Supporting Communities - DDC Gives More Than £230k in Community Grants


Community groups in the district have been given a winter boost of over £110k in the latest round of Dover District Council’s Community Grants scheme – meaning the scheme has allocated more than £230k to over 130 groups in the area this year. 

This week, the Appraisal Panel allocated over £110k to 66 groups in the winter round of the popular grants initiative. Earlier this year, DDC announced payments of over £120k to 70 groups in the summer round. 

The Community Grants scheme was set up to help local groups deliver their immensely important work in our local communities.  The grant funding is split into two rounds for summer and winter, and includes £7,500 from the Dover District Lotto. 

Community groups who are benefitting from the winter round of the initiative include: Leaps and Bounds Community Project in Deal (£3,166.67); Aylesham4Aylesham (£3,000); Dover Outreach Centre (£3,566.67); 18th Dover (Shepherdswell) Scout Group (£3,000); and the Sandwich Social Supermarket, (£1,766.67). 

Community groups that benefit the local area were invited to bid for community grants from £100 up to £4,000.  Bids for the winter round closed in September. 

Cllr Oliver Richardson, DDC Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of our community, and we are delighted to help so many local groups with our Community Grants.  As communities continue to face the rising cost of living, we were very pleased to be able to provide this funding to help more people. We also welcome the extra funding the Dover District Lotto continues to bring to the scheme.” 

For more information on DDC’s Community Grants scheme, please see the community pages on the DDC website. 


Notes to editors

Successful applicants for the DDC Community Grants winter round 2022: 

Deal & Walmer

Deal Community Carnival Association                            £2,525.00

Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown Amateur Rowing Club      £3,102.00

Leaps and Bounds Community Project                           £3,166.67

East Kent Acro Gymnastics Club                                       £2,111.30

Deal Victoria & Barns Close Cricket Club                        £1,533.33

Deal Salvation Army                                                           £1,303.33

Deal With It                                                                         £2,154.40

Royal British Legion Down Branch                                  £1,987.92

Disabled Friends and Family Association                       £1,320.00

Deal Town Rangers FC                                                       £2,691.67

Samphire                                                                             £2,848.27

Sandown School PTFA                                                      £1,760.00

Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Cricket Club                  £2,579.00


Dover North

Aylesham4Aylesham                                                        £3,000.00

St. John's Village Hall                                                       £660.00

Eythorne Elvington Primary School Friends Association £2,850.00

Aylesham Baptist Church                                                £587.50

Deal Festival of Music and Arts                                      £2,606.67

St Peter's Church                                                              £2,426.67

St Margaret's Parent, Baby & Toddler Group              £570.21

Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Group and Centre £619.82

Elvington Village Hall                                                      £577.42

Martha Trust                                                                    £521.50

Woodpecker Wood CIC                                                  £1,558.33

Bechange                                                                          £1,800.00


Dover Town

Dover Outreach Centre                                                 £3,566.67

Prospect Corner Community Allotment                     £360.53

Dover Bowling Club                                                       £1,120.00

Dover (354) RAF Air Cadets                                          £2,883.94

Dover Skate Park CIC                                                     £1,808.00

Dover Wombles                                                              £283.50

Dover Rugby Football Club                                           £2,241.47

DPAC                                                                                 £720.42

Riverside Centre                                                             £2,900.00

Cross-Links                                                                      £3,061.48

Tower Hamlets Forum                                                  £446.60

Dover Swap Shop                                                          £2,135.17

St Radigund’s Community Centre                              £2,372.23


Dover West

Dover Life Guard Club                                                   £2,340.00

18th Dover (Shepherdswell) Scout Group                 £3,000.00

Shepherdswell Cricket Club                                          £2,697.50

Kearsney Bowling Club                                                  £1,181.25

Shepherdswell And Coldred History Society             £399.00

Temple Ewell Church of England Primary School     £1,038.67

King George's Field, Temple Ewell                              £2,200.00

Capel Village Hall                                                           £741.15

Sibertswold PTA                                                             £2,124.00

Wootton and Denton Cricket Recreation Ground    £1,747.58

Hougham Village Hall Trust                                          £1,033.33

Denton Village Hall                                                        £1,050.00

St Peter and St Paul Church, Temple Ewell                £1,044.63

Whitfield Juniors Football Club                                    £1,591.63

Places Leisure, Dover District Leisure Centre            £123.50


Sandwich & Area

Sandwich Social Supermarket                                       £1,766.67

Eastry Events                                                                    £1,148.33

Ash Cricket Club                                                               £2,222.92

Sandwich Community Christmas Lights Committee  £2,533.33

Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival Committee                     £2,158.33

Sandwich In Bloom                                                          £1,166.67

Pavement Pounders CIC                                                 £490.00

Woodnesborough Community Project                        £2,000.00

Age Concern Sandwich Centre for the Retired           £745.50

Sandwich Salutes                                                             £1,377.00

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory                                    £680.00

Sheep Ahoy Animal Rescue                                           £878.00

Kent Association for the Blind                                       £433.31


66 applications totalling £110,673.32

Posted on 18 November 2022

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