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Who do we support?

STF is a grant making charity supporting young people to open doors to pathways in sports and dance. Our charitable objectives include supporting young people through sporting organisations across Swale and the surrounding areas, in order to promote healthy recreation and wellbeing within the community.

Many of the young people that we look to support come from deprived or difficult backgrounds and take part in sports or dance as a way of social inclusion and escapism from pressure to make poor life choices.

We aim to provide education for young people in order to help them understand the importance of fitness and healthy living in order to maintain a focused and purposeful lifestyle throughout what can be the most difficult period of their young lives.

We believe that no child should be denied the opportunity to take part in something as simple as an after-school sports club or dance class due to restrictions around access to funds.

Our history

The charity was initially founded by a group of friends who witnessed first hand how devastating it can be for families and young people when access to funds limits their opportunities.
Suzi Rawes (Chairperson), Nick Mason (Vice-Chairperson) and Talita Wigg (Retired Trustee) are the founding members, and formally registered the charity on 27 October 2016.

As of December 2018, the Trustee board is made up of 4 trustees – Suzi Rawes, Nick Mason,  plus Guy Mills and Jaynie Hollister who joined the board in December 2018.

The charity also has a committee of up to 10 further committee members, who will assist in the reviewing of stage 1 grant applications. In addition to this important task, the committee assist the charity by volunteering their time when the charity hosts events. The planning and arranging of events is not an easy task, but the committee have a positive track record at doing an amazing job at delivering successful events no matter how big or small!

How to apply?

Are you eligible?

Do you reside within Swale and the surrounding areas?
Is your grant going to be used to promote community participation in sports or dance?

Are you an organisation (or individual applying during the window of opportunity)?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, then please take the time to download and read our Grant Making Policy before making your application

If you are happy that you meet all the criteria and guidelines within the policy, then please download the relevant application form and return it via post to our registered charity address as detailed on the form.


Main Grants

Our main grant programme has a two stage grant process as follows:

Stage 1: A Grant Committee meets on a quarterly basis. The Committee’s role is to put applications forward to stage 2.

Stage 2: Applications recommended by the Grant Committee are considered at one of the Trustees’ meetings which take place on a quarterly basis and are usually held in: January, April, July and October.

We normally only consider grant requests from organisations, however we will open a window of opportunity for individuals to apply for grants between April and May of each year, based on fund availability.


Charities that have previously received a grant or applied unsuccessfully are asked to wait two years before re-applying. Unsuccessful applicants may not re-apply with the same project.




The grant offer may be withdrawn after 2 months if it is not taken up.

If you are successful, the following regulations alongside the offer letter should be adhered to:

  • The grant may be used only for the purpose for which it was made in the offer letter by the trustees. Any proposed changes should be submitted in writing for the trustees’ approval
  • Any delays or major changes in the project delivery should be brought to the trustees’ attention
  • The grant offer may be withdrawn after 2 months if it is not taken up. You may apply for an extension in exceptional circumstances
  • A progress report is requested within a year of each grant payment. This should detail the results and outcomes of the project and the extent to which it is meeting the objectives stated in the original application
  • We may wish to visit to see the work funded during the life of the grant
  • The trustees reserve the right to withhold a grant or require repayment if: any false information is supplied to the Foundation deliberately; the work undertaken is not the work for which the grant was approved; the grantee becomes insolvent or goes into administration, receivership or liquidation, and if the grant has not already been spent on its intended purpose
  • Permission must be sought for the use of the Foundation’s logo

Frequently asked questions:

If I don’t live in the Swale area can I still apply for a grant?

Unfortunately our charitable objectives only cover applicants who reside in these areas, and applications from outside of Swale will automatically be declined.

If I apply for a grant and meet all the criteria, does this mean my grant will be successful?

Unfortunately it does not mean your grant is automatically successful. There are many other factors, which will need to be considered by the trustees at the time of application, including the level of funds that the charity has available at the time.

When will my application be reviewed?

The trustees meet 4 times per year and your application will be reviewed at this point. It may take 4 weeks for your application to be reviewed.

Do you have any employed staff?

No, all of our trustees and committee members are volunteers.