Outcomes and achievements

The Colyer-Fergusson Million Pound Match Challenge which matched £1 million in donations via Kent Community Foundation, has awarded its first grant.


Kent charities and social enterprises will be excited to learn that new match funding of £2 million has been invested in perpetuity via Kent Community Foundation and the income gained every year will be used for charitable grant making to support young people in Kent and Medway.

The first grant of £3,600, has been awarded to, Uprising Youth and Community, who support young people, families, and communities, facing significant challenges to achieve improvements in life, resulting in personal and community transformation. 

Nicholas Fisher, Chairman of Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, comments, “In its fiftieth anniversary year, Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust is delighted to be celebrating this important milestone in its history by building a £2 million endowment legacy that will give ongoing support to disadvantaged young people in Kent and Medway.”

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation, comments, “We are delighted that Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust made the decision to invest £1m with Kent Community Foundation as a match fund. Thirteen individuals, families, Trusts, Foundations and businesses have taken the opportunity to be part of this and have seen their donations matched £1 for £1. The first grant has been awarded to Ashford based, Uprising Youth and Community and we are looking forward to offering financial support to many more local causes through this new funding.”