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Community grants scheme to continue

The Council’s community grants scheme will give a boost to local groups.

We announced on Monday 28 January 2019 that the community grants scheme is to continue, with funding of £198,000 a year, guaranteed for three years from 2019/20, being distributed to the community and cultural sector.

Grants of between £500 and £125,000, will be available to existing recipients of community grants who will be invited to apply for these additional funds

The lifeline for the groups was confirmed by Cabinet Member, Councillor Jane March who said: ‘It’s a pleasure to be able to share good news and tell the organisations that we can continue to support them for a further three years. They play an important role in the borough, supporting the community and the knowledge they will have this continued funding will help them plan for the future.’

Grant funding for the organisations had been due to end in April 2019 because of the reduction in Government funding to the Council.

The Community Grants programme supports a few key voluntary and community organisations that provide services that align most closely with the Council’s corporate priorities and other key strategies. Many of these organisations provide services which the Council might otherwise wish to deliver.

You can read the full report about the grants programme here.

Organisations receiving community grants are:

Citizens Advice Bureaux £135,000 £125,000 £125,000 £125,000
Trinity Theatre £40,000 £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
IMAGO Community (VAWK) £20,000 £10,000 £10,000 £10,000
Shop mobility £12,000 £10,000 £9,000 £8,000
Number One Community Centre £9,000 £8,000 £8,000 £8,000
Paddock Wood CAC £6,000 £5,250 £5,250 £5,250
West Kent Mediation £2,500 £2,500 £2,500 £2,500
Civic Society £1,500 £500 £500 £500
Relate West & Mid Kent £750 £750 £750 £750
Member Grants £2,000 £0 £0 £0
Sounds of the Wells £7,500 £5,000 £5,000 £5,000

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