Funding For Your Community in Folkestone & Hythe

21 May 2024

Community groups and projects across Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh are to benefit from a pot of £90,000 of council grant funding.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s member ward budget scheme gives each of its 30 councillors up to £3,000 to award to initiatives in the district.

Applications for 2024/25 are now being accepted.

Community groups and organisations in the district or those with a connection to the area, can apply for funding. These include:

  • Town and parish councils with a community tax of less than £21,000 a year
  • Community interest companies
  • Charitable incorporated organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Community and voluntary groups with a governing document
  • Other organisations working for the benefit of the local community

There are a few requirements for applying to the scheme – details can be found on the application page. You can also find out who your ward councillors are and their contact details, by visiting the council’s website

Prior to the agreement of this year’s council budget, it was proposed that the scheme total be reduced by £15,000 as one of a set of measures to eliminate the council's deficit.

Thankfully however, Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Leader Jim Martin of the Green Party and Deputy Leader Tim Prater of the Liberal Democrats opted to reduce their special responsibility allowance and use that money to top up the ward grant budget.

Larry Ngan and Lib Dem Campaigners on The Leas, Folkestone

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