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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.

  • Books boost for Thanet Primary

    A KCOM grant is helping to promote reading for pleasure at an east Hull school.

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  • Photo of local Community Choir grant recepients

    Grant helps local choir hit high note

    A community choir has purchased vital equipment with a little help from KCOM.

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  • Children gardening at community grant recipient Gatwick House

    Garden makeover for Gatwick House

    A grant from KCOM has helped a residents association regenerate an outdoor space.

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"We were delighted to be awarded the community grant by KCOM. The funding meant we could pay for a memorial gravestone and have a small ceremony in the remembrance garden in Driffield to remember the brave Polish pilots who lost their lives in World War Two."

Anna Grzybowska, Polish Community Centre

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’re delighted that people have thought us of worthy of their vote. We’ll be putting the money towards buying some full Raspberry Pi sets that can then be used at our events."

Jon Witts, Hull Raspberry Jam

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

"Our grant will be put to lifesaving use and we would like to express our gratitude to the KCOM team for setting up this grant scheme. It’s vital to small charities like ours that local businesses support community organisations."

Craig Salter, Breathe for Cameron

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 open

  • Applications close

    Applications close

  • Finalists notified

    Finalists notified

  • Voting opens

    Voting opens

  • 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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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.

  • 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 600px 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.

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?▼