£65,000 in community group grants still available

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 12:41 PM


Community and voluntary groups in the area are being invited to apply for grants for an important cash boost from a special funding initiative - which has already allocated funds of more than £ 100,000 to over 40 local groups since April this year.

The Community Chest is run by the Single Regeneration Budget Team at Dover District Council to help groups in the East Kent Coalfield area. Already this year, 42 different groups have been granted money to help with the costs of equipment, events, trips, publicity and training. Community and voluntary groups such as youth clubs, lunch clubs, sports clubs, scouts and guides are all eligible to apply.

Wendy Scullion of Shepherdswell Village Hall Committee said: "Applying for the grant was really straightforward. The paperwork was simple and we found out that we'd been successful within 4 weeks of applying. We spent our grant o­n a new floor for our hall."

Joyce Rogers of Deal Minnows Junior Angling Club agrees: "The application process was easy. We had help and support whenever we needed it and with our grant we were able to buy lots of new equipment for our club."

Chairman of the Appraisal Panel, Mike Blee explained that there is plenty of money still available. He said: "We have £ 65,000 to allocate before March 2005 and we are eager to hear from any voluntary or community group that has a good idea for a small project that we could help fund."

For more details please contact Kirsty Holroyd at the SRB Team at Dover District Council o­n 01304 872066.