Charitable trusts and foundations

Grants from charitable trusts and foundations (including corporate trusts) make a real difference to the lives of our beneficiaries. We are committed to working with trusts and foundations whose aims are similar to our own, helping you to fulfil your charitable purposes through supporting our work.


Our current fundraising priorities

We have a number of opportunities for charitable trusts and foundations who would like to become funding partners.

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Supporting people into work

We provide pathways of support to help homeless and vulnerable people to find work, live independently and play a full and positive role in their communities

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As well as grants for specific activities such as those listed above, we welcome unrestricted donations which we can use flexibly where the need is greatest. We are also keen to secure multi-year grants to provide longer-term stability for our work.

The difficulties that our beneficiaries face are often very complex; some receive our support over a number of years. That is why we believe that it is important that they receive a consistent level of support delivered by people who are suitably qualified, experienced and skilled. Most of our support is therefore provided by paid staff and our budgets reflect these costs.

We are also utilising the skills of an increasing number of volunteers across our projects. Their contribution is worth thousands of pounds every year and enhances the quality and reach of our services.

Your support does not end with a cheque

We know that trusts and foundations don’t always want their support to end with the giving of a grant; you like to know what difference your award is making. We provide updates and as little or as much information as you need about the activities you are supporting. We are always delighted to organise project visits so that you can see our work in action.

Value for money

We evaluate our services to make sure that they are effective, and that we learn and improve from our experience. As well as making sure that individuals are given the best possible support, we also aim to measure the wider social value of our work. Our six social pledges outline the areas in which we aim to make the biggest impact, and our annual review shows the difference we are making.

The people we support are at the heart of what we do, and they are involved in designing, planning and evaluating our services. This leads to higher quality services and better prospects for our beneficiaries.

Porchlight has held the Investors in People standard since 2002, showing our commitment to the development of our staff. We hold the ISO9001 quality management standard and the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation's approved provider standard. We also became the first charity in Kent to be awarded the REVAMP quality mark for excellence in volunteering management and practice.

Our overheads are low. For every £1 received 90p is spent on providing support to our beneficiaries. The remaining 10p is spent on raising the next pound and providing the infrastructure needed to manage our activities effectively.


Over the last year, funders including Big Lottery Fund, Oak Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, The Sobell Foundation and The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust have all supported our work. If you would like to find out more about how you can make a difference please contact 01227 813199 or email