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Community grants

Our community grants scheme gives funding to charities, community groups and schools that are working to make a positive difference to life in our region. Every three months we award three grants of up to £1,000 each, so if there's a local project, event or cause that you'd like our support with, read on to find out more.

Latest winners

Thanks to everyone that voted for a recipient of a KCOM community grant. Please see your winners below:

  • Bundles of Joy charity donation

    Bundles of Joy

    Bundles of Joy helps to support disadvantaged families in need. It applied for a grant for 18 new cot bundles of essential equipment for babies’ health and wellbeing.

    More information
  • Special Stars foundation worker with child

    Special Stars Foundation

    Special Stars Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by disabilities. It applied for a grant for a mobile art store and materials for craft sessions.

    Find out more
  • Friends of Westcott event

    Friends of Westcott

    Westcott Primary School’s PTA applied for a grant to purchase new sets of Rigby Star guided reading books for its reception, year 1 and year 2 classes.

    View more

"We are thrilled to be awarded the community grant by KCOM and very thankful to everyone that took the time to vote! The funding will enable us to run a variety of inclusive craft sessions for people affected by disability in Hull."

Natalie Barnes, Special Stars Foundation Charity Manager

Who can apply for a grant?

Anyone living in Hull or the areas of East Yorkshire where we provide phone and broadband services can apply for a grant. Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group, club, school or other not-for-profit organisation, although you don’t need to work or have any formal association with them.

Elderly lady using a tablet a home

"We were ecstatic after being shortlisted by the KCOM community team and that the public got behind us in the vote, making us successful in securing a grant. The money will enable us to purchase books for children which are used for guided reading at school and at home."

Alison Ashcroft, Friends of Westcott

What can the grant be used for?

The grant must be used to benefit people living in our region. It can be used for specific purchases or to run activities or an event. Previous grants have been used to stage poetry competitions, create gardens, run community-based weight loss programmes and to buy everything from sports equipment to school library books – the options are almost endless. Grants must be used within six months of being awarded.

Community Grant winner playing wheelchair basketball

"We are so grateful and excited to receive the community funding from KCOM. It means we can now buy essential items for the families in our community who really need them "

Samantha Watson, Bundles of Joy Fundraising Co-ordinator

Who decides if your application is successful?

Every three months our community panel – made up of KCOM employees who live and work in the region – considers every application we received during the period and selects six finalists.

After that, we’ll open voting to the public for two weeks to decide the winners – so it’s over to you to drum up support for your application!

Elderly lady using a tablet a home

"We’re grateful for the support we received from the community in the voting process. Thanks to the KCOM community team and the public our children’s service can start planning some fantastic activities for the festive period.”

Lauren Coupland-Oxley, Hull Women’s Aid

What makes a successful grant application?

When choosing finalists our community panel is looking for applications that will make a positive difference to members of the local community. Ideally, the grant should cover the whole cost or most of the cost of a project, purchase or event, rather than being put towards a bigger fundraising target.

Children using computer in KCOM Learning Zone

What happens when

  • Applications open

    Applications
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  • Applications close

    Applications
    close

  • Finalists notified

    Finalists
    notified

  • Voting opens

    Voting
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  • Voting closed

    Voting
    closes

  • Winners announced

    Winners
    announced

How to apply

It’s easy – just complete the online form below (or download this printable PDF and email to communitygrants@kcom.com) and your application will be considered for the next round of grants.

We’ve put together some tips and advice in our Guide to applying – it’s worth taking a look to help give your submission the best chance of success.

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Your personal data

KCOM takes privacy seriously. The personal data we collect, the way in which we will collect it and how we use that personal data will depend on the reason for which we have gathered it in the first place. For more information on how we use personal data, please click here.

Read about some of our past grant recipients

  • Photo of Kingston Kayak Club members

    KCOM makes a splash with Kingston Kayak Club

    Youngsters in Hull will get the chance to ride the rapids thanks to a grant from KCOM.

    Read more
  • Programming graphic illustration

    Hull Raspberry Jam is transforming the way we learn about computers

    Hull Raspberry Jam strives to build a community around programming and digital in the city.

    Read more
  • Photo of Cameron Good

    Charity in focus: Breathe for Cameron

    The Hull-based charity was set up after the devastating loss of Cameron Good.

    Read more

Tips and tools

Click the links below to download and application form and our guide to applying for a grant. If your application is shortlisted you can use the other tools below to help promote your bid and give it the best chance of success when public voting opens.

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    Application form

    This is a PDF version of the form above. Simply download, complete, save then email.

  • Community grants top tips PDF download

    Guide to applying

    Take five minutes to read our guide for tips on how to write a great funding request.

Get in touch

If you have any questions not covered in our Guide to applying, feel free to call our community coordinator, Brendon, on 01482 602831 or email us at communitygrants@kcom.com.

Photo of KCOM Community Coordinator, Brendon Smurthwaite

FAQs

  • Who can apply for a grant?▼
    • Anyone living in Hull or the areas of East Yorkshire where we provide phone and broadband services can apply for a grant. Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group, club, school or other not-for-profit organisation, although you don’t need to work for them.
  • What can the grant be used for?▼
    • The grant must be used to benefit people living in our region. It can be used for specific purchases or to run activities or an event. Previous grants have been used to stage poetry competitions, create gardens, run community-based weight loss programmes and to buy everything from sports equipment to school library books – the options are almost endless. Grants must be used within six months of being awarded.
  • Who decides if my application is successful?▼
    • Every three months our community panel – made up of KCOM employees who live and work in the region – considers every application we received during the period and selects six finalists.

      After that, we’ll open voting to the public for two weeks to decide the winners – so it’s over to you to drum up support for your application!
  • What makes a successful grant application?▼
    • When choosing finalists our community panel is looking for applications that will make a positive difference to members of the local community. Ideally, the grant should cover the whole cost or most of the cost of a project, purchase or event, rather than being put towards a bigger fundraising target.
  • How do I apply for a community grant?▼
  • *Terms and conditions▼
    • Your personal data
      KCOM takes privacy seriously. The personal data we collect, the way in which we will collect it and how we use that personal data will depend on the reason for which we have gathered it in the first place. For more information on how we use personal data, please click here.
    • Community grants
      Entrants to the KCOM community grant scheme are required to apply online. You can find out more information on how to enter by clicking here.
      Grants will be made to not-for-profit organisations/groups only and not to individuals. Applications on behalf of individuals will not be accepted. Only one application per organisation per round of grants will be accepted, although unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted for consideration in future rounds of grants.