Community groups in the district looking for vital funding are being encouraged to apply to Dover District Council’s popular Community Grants Scheme – which opens on Monday 16 May.

Building on the success of previous years’ schemes, the Council has increased the grant fund to £260,000 this year, to help local groups deliver their immensely important work in our local communities.

The grant has been split into two rounds for summer and winter, and includes £7,500 from the Dover District Lotto, (for every pound spent on the Lotto, 60p goes back into the local community). £130k will be available for both summer and winter grant rounds.

The scheme was given the go ahead by Cabinet at its meeting on 9 May. Community groups who benefit the local area can bid for grants from £100 up to £4,000.  Bids for the summer round will be accepted from 16 May until 12 noon on 20 June 2022.

Terms and conditions for the grants scheme can be found on the DDC website.

Cllr Oliver Richardson, DDC Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of our community and we are delighted to give the go ahead to DDC’s Community Grants Scheme for 2022/23.  As communities continue to face the rising cost of living, and look to the future following the effects of the pandemic, we’re very pleased once again to be able to increase funding to help more people. 

“We welcome the extra funding that the Dover District Lotto continues to bring to the scheme.  We hope that as many groups as possible apply and we welcome community groups contacting us to help them make their application as effectively as possible.” 

For more information, please phone the DDC communities team on 01304 872277 or email communitygrants@dover.gov.uk, or for more information or to apply online, please see www.dover.gov.uk/communitygrants

By Ed

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