The Trust’s main purpose is to provide crossings of the River Medway such as the three bridges it owns at Rochester. The trustees (also known as the Wardens and Assistants of Rochester Bridge) make funds available for grants only when the Trust is able to identify that it will have surplus funds in the long term after providing for its main purpose.

Three new grant programmes are open to receive applications. These are the Fast-Track Grants, the Bridge Wardens’ Grants and the River Medway Grants. This year the Trust has around £100,000 to distribute. Current programmes are open for applications for grants of £200 to £25,000.

The Trust also awards scholarships under two schemes, aligned with its educational work within civil engineering and agriculture.

  • Under a partnership with the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme, the Trust is pleased to sponsor scholars to provide financial and practical support for exceptional young people who intend to study civil engineering at university. For more information about Rochester Bridge Trust Arkwright Engineering Scholarships please go to the scholarships page.

  • In recognition of the accomplishments and significant contribution made by former Rochester Bridge Trust Senior Warden, John Spence, the Trust is pleased to award the Spence Agricultural scholarship to exceptional candidates studying an undergraduate degree in agriculture, at the University of Nottingham. For more information about Spence Agriculture Scholarships please go to the scholarships page.

What is the Trust looking for?

The Trust is seeking to fund well-planned projects from sound and well-governed organisations. Applicants need to show strong evidence of local need and a good understanding of the outcomes which are expected from the project and the risks involved in successful delivery. There must be a lasting legacy from the project.

Priority will be given to projects which can demonstrate a clear connection to the Trust’s history or its current work.