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 over the last five years. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


Kent Woodland Employment Scheme

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


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.



Towards 'Streets Ahead Detached Work', engaging young people on the streets.



Engaging young people in a ten week sports leadership programme and six week volunteer placement.


Maidstone Christian Care

Towards a Day Centre for homeless people.


Morning Star Trust

Towards the winter refit project.


Nonington Fitness Group

Towards providing outdoor adult fitness equipment.



The provision of domestic equipment to financially disadvantaged families in Kent who are caring for terminally ill children.


Rushenden Community House

Towards an after-school facility to promote healthy eating and physical activity.


St Clement, Sandwich

Towards providing a meeting room, toilet, kitchen and choir rehearsal room.


St Margaret, Hothfield

Towards the cost of retiling the south aisle roof.


St Paul's, Northumberland Heath

Towards the refurbishment and extension of the church and hall.


Swale CVS - Sheppey Youth Action

Towards an after school programmes to provide diversionary youth activities.


Temple Hill Baptist Church

Towards a youth club to improve training, education, IT and related skills.


Thanet Mind

Help for vulnerable adults to participate in horticulture therapy, craft, painting and cooking.


The Dover Detainee Visitor Group

Towards support for immigration detainees in Dover.


The Hope Street Centre Sheerness

Providing work experience for disadvantaged people.


The Kenward Trust

Towards the provision of structured interventions for young people at risk of substance misuse and anti-social behaviour.


The Lighthouse Project – Thanet

Workshops in schools to help children experience good role models, friendships, confidence, teamwork and the ability to achieve.


Tourettes Action

Towards Tourettes Self-Help groups in Kent.


UNLOCK, National Association of Reformed Offenders

Providing information, advice and support through the helpline and website to prisoners, ex-offenders and their families in Kent.


Voluntary Action Maidstone

Help towards the V Team project - supporting volunteers recovering from personal difficulties and older people needing practical help.


Volunteer Reading Help

Recruiting and training one-to-one reading helpers in schools.


Warden Village Hall Committee

Towards an extension of the hall to provide changing rooms.


Wealden Sailability

Help to buy an Access Liberty sailing dinghy for disabled people.


Welcome Day Centre of the Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association

Towards carpeting the cellar.


West Kent YMCA

Towards the cost of tutors, key workers and functional skills tutors to provide young people with training and employment.


Work This Way

Providing training, work experience and employment to prisoners in preparation for release at HMP Standford Hill and Elmley.


WorldWide Volunteering (WWV)

Towards the Community Chaplaincy led programme for young offenders.