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New community fund tees off a sustainable legacy from The Open

The Open Green Grants

Community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations in Sandwich can apply for grants of up to £15,000 from a new Green Initiatives Grant Programme which aims to deliver a sustainable legacy from The Open. 

The Green Initiatives Grant Programme is part of the legacy investment into Sandwich for The 149th Open, which returns to Royal St George’s from 12-19 July 2020, and is the result of a collaboration between The R&A, Dover District Council, Sandwich Town Council and Kent County Council. 

The £52,500 fund is designed to support sustainability and climate change focused projects and initiatives which seek to enhance the local community and environment in Sandwich and deliver a long-lasting contribution to the town. 

Sandwich-based charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations can find out more about the grants at a launch and information event taking place at The Guildhall in Sandwich at 10am on Monday 2 March 2020. 

Councillor Nigel Collor, Dover District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for The 149th Open, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local groups to secure funding for projects that aim to maintain and enhance the environment in Sandwich for the benefit of the local community for years to come.” 

Philip Russell, The R&A’s Assistant Director – Sustainability, said: “We are delighted to be working with the local authorities to deliver the Green Initiatives Grant Programme in Sandwich. The project is part of our investment legacy to preserve and enhance the town and to ensure that we leave positive and lasting benefits for the local community as a result of staging The 149th Open.” 

The Green Initiatives Grant Programme opens for applications from Monday, 2 March 2020, and closes at midday on Friday 10 April 2020. To apply from 2 March, visit

Posted on 26 February 2020


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