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Winter community grants totalling £120,000 for 101 groups from Dover District Council


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A council has given £120,000 to 101 groups in the latest round of its Community Grants Scheme.

They received sums from £100 up to £2,000 from Dover District Council.

Council leader Trevor Bartlett, and deputy leader, Oliver Richardson with community officer Marvin Fishley, present a cheque to David Rance, chairman of Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Choir. Picture: Dover District Council
Council leader Trevor Bartlett, and deputy leader, Oliver Richardson with community officer Marvin Fishley, present a cheque to David Rance, chairman of Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Choir. Picture: Dover District Council

This money has been made available to help maintain and develop projects and activities that support the local communities.

Projects benefiting from the Winter Community Grants Scheme include:

Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir, which got £1,170 towards their Men United in Song charity project in addition to an £882.50 summer grant.

Deal Maritime & Local History Museum, which received £1,187.09 towards the purchase of IT equipment for visitors to use and archive local history collections.

Elvington Community Centre was awarded £1,900 to support a community lunch group called Let’s Eat.

The homelessness charity Emmaus was one of the beneficiaries for this winter's grants. Archive picture: Paul Amos
The homelessness charity Emmaus was one of the beneficiaries for this winter's grants. Archive picture: Paul Amos

Emmaus Dover Ltd was given £1,462.50 to support tone to one counselling sessions for those who have previously been homeless.

Blossoms of Hope, gained £1,800.00 to support their Sow, Grow, Cook and Eat community project in Dover.

Sandwich Community Lights Committee received £1,700.00 towards the Sandwich Community Christmas Lights Parade and Switch On.

David Rance, chairman of the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir, said: "In the Men United In Song project next year we'll bring together a group of novice singers, introduce them to the delights of singing - including a gala concert - and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.”

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, leader of DDC, said: “This year’s scheme is the biggest one to date, and has played a particularly important role as we slowly recover from the pandemic.

"Our local groups and voluntary organisations are the backbone of our community and this funding will truly help them deliver projects that benefit those that need it most."

The Summer and Winter rounds of the DDC Communuty Grants combined have seen a total of £198,946.30 being allocated to 184 applicants in 2021.

All 101 organisations benefiting from the Winter Grants are listed here.

For more information on grants and funding from DDC, visit dover.gov.uk/communitygrants email: communitygrants@dover.gov.uk or call 01304 872277.

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