£165,000 cash boost for local organisations


A host of organisations from across the voluntary and charitable sector will receive a financial boost from Canterbury City Council.

On Wednesday 24 January, the council’s Community Committee accepted the recommendations of the cross-party Strategic Grants Panel which decided 12 organisations will get a share of a £150,000 pot of cash designed to help alleviate deprivation among local people and contribute to their health and wellbeing.

Those being awarded grants are:

  • £15,000 for SNAAP which provides services to improve the lives of children with disabilities across the district
  • £7,500 for the Over 60s Service based at the Northgate Ward Community Centre, which supports older people
  • £10,000 for the Canterbury Food Bank which distributes food to people suffering short term financial difficulties across the district
  • £10,000 for the Querns Community Centre which offers a range of services to people living nearby
  • £20,000 to Take Off to provide mental health services across the district
  • £20,000 for the Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre to support its youth service
  • £15,890 for Canterbury Age UK to support its arts and wellbeing project for older residents
  • £5,204 for East Kent Mencap for taster sessions designed to tackle isolation and build people’s confidence
  • £10,000 for Walk Tall which supports the mental health of young people from around the district
  • £18,000 for Rising Sun to support teenagers who are victims of domestic abuse
  • £14,485 for Red Zebra to help local people access the support they need before they reach crisis point
  • £3,921 for the Kent Autistic Trust to create a support group for women

A total of 43 organisations applied for a Strategic Grant and their applications added up to more than £760,000.

Chairman of Canterbury City Council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “More organisations than ever applied for a grant from from us and I am incredibly proud that we are as determined as ever to offer this sort of financial support when so many councils have had to pull the plug.

“The council currently provides £1.4m in support to the voluntary, cultural and sports sectors through a combination of grants, contracts, rent concessions and discretionary business rate relief.

“With a limited pot of money available there will always be difficult decisions to be made. But we will help those who have been unsuccessful to apply for funding from other pots of council cash, support them in formulating their business plans going forward and give them detailed feedback which should enable them to bid for cash from a range of other sources.”

The council has also awarded almost £15,000 as part of its Innovation Grants funding stream. This type of grant is designed to encourage voluntary and charitable organisations to try new things.

Those being awarded grants are:

  • £3,000 for Tankerton Football Club to create a team for severely deaf and hearing impaired children
  • £3,000 for Aca Theatre which will use the money to organise workshops to help schoolchildren address issues around their use of social media
  • £3,000 for the Wise Words festival organisers to build a ‘volunteer family’ made up of people from the social and cultural backgrounds they are trying to reach
  • £2,750 for the KM Charity Team to encourage greater engagement from homeless charity Porchlight’s users in its book club designed to help boost literacy
  • £2,998 for the Canterbury Citizens Advice Bureau to help people get ready for the introduction of the Universal Credit benefit

The annual Strategic Grants Fund will reopen again later in the year for 2019/20 grants and the Innovation Grant fund is open for bids now – find out more.

These grants are the first to be awarded following a comprehensive review of the needs of the district’s residents and the support the council had previously offered voluntary and charitable organisations.

Informed by a widely-consulted upon policy, the new support programme is built on the principles of transparency, fairness and resilience. This programme aims to develop and deliver more services and support to those that need it most.