Introducing Ashford Corporate Giving Fund

15th April 2019
Natalie Smith

The new Ashford Corporate Giving Fund will bring together Ashford businesses committed to support their local community.

The aim of the new Fund, run by Kent Community Foundation (KCF), is to connect socially responsible businesses and entrepreneurs, with innovative projects to make a real difference in the Ashford community and help those most in need.

Every year, KCF helps hundreds of local causes that provide services and support for the most vulnerable in the county, creating new opportunities for the disadvantaged and transforming the lives of those most in need. Ashford Corporate Giving Fund will support local causes throughout Ashford including projects in the most deprived areas of Stanhope, Aylesford Green and Victoria.

Members of Ashford Corporate Giving Fund will make an annual charitable donation to KCF, of between £1,000 – £2,500 which will be pooled to create a collective fund to support local causes. Twice a year, KCF will invite members to come together, at a networking event, to decide which local causes to support and find out more about the most pressing issues facing the local community.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, comments, “Ashford is one of the fastest growing towns in Kent and was recently voted the number one business location in the county. We already manage a successful Corporate Fund in Medway, which has since 2012 awarded 32 grants totalling in excess of £60,000 to community projects and we are confident that the new Ashford Corporate Giving Fund will become a popular means for Ashford businesses and entrepreneurs, to support the local community”

If you would like to join the Ashford Corporate Giving Fund, to help make positive, lasting changes in your local community, please contact josephine@kentcf.org.uk

To donate, please contact Kent Community Foundation www.kentcf.org.uk or call 01303 814500

Examples of KCF funding for Ashford projects:

Ashford Vineyard Church

Funding from KCF helped the Winter Night Shelter buy equipment to operate for 91 nights throughout the winter, providing shelter, washing facilities, advice and meals to 78 vulnerable homeless individuals. All guests who accepted help were supported into housing. Five guests were supported into employment and seven to receive benefits. Seven guests were helped to access a GP for medical help. Many others were referred to other agencies according to their needs and circumstances.

http://ashfordvineyard.org

Ashford BME Association

Ashford BME Association support the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community to break down barriers, reduce social isolation, increase community integration, remove stigma and improve services for all age groups. The grant from KCF, enabled the BME Association to offer various events and projects including; “A Woman’s Worth” support group which helped women and young girls share their knowledge and experiences and learn new skills around beauty therapy and sewing. Speakers were also invited to discuss sensitive issues around FGM and domestic abuse, which led to an increased access to services and positive health and wellbeing.

http://ashfordbmeassociation.org

Step-Out outdoor learning, training & therapy CIC

Step-Out run programmes for teenagers who have problems with anxiety, social interaction, challenging behaviours and have broken relationships with their parents or significant others. Two Saturdays per month, the young people can learn bush craft and survival skills and take part in outdoor woodland art projects, to learn about, nature and conservation, how to use tools safely, cook together and talk about their problems and anxieties.

http://www.step-out.eu

About Ashford Corporate Giving Fund

Ashford Corporate Giving Fund will connect socially responsible local businesses with innovative projects to make a real difference in the local community and help those most in need.

Each member of the Fund will make an annual charitable donation to KCF, of between £1,000 – £2,500 which will be pooled to create a collective fund. Twice a year, members will be invited by KCF to a networking event, to decide which local causes to support and find out more about the most pressing issues facing the local community.

90% of the Ashford Corporate Giving Fund will go directly to local causes.

Kent Community Foundation will retain 10% as a donation towards the cost of running the fund.

www.kentcf.org.uk/give/ashford-corporate-giving-fund

About Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is one of 46 accredited local Community Foundations across the UK. Since 2001, KCF has distributed over £34 million in grants and provides financial support to hundreds of charities and deserving causes throughout Kent and Medway.

To provide this support to charities, KCF helps individuals, families and businesses, establish and administer their own charitable funds to support the local causes that mean the most to them and where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

KCF has an experienced outreach and grants team who ensure highly efficient grant processes and due diligence. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge, networks and wide-ranging experience of community grant-making. We specialise in smaller, grassroots grants: 85% of our grants made last year were under £10,000.

An important advantage of working with a Community Foundation is the level of control and decision-making that the donor retains, while taking advantage of our expertise in small grants, local knowledge and network of contacts.

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