Community Chest Project

Supporting local charities, groups and non-profit organisations

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2018 Community Chest Awards Presentation

2018 Community Chest Awards Presentation

The Rotary Club of Medway supports a number of high profile charities, but there are many local charities, groups, and organisations in our own community that we may not know about which could benefit from a relatively small sum of money.  A grant from our Community Chest could make all the difference as to whether or not a community project happens.  

The Community Chest project was set up in its current form in 2014.  Many small local charities depend on the hard work and support of unpaid volunteers to continue their good work.  We aim to assist these local charities by raising funds from our various activities and collections to make funds available. 

In the past 5 years Medway Rotary has helped around 50 local charities with grants totalling about £12,500.  Examples of some of the organisations assisted are Medway Asthma Self Help Group, Medway Watersports Trust, Air Training Corps, Without Walls (Dementia Support), Hospital Radio Medway, Good Intent Youth Club.  In addition many local Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Guide groups have received assistance for their projects.

Each year between January and April, we invite applications from local charities, groups, projects, etc in the Medway area that serve the local community, to bid for sums of money up to a maximum value of £250.

There are a few simple requirements which must be met to qualify for funding:

  • Organistions should be non-profit making, if possible applicants should be a registered charity, or attached to or associated with one. 
  • Have a bank account in the name of the group. 
  • The request must be for a specific item they need, such as equipment or a trip, not just an addition to a larger general fund. 
  • The maximum sum available for each project is £250.  Organisations may only apply for one grant, 
  • Your organisation must not have received a Medway Rotary Club Grant in the previous year.

2017 Community Chest Awards Presentation

2017 Community Chest Awards Presentation

2019 Community Chest Awards

Held at the Golf Club GILLINGHAM on Tuesday 25 May 2019.


The following groups were award a cheque donation at our award evening:




MEDWAY NIGHT SHELTER - Purchase of folding beds and bedding.


ELLENOR – 2019 Christmas Party


MEDWAY STROKE GROUP - Gardening equipment for use on their new allotment project


RETHINK SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP-MEDWAY AREA - Group Outing Monday 24 June 2019, assisting mental health.


LORDSWOOD WI - Storage wheelie box containing roller banner and pavement boards for publicity


FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS - Pew cushions for the ageing parishioners


SLOUGH FORT PRESERVATION TRUST - To purchase all necessary equipment to rebuild and renovate the chimney.