What the Trust funds

For the Fast-Track and Bridge Wardens’ Grants schemes the Trust has three grant priorities which reflect the history, values, activities and objectives of the Trust:


  • Civil engineering
    • Promotion of education, awareness and study of civil engineering and related disciplines; and
    • Education, research and conservation of artefacts in the field of construction (particularly related to bridges).
  • Heritage structures
    • conservation of the historic fabric (including churches and other religious buildings) with an emphasis on features of historical importance.
  • History and agriculture
    • education, research and conservation of artefacts relating to the history of the area covered by the ancient county of Kent; Hassocks, West Sussex; Springthorpe, Somerby and Corringham in Lincolnshire; or Holme and Conington, Cambridgeshire; and
    • education and research relating to agriculture in the areas above.

The Trust also makes grants available from its River Medway Fund for the following grant priorities:


  • to educate the public and increase awareness of the contribution of the River Medway and its crossings to the history and modern life of the settlements it serves;
  • to research and improve understanding of the history of the River Medway, its industries, its settlements and its crossings;
  • to preserve or improve the natural environment of the River Medway;
  • to support the provision of education and training for those who work on the River Medway;
  • to preserve or improve access to use and enjoy the River Medway;
  • to make active and appropriate use of the River Medway; and
  • to preserve, conserve, restore or improve structures or artefacts with a historical association with the River Medway; or which are inspired by the River Medway.

With the exception of research and engineering education projects, grants will be made only for capital works; or for the purchase of materials and resources; or for publication costs. Applications for equipment and materials to support learning in engineering and science are particularly welcome.

The grant sought from the Trust should represent approximately 20% to 75% of the total cost of a project.

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