Covid-19 Community Grants Awarded as Fundraising Appeal Boosts Voluntary Support Effort

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Five local voluntary projects supporting the most vulnerable residents through the coronavirus national emergency have received grants totalling £8,083. 

The grants were awarded from the Covid-19 Community Fund launched by Dover District Council to help sustain the voluntary support effort. 

The Covid-19 Community Fund was kick-started with £50,000 from Dover District Council. It has since been boosted with corporate donations totalling £15,750 from local and national companies, including Barratt Homes, DDS Demolition, Steve Manion Effective Training Ltd, Megger, Pentland Homes, Persimmon Homes, and Quinn Estates. 

Members of the public can also now donate to the Fund online.  Generous donations from the public have already swelled the Fund by over £1,400.

Councillors approved the following projects on 23 April, which is the second tranche since the District Council’s Covid 19 Grants Scheme was launched on 7 April.  The first tranche of grants were awared on 17 April.


Covid-19 Community Grant Recipients
Age Concern Sandwich £2,075 for continuation of services, including 'meals-on-wheels'
Aylesham4Aylesham £445 to cover fuel costs for deliveries of medicine and food
Aylesham Primary School/PTFA £1,500 for respite care and support for families during Covid-19
Deal Radio CIC £1,563 to expand service to keep people connected during the lockdown
Together4Dover £2,500 for supporting the vulnerable with access to essential items 


Cllr MJ Holloway, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for community services, said: “With the lockdown continuing for a further three weeks helping to sustain the voluntary support effort is more important than ever.

“These projects are providing help on the ground to the most vulnerable people in the local community.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fund, including corporate donors and members of the public who have been incredibly generous.”

Posted on 24 April 2020

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