What is the Benevolent Fund?
The Benevolent Fund is the charitable arm of the Kent FA and makes donations to support local football. It relies solely on generous donations from the football family to help those in need.
How do you contribute to the Benevolent Fund?
The Benevolent Fund is totally reliant on donations and each affiliated club, competition official or referee can contribute. Examples of where this donation can be made from include;
- The proceeds of practice matches
- The gate receipts of at least one match
- A personal subscription from club or competition funds
- Grants from the balance of funds of a charity competition
- Collections during home matches
- Donations by referees
Please note that it is a principle of the Benevolent Fund that it is based on voluntary contributions because no individual can then claim, as a right any benefit; it must be benevolence.
To make a donation to the Benevolent Fund please send a cheque made payable to Kent County Football Association Limited and include a cover note with how the donation has been raised. An online donation can also be made as long as it is referenced as a Benevolent Fund donation.
Who does the Benevolent Fund support?
The Benevolent Fund provides financial support to;
- Footballers and other members or officials of affiliated bodies under the jurisdiction of the Kent FA who have suffered injury while playing football or become incapacitated by any illness attributable to participation in the game.
- Any others who have in the opinion of Kent FA rendered service to the game of football in the county.
- The dependents of any such persons above.
How do you apply to the Benevolent Fund?
The Benevolent Fund form can be obtained from the Kent FA website via the online library (http://library.kentfa.com/documents.aspx). No form will be accepted unless it gives all the information required, is signed by the applicant, certified by the Chairman and Secretary of the club or competition with which the applicant is connected and accompanied by a Medical Certificate. Kent FA shall then investigate the application and make a recommendation to be considered before payment is made.
Please note that the Benevolent Fund is established not to supersede efforts by clubs and others but to supplement these local efforts and any other source of income that may be available to the applicant during or in respect of any incapacity from work. However, the Benevolent Fund must not be construed as a substitute for insurance.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, grants will only be made to members of clubs or competitions who have previously contributed to the Benevolent Fund.
Please note, a player who has been injured whilst playing football is also able to claim under a club’s Personal Injury Insurance provided through UK Global.
For all claims, the club secretary must request a claim form from UKGlobal within 30 days of the incident. Please contact either: Jerry, Natalie or Fiona using the below details.
Jerry Dungate - 01883 333512 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Surridge - 01883 333522 or email@example.com
Fiona Lavery - 01252 734539 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Benevolent Fund please contact Kent FA on 01622 791 850 or email email@example.com