Our vision and values

Our vision is of a fairer and more equal Kent and Medway

We believe that people are Kent and Medway's most valuable asset.
Even in the most deprived areas, local people have the personal resources to
strengthen their communities, if they can operate with equal opportunities on a level playing field.

We recognise that it is a privilege to be the funder of hard-working voluntary organisations. We also understand the inevitable power-imbalance of our funding relationships and to mitigate this, we treat all grant applicants fairly, with respect and courtesy, being as open and approachable as possible.

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What we do

We make grants to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in Kent and Medway.

Investing in communities

Making small grants to community groups and local charities to strengthen their resilience and build their capacity to deliver sustainable services to people at the margins of society.

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Investing in families

Making grants to support Kent and Medway ‘families’ in the most inclusive sense of the word, living at the sharp end of chronic socio-economic problems or facing a financial or emotional crisis.

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Investing in young people

Making grants to support disadvantaged young people living at the margins of society to improve their skills, build their confidence and break down the barriers to their employment.

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Investing in rehabilitation

Making grants to support the rehabilitation of offenders and to help reduce the collateral consequences of their imprisonment for their families, with the aim of reducing reoffending.

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Grants to individuals

Making small grants to disadvantaged young people for practical items such as interview clothes, course fees, tools, travel costs etc. All grants are made via a trusted referral partner.

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Investing proactively

In addition to making grants in response to funding applications, the Trust ‘proactively’ engages with stakeholders and invites proposals, to further its aim of being a catalyst for change.

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