Our Grants

The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust has been making charitable grants since 1969.  We have always encouraged grant recipients to send us information about their projects and the impact that our funds are making.  The following list provides  examples of grants made within our current programmes supporting young people with poverty of opportunity. 


Academy FM

Towards 'The Folkestone Status' - a unique project to train and engage young people with written English through developing a website and magazine co-written by teenagers.



Towards the cost of ‘Mind & Body’ an early intervention programme for young people who are self-harming. 


Books Beyond Words

Working with special schools and public libraries to support vulnerable young people with learning disabilities during transition from school to adulthood.


Cafe Sunlight

Towards supporting disadvantaged young people through a training programme; combining food, nutrition, life and employability skills, with progression routes into living wage catering roles


Canterbury Cathedral

Support for a new stonemasonry apprenticeship at the Cathedral for a young person with ‘poverty of opportunity’.


Carer's First

Supporting young carers to transition into adulthood with work on their self-confidence; to give them choices in employment and further education.


Changing Lives Kent CIC

Helping socially disadvantaged young people through high level supervision and mentorship enabling more apprentice and trainee opportunities.


Changing Paths

A grant over two years to support young ex-offenders, serving offenders and long term unemployed by providing support and skills training to allow them to access employment, primarily in the construction industry. 


Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Towards the post of a full-time mentor to work with young people to improve their personal resilience, achievements and ambitions.


Communities Food CIC

A grant over two years is awarded towards the costs of a café manager/vocational trainer to provide approximately 26 young people not in education, employment or training with catering/hospitality training, education and mentoring around safe food preparation and customer service.


Communities Food CIC

Further funding towards catering, hospitality training and education around safe food preparation, customer service and employability in Gravesham.


Create the Way

A grant over two years towards the costs of a bicycle recycling and training charity; training unemployed and underprivileged young people in bicycle mechanics and donating bicycles at low cost to low-income families.


Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust

A grant payable over two years to help the charity expand ‘Get on Track’ their innovative personal development and employability programme to new parts of Kent to benefit more disadvantaged young people.


Dandelion Time

Support programme for disadvantaged young parents affected by emotional difficulties.


Diocese of Rochester

Promoting cohesion and aspiration through detached youth work in the deprived communities of Swanscombe/Greenhithe as they become part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, reducing antisocial behaviour.


Education Business Partnerships Sandwich

To prepare, empower and support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to take up work experience opportunities.


The Family Trust

Mentoring for disadvantaged secondary schools pupils to help them reach their full potential.


Fixers/Public Service Broadcasting Trust

To work with disengaged and disadvantaged NEETs in Kent to produce resources addressing the issues which matter the most to them in their communities.


Gap – Thanet Community Project

A grant payable over two years towards the cost of a Youth Development Manager to support young people in Thanet to fulfil their potential with training, volunteering, basic skills education and a social enterprise employment opportunity.


Growth Rings CIC

To establish apprenticeships for young ex-offenders and those at risk of offending; creating hand crafted oak flooring, furniture and homewares, alongside stained glass artistry and blacksmithing.


Henwood Seven-One CIC

Towards thirteen-week disciplined and structured training courses designed to motivate NEETs from Kent and Medway, introducing them to a fit and healthy lifestyle.


Hope Street Centre

Mentoring support, skills training and a work experience programme for young people to raise confidence/self-esteem and develop work based skills.


Home-Start Canterbury and Coastal

To deliver ‘attachment’ programmes to young parents, including young fathers, to benefit their children's positive development.


Innov8 on Sheppey CIC

To engage young people, excluded from school or NEET, in creative coding, graphic art, film, music production and social marketing.


Kent Community Foundation (KCF)

Strategic NEETs Programme for Kent - to co-fund a strategic programme for Kent over 3 years to achieve clear and measurable positive outcomes for Kent’s most vulnerable NEET young people.


Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs

To provide a specialist mentor for young unemployed people in Kent who want to start their own business.


Kent Woodland Employment Scheme

Towards the cost of a low loader for the woodland management apprenticeship training programme.


Kenward Trust

To launch 'Think Differently', a drug and alcohol intervention programme in secondary schools in Kent and Medway.


Lighthouse Project

Towards the ‘Inspiring Futures Programme’ that will enable young people to achieve academically, improve their emotional wellbeing and mental health and reach their full potential.


Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind

Towards the ‘Work, Well Being and You’ programme, a training programme for NEETS experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.


Medway Youth Trust

Towards the ‘New Horizons’ project that will recruit, prepare, train and develop 15 vulnerable and disadvantaged 15-21 year olds in readiness for a life-changing personal development trip abroad.


mhs homes

Towards the cost of a ‘Functional Skills Assistant’ to provide onsite vocational skills training for vulnerable 16 - 25 years olds.


Music Hub Plus CIC

To provide an innovative programme of study for young people focusing on the music industry, to create a pathway to employment through work experience.

£72,600 & £54,000

PACE Foundation CIC

To provide sporting opportunities, including coach education programmes for young people in deprived wards in Kent.


Pipeline Youth Initiative

Grant payable over two years towards the running of ‘Aspire’ – an education programme for unemployed and underprivileged young people. The programme is designed to improve numeracy, literacy, life/personal and employability skills.


Pipeline Youth Initiative

To continue the Aspire educational project.



A grant payable over three years to establish a new mentoring service centred in Dartford but reaching across North and West Kent, for the most difficult-to-reach young people at risk of offending. The project will involve training three ‘youth peer mentors’ each year who have themselves been involved in crime and who want to change their lives by becoming youth workers and mentors.



Mentoring service for the most difficult-to-reach young people at risk of offending.


Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

Working with young men who are struggling with the trauma of domestic abuse, supporting them to improve their self-esteem and resilience.


Romney Resource 2000 Ltd

To extend and improve provision for the hardest to reach NEETs through a safe one-stop facility for education, support and mentoring.


School Home Support

To improve school attendance rates amongst disadvantaged 11 -18 year olds in Gravesend.


Sheppey Matters

Towards ‘Healthy HeArts’ health and wellbeing project to enable disadvantaged young people to gain life and work skills.


Sk8side CIC

To establish a motorbike project for young people involving mechanics workshops and an off-road project.


Speakers Trust

Public speaking workshops and competitions for Kent and Medway school year 11s, helping them develop skills and confidence.


St Mildred's Abbey

Towards a new meeting room and facilities at Parkminster to enable a work-training scheme in partnership with Looking Ahead for impoverished young people with disabilities.


Step Outdoor Learning Training & Therapy CIC

To provide vulnerable students with bush-craft and forestry skills to help them gain land-based vocational qualifications.


Strood Community Project

A grant towards the cost of a new programme to revolutionise the prospects of 25 low-achieving, underprivileged young people through curriculum coaching, mentoring and leisure activities.


Strood Community Project

To offer young people with poverty of opportunity apprenticeships and intensive support and training.


Switch Youth Cafe

Supporting the personal & social development of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people through an informal education initiative.


Switch Youth Cafe

Towards the costs of a youth café in Maidstone High Street that focuses on personal and social development for young people.


Thanet Community Development Trust

To provide opportunities for young people leaving care to prepare them emotionally and practically to become independent and productive adults.


Town and County Foundation

To work with young social housing residents offering them apprenticeships with contractors with a view to longer-term employment.


Trinity Fencing CIC

To rehabilitate young ex-offenders through apprenticeships and mentoring, to equip them with life skills and a trade to help break re-offending cycles.


Uprising Youth and Community Ashford

Towards the continuation of work at the ‘House’ project and ‘Hang 10’ detached youth service, helping and supporting for young people.


Volunteering Matters

Towards ‘Grandmentors’ an intergenerational mentoring project matching older volunteers with care leavers.


West Faversham Community Association

Further support towards ongoing costs of the community centre.


West Kent YMCA

To provide ‘functional skills’ support, giving young people the confidence to achieve personal and vocational goals.


Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust

A grant payable over two years towards an adventure-based learning project to raise the attainment in English and Maths of vulnerable young people from North West Kent who are excluded from school.


Who Cares Trust

Translating three factsheets into five languages for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Kent to help them better understand the care system.


Word on the Street

A grant over three years towards the Christian Fields Community Hub; a youth and community centre running a variety of educational and social activities for young people with poverty of opportunity living in a particularly deprived area of Gravesham.


Young Kent

A grant payable over three years in support of the ‘me2’ programme, which organises and trains young people aged 15 to 19 to be mentors for disabled young people to help them take part in mainstream youth and leisure activities.


Young Lives Foundation (YLF)

Mentoring 14–16 year old underachievers and helping them gain an ASDAN award.  The grant will allow YLF to extend their service into secondary schools in deprived areas of Kent.