Local community groups looking for vital funding are encouraged to apply to Dover District Council’s Community Grants Scheme.
Building on the success of previous years’ schemes, the Council has increased the Annual Community Grants Fund to £130,000 this year to help local community groups deliver projects in a Covid-safe way.
The grant has been split into two rounds for the summer and winter, and includes £7.5k from the Dover District Lotto (for every pound spent on the Lotto, 60p goes back into the local community). £65,000 is now available for the summer round.
Community groups who benefit the local area can bid for grants from £100 up to £2,000. Bids will be accepted from Monday 12 April 2021 until 12 noon on Monday 24 May 2021 and successful applicants will be notified in early July.
As we follow the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, DDC recognises the immensely important role that local groups have played, and will continue to play, as the district slowly recovers.
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The scheme encourages and supports community-led activities that result in a direct community benefit for Dover District residents. Terms and conditions for the grant scheme can be found here
Brin Hill, Head of Community and Digital Services, said: “As we embark on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, our community will be looking forward to safely and slowly getting back to the clubs and activities they enjoy. Local groups play an invaluable role in offering our residents somewhere to go to meet friends, learn new skills and enhance their wellbeing and happiness.
“This money will enable our community organisations to get up and running again, buying much needed resources and adapting where necessary in response to covid-19 guidance. We have seen an increased number of quality bids year on year which demonstrates the grant scheme’s success and the impact it has had across the district.
“We welcome the extra funding that the Dover Lotto continues to bring our communities. We hope as many groups as possible apply and welcome community groups contacting us about the scheme before they make their application so that they can submit an effective bid.”
Community groups and charities can apply for a community grant online on the DDC website www.dover.gov.uk/Community
For more information, please call: 01304 872277 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All grants will be awarded through the framework of the Dover District Council Community Grant Scheme. The grant funds are allocated across five areas (Sandwich & Area, Deal and Walmer, Dover North, Dover Town and Dover West).
Every application will also be allocated to one of these five areas, depending on the project location.
Applications are welcomed from community organisations and groups who are based within the Dover District, or who are seeking a grant to support activities that will benefit a community within the Dover District. This includes:
• Registered Charities
• Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO)
• Community Interest Companies (CIC)
• Social Enterprises
• Constituted Voluntary/Community groups
• Constituted Sports Clubs/groups (with club mark)
• Constituted Youth Clubs/groups
• Constituted School related groups e.g. PFTA
• Constituted Church/Faith groups
The Winter Community Grants Scheme will launch on 26 July 2021 and close on 6 September 2021