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    The Linda Hogan Community Fund provides grants of up to £500 to charities and community organisations across Kent to support activities for groups of all ages and backgrounds.

    In some cases, the grants pay for the full cost of the project, but many contribute to larger initiatives, helping these organisations to run more ambitious activities and reach more people. There are three rounds of funding each year, March, June and October. 

    This year, we’ve so far funded 51 groups with a total of £15,000.

    Some of these include:

    • Abigail's Footsteps

      Abigails Footsteps was funded to provided nine individual baby loss counselling sessions to bereaved parents and grieving family members.

    • GTown Talents

      GTown Talents was funded to deliver music podcasts, capturing the insight of youth urban culture in Kent. The project works with disadvantage young people and creates a platform to showcase their talents.

    • Kent Search and Rescue

      Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) was funded to provide first response emergency care training to their volunteers. KSAR works alongside Kent Police, helping people with mental health and medical crises.

    • West Kent Mediation

      West Kent Mediation was funded to provide resources for a face to face training event for over 20 of its volunteers.

    • Laser Lights Kidz Klub

      Laser Lights Kidz Klub gives primary aged school children a safe play outdoors during the pandemic. It was funded to provide sports equipment, resources and snacks for between 25 and 30 children.

    • Kent Kidney Patients Association

      Kent Kidney Patients Association was funded to pay for fresh food boxes suitable for a renal diet. 47 Patients were supported through the project. This especially helped those that had lost their jobs due the pandemic and ill health.

    • Life and Soul

      Life and Soul provides an early-intervention service to help reduce the number of young people who require counselling support, suffer from self-harming, addiction, depression and other serious mental health issues. It was funded to provide training to new volunteer coordinators.

    • Carers First

      Carers First was funded to take a group of 18 six to eleven year old young carers to Go Ape at Leeds Castle. This day out will provide them with respite from their caring roles, and prevent them from reaching emotional crisis by early intervention.

    • Home Start

      Home Start offers support to young families who live in Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey. It received funding to provide craft resources to 55 children and to buy some outdoor games and sensory toys.

    If a group you know is interested in applying for the fund, they can complete an online application form.