During this period of restrictions on movement we are open to supporting community based initiatives that enable and encourage participation in activities that meet the current rules on movement and social distancing.

This could consist of a community group wanting to deliver a project online or perhaps an individual resident that wants to trial a new idea and launch it across the community online. As long as the project, event or initiative is equally accessible to all in the local community, we want to hear about it!

Some examples of this might be-

  • A sports, fitness or training class to do at home
  • Activities around growing, gardening, cooking and food
  • Music and entertainment- maybe a virtual quiz night?
  • A home based book/film club
  • Teaching people a new skill online
  • Virtual arts and crafts and other creative classes

Our small grant funds are still open for bids.

The Community Investment Fund is open to constituted local groups, not for profit social enterprises and registered charities for projects, events and initiatives which will make a valuable contribution to community cohesion in Ebbsfleet.

Find out more here- https://ebbsfleetdc.org.uk/ebbsfleet-development-corproations-community-investment-fund/

The Creative Ideas Fund is open to residents of Ebbsfleet Garden City, Swanscombe and Northfleet with an idea to start up a creative activity, project or group in the community.

Find out more here- https://ebbsfleetdc.org.uk/got-a-creative-idea-please-get-in-touch/

If you have ideas for engaging your community online and need support to do this, send us a description of your idea, how it would be delivered virtually and what support you need. We will then get in touch for more information. Email us at contactebbsfleetdc@ebbsfleetdc.org.uk

For those organisations who need resilience help, or for project funding to enable not-for-profit groups to help support local communities, please see the information below and follow this link to further information issued by Kent County Council on 20 March 2020 – https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/106166/Inside-Track-262-20-March-2020-COVID-19.pdf

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) – Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund will take applications for grants of up to £10,000 from charities with an annual income of £200,000 or less.

Colyer-Fergusson Trust – Investing in Communities

Charities facing a funding crisis due to Coronavirus are encouraged to apply to Colyer-Fergusson Trust through this programme under the ‘stabilising’ theme.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Coronavirus. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK.

Sport England – Community Emergency Fund

£20m fund specifically targeted at community sport and physical activity organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England.

Arts Council England

The Arts Council are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during the Coronavirus crisis.

Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

John Lewis Partnership (UK) Community Support Fund

The Community Support Fund is making £1million available to communities across the UK.