Funding body information

Kent County Council

Kent County Council
County Hall
Kent ME14 1XQ
03000 41 41 41

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Local Board Councillors are empowered to make grants through various funding schemes. The council believe that there is not a 'one size that fits all' in the way that funding is administered by local councillors, aiming to continually improve the way that funding is administered to VCS groups across the board.

Combined Members Grant

Funding is divided equally across Kent's 12 districts and each councillor can award £25,000 in grants. It aims to help community projects across Kent. More information is available here.

Applicants must contact their local county councillor(s) before completing the application form.

Village and Community Hall Grant Scheme

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for local communities to improve an existing hall or build a new hall. A grant is conditional upon match funding. We can offer a pound for every pound raised, up to 50% of eligible project costs.

For an application pack and more information about the scheme please visit the council's website or contact Mark Reeves on 01622 694721 or

Short Breaks for Disabled Children Grant Scheme

Kent County Council is seeking bids for grants for projects that require funding to increase availability of short break activities for disabled children and their families. Funding can be used to improve buildings, facilities, transport or equipment that will result in an improved service of short breaks. The funding scheme is open to organisations from the statutory, private, voluntary and independent sectors. For more information please consult Kent County Council's website.

Please note that applications are now closed, visit the council's website for any future deadline.

Sports Grants

There is a dedicated Sports Grants section on the council's website, which lists potential local and national schemes that will fund local community projects. Some of the local schemes include Sportivate, Kent County Council Coach and Official Scholarship Scheme and Kent Sport Small Grants.

Kent Big Society Fund

The Kent Big Society Fund is a scheme established by Kent County Council that provides loan financing of between £10,000 and £100,000 to support existing and newly created social enterprises that benefit the local community.

For further information, please email Andy Garrett, Fund Manager, on or 01303 814500

Arts Investment Fund

This fund helps local non-for-profit organisations carry out high quality arts and cutural projects that will boost the local economy and develop the reputation of the county as a worls class cultural location.

Please note that applications are now closed, please visit the council's website for any future deadline.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Information on the local Compact agreement 'Kent Partners Compact' and useful links to other external support organisations and departments.

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Action West Kent

North West Kent CVS

Community Action South East Kent

Information provided on the Council's website in relation to voluntary sector funding schemes is comprehensive and up to date.

A broad outline of each grant scheme and the relevant contact details are provided.

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