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KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme Reopens for Applications for 2023

Children & Young People

14 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is available for charities and grassroots community groups and associations to support young people aged 11-25 years in communities where KFC restaurants are located.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available for charities, community interest companies and clubs or associations with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 to support projects that help young people create firm foundations by addressing their needs through early intervention, and empowering young people to fulfil their potential through the provision of safe social spaces, mentoring, work, and social skills development. 

The Community Grants Programme will support projects in communities where KFC restaurants are located that: 

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years.
  • Support those in a position of social disadvantage (ie, care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, refugees, or young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
  • Provide spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping to unlock talent and build life skills, provide mentoring, and improve their chances of gaining meaningful employment.
  • Empower all young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future.

There is a two-stage application process. Applicants must first submit a two-minute video about their organisation, along with an expression of interest form, before submitting a full application. 

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 13 March 2023. 


How To Apply

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest form is 13 March 2023 (23:59).

There is a two-stage application process:

  • Expression of Interest:
    • Applicants should first submit a two minute video about their organisation.
    • Applicants should then complete and submit an Expression of Interest form, via the link on the KFC Foundation’s website.
  • Successful groups will be notified of their outcome and invited to complete a full application.

Guidance notes are available on the KFC Foundation’s website.


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