and we are delighted to be able to administer this second round of funding from Kent County Council. The focus of the new £300,000 funding will be on building sustainability and encouraging innovation

and we will award grants of up to £10,000 for groups to diversify their business models and adapt to the current challenges and increase their sustainability.”

The Strategic Recovery Fund #2, is open for applications and more information is available by visiting www.kentcf.org.uk/funding/KCC-strategic-recovery-fund

About Strategic Recovery Fund #2

Organisations who received a Strategic Recovery Fund #1 grant can re-apply for a second grant, but only where the initial grant led to successful outcomes and the second request compliments and builds upon this work.

Organisations should have been in operation for 12 months

Grants should be spent within six months.

Applications close on 20 October 2021

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, 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 are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are 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 the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds. www.kentcf.org.uk

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