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Rotary Club of The Weald of Kent

The Mike Collingwood Memorial Fund


Mike Collingwood was the first President of the Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent when it was established in 1975.  Mike believed strongly in supporting young people in their efforts to broaden their horizons and better themselves both educationally and vocationally, not only in their careers and aspirations, but also in their interests, hobbies and personal pursuits.


The Mike Collingwood Memorial Fund (MCMF) was established in memory of Mike’s commitment to young people and, over the years, has helped many young and exceptional individuals with the costs of undertaking projects and personal challenges both at home and overseas.  Examples might be going for a Duke of Edinburgh Award, participating in an overseas trip such as a world challenge, or attaining excellence in a particular sport or chosen vocation. The list of activities which the MCMF will support is very wide and each application for assistance is considered on an individual basis. However, the project or trip should be undertaken within a year of the application being made and the Trustees regret that they are not able to assist with recurring costs such as university fees.


The MCMF will make a contribution towards the costs of undertaking these projects and challenges to applicants who live within a 20 mile radius of the “Who’d a Thought It” at Grafty Green, which is where the Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent holds its weekly meetings.  The Fund has only a limited amount available for distribution each year and cannot, therefore, cover the entire amount of funding required for any particular project or challenge, but will consider making a contribution towards the costs.  The applicant is then expected to raise the balance of any funds required by other means, but, ideally, with an entrepreneurial spirit and personal effort.


Applications are invited each year, generally in October and March, and will be considered by the Fund’s Awards Committee in November and April.  Only one application per person per year is accepted and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications shortly after the Awards Committee has reached their decisions.


Any awards given will be subject to the applicant achieving or raising the balance of the amount of funds required to undertake the project or trip and verification of this will be requested before Awards cheques are issued.  Successful applicants will be invited to come and talk to the Club about their experience once it has taken place. 

 Applications for assistance may be made by email or by post.:

 Please use the link below to apply


  Postal applications should be sent to: 

Ken Townsend,

Delmede, North St,

Sutton Valence, Kent.

ME17 3HU

   Email applications should be sent to:


All applications should include a signature - for email, either a signed scanned completed application or digital pasting of signature image onto the application will suffice.

For further information please contact Ken on 07883 097811 or by email at mcmf@wealdofkentrotary.org.uk

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Our Club meets most Tuesdays at The Who'd a Thought It, Grafty Green, at 19:30 for 20:00.