Grants Provide Financial Lifeline to Local Community and Voluntary Projects

Covid19 Community Fund open

As the country prepares for at least three more weeks in lockdown, eight community and voluntary projects helping support vulnerable people through the coronavirus outbreak have received £14,905 from Dover District Council.  

The projects are the first recipients of the Covid-19 Community Fund, launched to help sustain the response of the local community and voluntary sector.  Dover District Council kick-started the Fund with £50,000 which has been bolstered with corporate donations of £10,000, including contributions from Megger and Quinn Estates.


Covid-19 Community Fund grants recipients
 Age Concern Deal  £2,500
 Bechange  £2,500
 Dover Foodbank  £2,500
 Oasis Domestic Abuse Service  £2,500
 Deal Area Foodbank  £2,000
 Age Concern Dover  £1,250
 Dover smART Project  £1,180
 Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC  £475


Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “The community and voluntary sector has responded magnificently by expanding and creating new services in response to the challenge of coronavirus.  

“These grants will help sustain these lifeline services to some of the most vulnerable people in the community, from providing regular hot meals, delivering essential medicines, or befriending services that provide much-needed social contact. 

“With the lockdown extended for at least three more weeks, we’d encourage other local projects to apply for funding.” 

Local community and voluntary groups can apply for grants from £250 to £2,500 with a simple online application, and a quick decision process.

Posted on 17 April 2020