Local community projects have benefited by £50,000 from a special fund set up by the corporation behind Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation set up the  Community Investment Fund to support local groups who wanted to set up new or expand existing community activities  in and around the Garden City.

The aim is to help local groups to run activities that will  make a valuable community contribution in the area.

The fund is open to bids from constituted local groups, registered charities and not for profit social enterprises.

So far some of the groups that have benefited include:

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. Support from the fund also helped Reverend Marsh purchase new running equipment for her Sunday Active Club in Castle Hill.

New boat for sea scouts  Cambria Sea Scouts to promote 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.

Football training sessions in Castle Hill Dartford Football Club’s Community Project was funded to deliver football training sessions on Castle Hill. 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.

If  you are a group or individual and  have an idea that would contribute to community life in Ebbsfleet then you can get in touch with the corporation on contactebbsfleetdc@ebbsfleetdc.org.uk for further details.