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    Linda Hogan Community Fund

    Are you looking for additional funds to support your local community group? 

    The Linda Hogan Community Fund may be able to help

    If your group have adapted their services to meet the needs for your community around the Covid-19 crisis, we will consider an application from you outside of our normal dates listed below.

    Our fund was named after a member of staff, Linda Hogan, who supported many of our community initiatives but sadly died in 2009 after 11 years working with West Kent.

    Linda Hogan

    The fund is one way West Kent supports others to build successful and resilient communities. We can provide financial assistance to help get your ideas off the ground and bring your community together – this could be running an activity, developing an existing project, or starting something completely new.

    The deadlines for applications are:

    • 15 October 2020
    • 15 March 2021 (for groups with a maximum turnover of £100,000 per annum)
    • 15 June 2021

    To be eligible to apply:

    • Your activities must be delivered in Kent 
    • You must be a non-profit organisation or group
    • You must be a group (we cannot fund individuals)

    We’re particularly keen to hear from smaller organisations that are led or managed by local people and involve volunteers delivering their activities. 

    If you need some more support to develop your project, prepare an application and identify other sources of funding please email communitiesteamadmin@wkha.org.uk.

    • Who can apply?

      Non-profit organisations and groups who provide activities and services to residents living in Kent

      From 2021, organisations can apply for three consecutive years only, with a gap of 1 year before re-application.

      The first round of each year (March) is restricted to organisations with an income of less than £100,000 per annum.

    • What we fund

      The Linda Hogan Community Fund is one way we support others to create successful communities.

      The fund aims to support:

      • Activities that promote good health and wellbeing, and/or prevent people from falling into crisis
      • Activities that help bring people together and strengthen communities
      • Activities that help prevent debt, reduce poverty and/or increase employability and enterprise
    • Our priorities

      We particularly want to fund:

      • Smaller groups or organisations that are led or manage by local people and involve volunteers and community champions delivering the activity
      • Activities that will benefit West Kent Housing Association tenants and neighbourhoods

      This means that if the fund is oversubscribed organisations with a high turnover and significant reserves are less likely to be successful.

    • What we don't fund
      • Organisations who run services that are the main responsibility of the local authority, council, education or other statutory agency. (e.g. schools and colleges, health services, social care)
      • Core costs and overheads such as staff salaries, rent, insurance and utilities. We can help signpost you to other funders who can assist with this type of funding.
      • Activities that may create friction within the community
      • Activities which have already happened
      • Individuals
    • How to apply

      All applicants must complete an application form which can be submitted by using our online form at the bottom of this page

      There are three rounds of funding per year and the deadlines for application are 15 March, 30 June (extended from 15 June due to the Covid-19 crisis) and 15 October.  The panel will make their decision within one month of the application deadline.

      Please make sure you refer to the fund guidelines when making your application. 

    • How much can we apply for?

      The maximum amount for awards is £500 per calendar year. This can either be requested in a single application or spread across 2 or 3 rounds.  There is no minimum amount.

    • Terms and Conditions

      Any amount awarded must be used solely for the purpose outlined in the application.  Any unspent funds should be returned to West Kent, however, please let us know if you encounter a problem as we can discuss potential alternatives.

      You will be sent a grant monitoring form to complete and return to us with evidence of expenditure (receipts) and your outcomes.  Without these forms it’s very difficult for us to demonstrate the benefit the fund has, which could affect future funding for your community.

      Once funding has been awarded there is no ongoing commitment from West Kent to issue further funds for your project.

    • Guidelines

      Please refer to the fund guidelines when completing your application. You can download the full guidelines here. 

    Apply for the Linda Hogan Community Fund