Community groups in the district are invited to apply to the winter round of Dover District Council’s Community Grants scheme from today – as DDC announces payments of over £120k to 70 groups in the area for the summer round.

Building on the success of previous years’ schemes, the Council has increased the grant fund to £260,000 this year, to help local groups deliver their immensely important work in our local communities.

The grant has been split into two rounds for summer and winter, and includes £7,500 from the Dover District Lotto, (for every pound spent on the Lotto, 60p goes back into the local community).

DDC launched the summer round of the popular scheme in May, and has announced payments of over £121,400 to 70 local groups across the district, (see notes).

Community groups who benefitted from the summer round of the scheme include: Supporting Youth in Deal District (£3,633.33); Aylesham People’s Cinema (£2,308.72); Dover Outreach Centre (£3,300); East Kent Railway Trust (£2,490); and The Sunflower Dementia Centre in Sandwich (£3,333.33). 

Community groups who benefit the local area can bid for community grants from £100 up to £4,000.  Bids for the winter round will be accepted from 22 August until 12 noon on 26 September 2022.

Terms and conditions for the grants scheme can be found on the DDC website.

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

“We hope that as many groups as possible apply for the winter round of funding, and we welcome community groups contacting us to help them make their application as effectively as possible.”

For more information, please phone the DDC communities team on  01304 872277 or email, or for more information or to apply online, please see

Successful applicants, as approved by the Appraisal Panel on 12/08/2022:

Deal & Walmer

Supporting Youth in Deal District                                                  £3,633.33

Deal & Walmer Allotment                                                               £1,010.00

Deal Betteshanger & Walmer Rugby Sports & Social Club     £719.20

Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust                                                    £3,300.00

Warden House PTFA                                                                      £2,420.83

Deal Radio                                                                                        £2,459.38

Deal Speaking Up Group                                                               £528.55

Kent Mining Museum                                                                     £2,940.00

Parish of Upper Deal and Great Mongeham                               £1,729.17

The History Project                                                                          £1,333.33

Deal Breastfeeding Support Group                                              £2,012.50

Walmer Parish Churches                                                               £345.83

Deal Bowling and Social Club                                                       £987.93

Give It a Go Bingo                                                                           £2,142.00

Walmer Cricket Club                                                                       £1,170.00

Royal Marines Association Club                                                   £1,140.00

Mill Hill Community Forum                                                             £953.33

Betteshanger Sports and Social Club                                          £257.50

Dover North

St Margaret’s Cosmopolitan Cricket Club                                    £3,000.00

St Margaret’s Players                                                                      £784.30

Dover Roadrunners AC Juniors                                                    £2,264.67

Woodpecker Wood CIC                                                                  £2,966.67

St Martin of Tours Church                                                              £1,333.33

Aylesham Carnival Association                                                     £2,585.00

Sibertswold Primary School PTA                                                  £2,700.00

Aylesham People’s Cinema                                                           £2,308.72

Sutton Parish Community Centre                                                 £1,300.50

Elvington Village Hall                                                                      £1,309.33

Aylesham Hub Ltd                                                                           £1,579.34

St Margaret’s Nursery                                                                     £848.93

Dover Town

Prospect Corner Community Allotment                                        £311.60

Dover Outreach Centre                                                                   £3,300.00

Cross-Links                                                                                       £2,845.25

Dover Wombles                                                                                £1,497.39

Bright Shadow                                                                                  £3,253.60

Dover Street Pastors Initiative                                                       £2,916.67

St Mary’s Parish Centre                                                                  £2,966.67

Little Steps Major Movements                                                       £1,987.88

Dover Schools Football Association                                             £899.17

The Riverside Centre                                                                      £2,000.00

Dover Smart Project                                                                        £1,583.33

Home-Start Dover District                                                              £338.45

Dover West

1st Shepherdswell Brownies                                                         £600.00

East Kent Railway Trust                                                                 £2,490.00

Roads to Freedom                                                                           £3,256.92

Coldred Village Forum                                                                    £614.42

Dover Rangers FC                                                                           £2,900.00

Temple Ewell Church of England Primary School                     £2,618.19

Wootton and Denton Cricket Recreation Ground                       £2,400.00

Shepherdswell Cricket Club                                                          £410.00

Shepherdswell with Coldred Community Land Trust                 £1,954.17

Hougham Village Hall Trust CIO                                                   £1,739.83

Support After Murder and Manslaughter                                     £1,533.33

Kent Enterprise Trust                                                                      £1,782.17

The Bloomers Trust                                                                         £1,666.67

Kent Coast Volunteering                                                                £818.42

Faversham Counselling Services                                                 £1,101.88

Sandwich & Area

1st Ash Next Sandwich Guides/Rangers                                    £525.84

The Sunflower Dementia Centre                                                   £3,333.33

9th Deal (Ash) Scout Group                                                           £2,409.57

Seesaw Preschool                                                                           £237.60

The East Kent Cancer Cafe and drop-in centre                         £1,070.00

St Clement’s PCC                                                                            £392.56

Woodnesborough Community Project                                         £2,480.00

Wingham Football Club                                                                  £1,003.33

Eastry Short Mat Bowls Club                                                         £1,215.00

Wingham Recreation Ground                                                        £3,000.00

Age Concern Sandwich Centre for the Retired                          £1,940.83

The USN P22 Trust                                                                         £1,175.33

Sheep Ahoy Animal Rescue                                                          £806.89

70 applications totalling £121,439.96

By Ed

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