Chatham Maritime Trust supports the local community through events, grants and sponsorship
Chatham Maritime Trust is a registered charity, whose charitable objects are primarily concerned with the wellbeing of the Chatham Maritime Estate, including its landscaping, environment, infrastructure, flood protection and amenities.
In addition, the Trust's objects cover the provision (directly or indirectly) of recreation and leisure facilities for the Chatham Maritime Estate and its neighbourhood, the Medway Towns, and others who conveniently make use of them, and provision for the education and assistance of the young and other members of the Medway Towns community in order to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.
To this end the Trust maintains a Community Fund, which it uses to support these additional community objectives. This support can be by direct organisation of activities, or by way of a grant to others to provide these activities. Please note that the charity is restricted by its constitution to certain activities in support of the population of the Medway area.
The Community Fund has limited resources; consequently, preference is given to initiatives that support the immediate community. Any sums that are not used in the financial year are carried over.
All grant applications are considered by a panel of four Trustees, two of whom are independent of the Trust, in conjunction with the Chief Executive. The Trust aims to support a number of different groups and activities and should not be seen to be supporting the same events year on year. For further information and an application form click on the links at the bottom of the page. As a guide applications will be considered if:
- the application comes from a registered charity, organisation or companies or groups that are active in the community. Newly formed groups will need to demonstrate a genuine community benefit. Applications from individuals are not normally considered.
- Applicants need to demonstrate their proposal fits the objects detailed in the Community Fund Grant Policy - Terms & Conditions as below
- the proposal must benefit the population of the Medway Towns. Priority will be given to proposals that benefit the Chatham Maritime Estate, then the Estate community, then the adjacent areas.
Over the past few years, Chatham Maritime Trust has made grants to organisations including:
- St. Mary's Island Primary School (equipment)
- Arethusa Venture Centre
- Morning Star Trust (sailing trips residential and day trips)
- Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme (Medway Panel)
- Kent & Medway Walking Bus
- SMILE (SMI Primary School PTA)
- Saintara (SMI Active Retirement Residents Association)
- Medway Youth Parliament (Try Angle awards)
- Fairbridge in Kent
- Universities at Medway Boat Race
- The Crafting Table (SMI Arts & Crafts Group)
- Medway Youth Trust (overseas educational trip)
- Nucleus Arts (workshops)
The Trust has recently provided funding to Medway Youth Trust to support a three year training programme for fifteen vulnerable 21 year-olds on an educational trip to Colombia where they will work on a coffee farm, dairy and in a school. Although fifteen will directly benefit this year and for each of the next two years the programme's focus is on impacting as many young people in the Medway area as can be reached through post-trip activities carried out by the participants on their return. These individuals will become ambassadors raising aspirations and widening horizons of their peers and will be encouraged to build on their experiences, influencing and motivating others to raise their own aspirations through a series of workshops, presentations, blogs, mentoring or as team leaders on future programmes within Medway Youth Trust and its partners.
The group of young people had a very emotional send-off; all were positive and excited and a little nervous about facing the unexpected. One of the youngsters had never even flown before. Prior to their departure the group managed to raise £21,004 of their £22,400 target. The group of young adults have been nominated and chosen to win the first 'Young People United' award for diversity and team commitment. They had to make their acceptance speech whilst queuing with their luggage next to the airport coach; unfortunately they will miss the award ceremony as it takes place whilst they are in Colombia.
Feedback from the youngsters " so posts here have been few and far between but rest assured that New Horizons are flying high on Colombian turf. Adventure, challenge, hard work, beautiful scenery, warm and fascinating people, deep conversations, bugs with glowing eyes, heavy downpours, lightning that lights up the sky, building rain covers, clearing trees, digging drains, salsa dancing, countless new fruits, delicious food, meeting inspiring people, making cheese, picking coffee, talking to school children in Spanish, playing Colombian volleyball, taking part in workshops that open our minds and hearts and teach us lessons we never imagined. New Horizons are doing it all. There are no words to describe it. New Horizons is New Horizons".
Shannon Waters "We even took to making a new bridge today to help the farm down the road from us who have a disabled child and elderly couple. the last one was broken by a bull. We stopped as it rained and then when the other group got back from the diary factory they told us the bridge had broken so we are going to have another go tomorrow".
Chatham Maritime Trust Trustee, Deborah Sims, attended The New Horizons Graduation evening on 10th December 2015 which was held on the Medway University Campus; the event celebrated everything the participants had achieved on the programme and a chance to thank all the people who had supported them on such a unique journey.
Medway Youth Trust has three main goals - to prepare, improve and inspire giving every child in Medway the best chance of life and to ensure young people are learning and prepared for the future. This is achieved through a range of programmes, services and activities throughout the Medway towns. In January 2016 the Medway Messenger named Medway Youth Trust as its Charity of the Year for 2016.
Medway Youth Trust has won the NYA Hear by Rights Gold Award - this means that they are recognised for their outstanding youth participation activities in the community. For example, their Youth Forum is requested by the local authority, NHS and other organisations to represent the view of local young people.
The Trust has also given support to Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham for funding for new workshops to provide creative activities to those who are socially isolated and those with varying stages of dementia and Morning Star Trust for a residential sailing trip for vulnerable young people from the Medway towns.
Two small groups sailed on Morning Star Trust's smaller vessel "Dayspring" over two weekends in April 2017, 21st to 23rd and 28th to 30th April. Gillingham Sea Scouts embarked Dayspring on the 28th April and sailed out to the Medway Estuary. Elona Walker from Chatham Maritime Trust and Deborah Sims, a Trustee of Chatham Maritime Trust, went to see the group embark for their short residential trip. The second photograph shows Deborah (the one on the left with Syd & Ben from Morning Star Trust).
For the financial year 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 the Trust has given support to the following organisations:
- £3,000 - Medway youth Trust (Horizons - educational trip overseas)
- £250 - The Crafting Table - Craft Group on St. Mary's Island
- £3,600 - Morning Star Trust (7 day sailing trip) - please see the attached report
- £3,000 - Nucleus Arts (community workshops for those with dementia)
- £1,000 - Medway Street Pastors (operating in Rochester and Chatham)
- £1,000 - Rochester & North Kent Music & Drama Festival Association (performing arts)
- £300 - Try Angle Awards (recognising young peoples achievements in Medway)
- £981 - GK Unions (Universities at Medway's Student Union Varsity 2016)
- £400 - St. Mary's Island History Group Project (20 years of St. Mary's Island)
More recently in 2016 the Trust has supported the following organisations:
- £1,500 - Lordswood U13s Football Team (sponsorship for the 2016/17 season) - here is the team wearing their new kit featuring the Trust's logo
- £3,190 - Chatham Marine Cadets Unit (equipment)
- £2,500 - Rainham Cricket Club (funding towards the building of a new club house)
See below grant allocations provided in recent years:
- 2016 Community Fund Application Form
- 2016 Community Fund Grant Policy - Terms & Conditions
- Community Fund Grants for Year Ended 31 March 2011 (19kb)
- Community Fund Grants for Year Ended 31 March 2012 (19kb)
- Community Fund Grants for Year ended 31 March 2013 (66kb)
- Community Fund Grants for Year ended 31 March 2014
- Community Fund Grants for Year ended 31 March 2015
- The Maritime Messenger (Spring 2017) Edition
Published 23 May 2017
- University of Greenwich Faculty Public Lecture - Wednesday 24th May 2017
Published 22 May 2017
- Environmental Issues - Flies
Published 19 May 2017
- Copper Rivet distillery wins double gold
Published 18 May 2017
- Expansion of St. Mary's Island Primary School
Published 18 May 2017
- The Big Purple Fun Run - Monday 29th May 2017
Published 16 May 2017
- St. Mary's Island History Group Meeting / AGM - Monday 15th May 2017
Published 15 May 2017