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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 Towns.     

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 nor will the Trust supplement revenue funding.
  • 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)

Medway Youth Trust

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“.

“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”.
Shannon Waters

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.

Trust Funding 2015-16

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)
  • £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 the Trust has supported the following organisations:

  • £1,500 – Lordswood U13s Football Team (sponsorship of kit for the 2016/17 season)
  • £3,190 – Chatham Marine Cadets Unit (equipment)
  • £2,500 – Rainham Cricket Club (funding towards the building of a new club house)
  • £1,650 to Morning Star Trust (a residential sailing weekend)
  • £2,500 to Medway Youth Trust (educational overseas trip)
  • £1,000 to St. John’s C of E Infant School (regeneration of play area)
  • £1,100 to Medway Sunlight Rotary (National Rotary Kids Day Out)
  • £823 to Music Man Project (Medway) (promotional material for new project )
  • £2,098 to 10th Medway Sea Scouts (for canoes and paddles)
  • £2,000 to Soccer Street Foundation (mentoring programme through football)
  • £625 to Young Lives Foundation (activity day/residential course and mentoring programme)
  • £3,000 to Dandelion Time (therapeutic programmes for Medway families)
  • £1,955 to Family Trust (practical money courses in local schools)
  • £3,000 to WetWheels Foundation (boat trips for disabled and disadvantaged people)
  • £1,000 to 1st St. Mary’s Island Rainbow, Brownie & Guide Unit (new programme material, badges, books etc.)
  • £1,000 to Chatham Royal Marine Cadets Unit (field kit)
  • £100 to Rivermead Inclusive Trust (community art project)
  • £1,500 to GK Unions (student well being programme)
  • £1,100 to Medway Sunlight Rotary Club (National Kids Day Out (from Medway School)
  • £1,000 to Living River Foundation (Litter Free Maritime campaign)
  • £1,100 to Medway Sunlight Rotary Club (National Kids Day Out (Medway children)
  • £2,040 for Morning Star Trust (voyage for Medway young people)
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