Serving the people of Kettering

Who We Are

The Kettering Charities for the Poor are a collection of charities providing help for local people. They are now administered by the Town Council on behalf of the Trustees.

The Town Council appoints four Trustees. These are

Cllr Lloyd Bunday

Cllr Maggie Don

Cllr Mark Rowley

Mrs Jenny Henson

The Rector of SS Peter and Paul Church in Kettering is an ex-officio member of one of the charities.

The Trustees can appoint up to three other persons to be trustees if they wish.

What we Do

The charities comprise three main elements:-

The William Martin Charity

a) The William Martin Charity exists to provide housing for elderly people without independent means. The charity owns a flat at The Lawns, Kettering, which is managed on its behalf by NNC Housing.

Kettering Charities (Apprenticing and Fuel Grants)

b) The Kettering Fuel Grants charity. This provides a grant to retired single people on a low income in Kettering and Barton Seagrave to help defray their fuel bills each year.

c) The Kettering Apprenticing Charity which provides grants to students and apprentices to meet unusual costs associated with their studies or to provide support and opportunities which are otherwise unavailable to individuals.

Kettering Church and Town Allotment Charity

d) This distributes money to the other two charities and to the parish church of SS Peter and Paul

Fuel Grants

Fuel grants are awarded each December to people over state retirement age (66+) who live alone, and in the parishes of Kettering and Barton Seagrave. Generally speaking, applicants should be on a low income - under £300 a week as a guide.

Last year (2020) the grants amounted to £45 per person. The Trustees decide what the amount is each year based on the charity's income and the number of applications received.

The closing date for applications is the second Thursday of December each year, and we aim to make payments by Christmas

Application forms are available from or by ringing 01536 697490 during office hours.

Last updated: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 16:23