Ebbsfleet Community Investment Fund

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has set up a fund to help local groups to expand in the Garden City and to deliver events, projects and initiatives that are going to generate a sense of community spirit in our local area.

The Community Investment Fund is open to registered charities / constituted local groups and not for profit social enterprises.

Projects must be delivered within one or more of the new Ebbsfleet Garden City development sites and/or the surrounding neighbourhoods, including: Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet Green, Springhead Park, Cable Wharf, Ebbsfleet Cross, Ashmere, Swanscombe, Stone, Greenhithe and Northfleet.  Projects should be widely promoted across these areas, and you must demonstrate how the project benefits Garden City residents as well as residents in the neighbouring areas.  Bidding organisations must be based in either Dartford or Gravesham Boroughs.

Please read our guidance notes before then completing our application form 

To find out more email here

So far the fund has helped:

Conversation Café

Our latest Community Investment Fund has been agreed with CAS Community Solutions CIC based at the Old Fire Station in Swanscombe, DA10 0HF.

Starting on Tuesday 19th April 2022, the Conservation Café is a drop-in weekly session from 10am – 12.30pm to help local residents gain confidence in their English.

Open to residents of the Garden City, Swanscombe and Northfleet particularly, who have English as a second language, the Conversation Café is a friendly, informal way to improve English skills:

  • Help your children at school
  • build your confidence
  • talk about different cultures
  • play a part in community life
  • get into employment, training or education and
  • meet new friends

The Conversation Café is free to attend with funding from Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and residents can attend just 1 or all the sessions.

Further details: info@cas-community.org or 01322 389144

Coffee morning and get active club in Castle Hill

The Community Investment fund has supported Reverend Penny Marsh who hosts the Castle Hill coffee morning every Friday morning at Castle Hill community centre from 10.45am- midday; bringing residents together. Support from the fund helped Reverend Marsh to purchase soft play equipment which is well used by the younger participants. Reverend Marsh also delivered the 2019 Castle Hill Easter Egg hunt with funding. The fund has also supported Reverend Marsh with her Sunday Active programme which encourages residents to get active every Sunday morning. Reverend Marsh has purchased new running equipment using the funding and it is great to see the project going from strength to strength. Search for ‘Sunday Active – Ebbsfleet’ on Facebook to find out more.

New boat for sea scouts

The Community Investment fund has supported the Cambria Sea Scouts to promote their 2019 Regatta which was held on 6 July. The Sea Scouts also used the funding to purchase a new vessel, named Worcester (after the training ship TS Worcester that used to be moored at Greenhithe) which was out on show on the day. The Sea Scouts welcome everyone along so if you would like to get out on the water take a look at cambriaseascouts.org

Young person’s initiative

The Community fund has supported The Grand Healthy Living Centre in Gravesend to extend their immensely successful ‘Gifted Young Generation’ project to Northfleet. With support from the fund, The Grand has engaged young people in the community in Northfleet to see what types of activities they want to do and this in turn has led to a number of projects being delivered around performing arts, confidence, creativity and building positive relationships. To get involved visit giftedyounggeneration.co.uk

Easter holiday football training sessions in Castle Hill

Dartford Football Club’s Community Project was funded to deliver football training sessions on Castle Hill during the Easter holidays 2019. The sessions were really successful with over 40 children attending to get active and play some football with qualified coaches.

Instruments for young musicians

Knights Academy of Performing Arts received funding from the Community Investment Fund to purchase new instruments for their young musicians. These young people performed at our Freshtival event at Ebbsfleet Academy in February and will be at more local events this Summer. To get involved with the band visit knightsacademy.org.uk

Easter 2019, Castle Hill Easter Egg Hunt

At Easter time 2019 the Community Investment Fund supported a local church in Ebbsfleet, The South East Baptist Association, to host an Easter Egg Hunt. The funding was used to create good quality publicity, to buy eggs to hide around the development and of course, hundreds of chocolate eggs, and craft materials for use on the day. Over 120 local children and young people took part in the hunt with over 250 people attending the event on the day; mostly coming from Castle Hill and Ebbsfleet Green areas. We’re looking forward to the next hunt in 2021! local community were invited to attend.

Family fun day

In 2019 the Community Investment Fund supported the Ingress Park Family Fun day, held at the Ingress Park development in Greenhithe. As part of the funding that was awarded, the event was promoted through a leaflet drop in new Garden City developments such as Castle Hill and Ebbsfleet Green. The theme for the event was a ‘Journey into space’, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings in 1969. The event is attended by over 100 thousand people each year and is a great opportunity for the community to come together. We look forward to the next event in 2021.

Kent Telugu Community

A year ago the CIF supported the local Kent Telugu Community to hold a Diwali celebration and meal at Ebbsfleet Academy. Well over 100 people attended the event to mark Diwali with food, dancing, music and entertainment all on offer. The event was a great success and really helped to develop a sense of community spirit and cohesion; celebrations also took place in Castle Hill (pictured left).