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Thousands of pounds of EU cash will help create a new community hub in Folkestone even if Brexit goes ahead

Contributed by editor on Oct 10, 2019 - 06:15 AM

 

Funds to help create a new community hub in Folkestone are now available – and organisations are being encouraged to bid for money.


 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer guaranteed to ensure that UK will continue to receive funding over a project’s lifetime if they successfully bid into EU-funded programmes before the end of 2020 even if we leave the EU.

 

The call for applications is the fourth phase of the Folkestone Community Works scheme – funded by the European Regional Development Fund – designed to help local people access jobs and support local businesses.

Projects which would provide a sustainable and integrated hub for businesses and residents in the central, east and harbour areas of Folkestone are now being sought.

This could include hosting business services, training sessions, CV writing and skills workshops, or a meeting room/hall for hire.

Priority will be given to projects/applications bringing empty buildings back into use, as well as those which can help businesses and residents in the area to realise their potential.

Cllr David Wimble, F&HDC Cabinet Member for the District Economy, said: “Folkestone Community Works has boosted employment, helped local businesses grow, and improve opportunities for local residents since it launched last year.

“It has allowed enterprises to expand and create jobs, and also supported those wanting to find work. Those who have already benefited from the scheme include Docker Fermentation Ltd, HOP Projects, and Lantern Laundrette.

“The establishment of community hubs will ensure the benefits of this scheme continue to be felt by these parts of Folkestone for years to come, and we’re excited to receive sustainable proposals from local organisations and businesses.”

The minimum grant is £50,000 plus £50,000 match-funding by the applicant. When the match-funding by grant applicants is included, the latest phase means up to £500,000 of investment for Folkestone.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 13 December, 2019. Support is available to those submitting bids for the funding.

For more information about how to apply, visit www.folkestonecommunityworks.com

 

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