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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:

  • Northcott School

    Northcott School

    Northcott School is a special educational needs school. It caters for children aged from five to 16. It currently has 135 children on its roll. The school is predominantly a social communication and interaction school with a high majority of pupils on the autistic spectrum with additional sensory needs.

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  • The Friends of St Anne’s

    The Friends of St Anne’s

    St Anne’s is a community special day school, based in Welton, East Yorkshire, with residential provision, catering for two to 19-year-olds, providing a quality, inclusive education for pupils with severe learning difficulties and those with profound and multiple needs. The Friends and Parents Committee is a small charity started in September 2011 by parents to raise funds to provide education, equipment, recreational and leisure time opportunities for the children.

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  • >RSPCA Hull & East Riding

    RSPCA Hull & East Riding

    The RSPCA Hull & East Riding Branch was originally founded in 1903. We are an autonomous charity affiliated to the National RSPCA. To continue operationally it’s responsible for its own income generation. The Hull & East Riding branch focuses on proactively reducing cruelty through community education. It teaches empathy and compassion for all living creatures.

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"Northcott School are thrilled to have been awarded a grant from the KCOM community grants scheme. Our school community has communication and interaction needs and can experience sensory issues. This grant will allow us to transform a space to provide essential sensory equipment and outdoor learning opportunities. We are very grateful of the support of companies like KCOM who allow schools to provide additional resources and experiences for our pupils."

Katherine Johnson, headteacher at Northcott School

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 are extremely grateful and overwhelmed for the support we received and wish to thank everyone who voted for us. This grant will enable us to provide much needed equipment and activities for the students at the school."

Amanda Best, chair of Friends of St Anne's

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’re absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a KCOM community grant of £1,000. This grant will enable us to continue developing our Inner City Community Garden space into a vibrant and inclusive learning resource for our visiting schools, groups and families. We’re very much looking forward to partnering with KCOM as we transform our centre on Clough Road.""

Alison Ripley, branch general manager at RSPCA

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 are thrilled to be awarded a community grant by KCOM. The funding will enable us to run a variety of inclusive craft sessions for people affected by disability in Hull.”

Special Stars Foundation, KCOM community grant recipient

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

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  • Applications close

    Applications
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  • Finalists notified

    Finalists
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  • Voting opens

    Voting
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  • Voting closed

    Voting
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  • Winners announced

    Winners
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"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

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.

"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

Some of our past grant recipients

  • Hull Community Voices hit the high notes with KCOM

    A local choir are on song thanks to a grant from KCOM.

  • 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.

  • Community grants web banners ZIP folder

    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.

  • Community grants poster template PDF download

    Posters

    Shortlisted? Congratulations! Download our posters and add your details before printing.

  • Community grants 300px social media banner download

    300px social tiles

    Download our tiles and use on your social media channels to encourage supporters to vote for you.

  • Community grants web banners ZIP folder

    600px web banners

    Download our voting banners to use on your website or emails.

"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

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.