Saturday, 19 September 2020.

Two Aylesham projects benefit in second tranche of community funding

27 April, 2020

Two voluntary projects in Aylesham supporting vulnerable residents through the coronavirus national emergency are among the latest to receive grants in the district.

Aylesham4Aylesham has been awarded £445 to cover fuel costs for deliveries of medicine and food while Aylesham Primary School & PTFA receives £1,500 for respite care and support for families during Covid-19.

The grants were awarded from the Covid-19 Community Fund launched by Dover District Council to help sustain the voluntary support effort.

The Covid-19 Community Fund was kick-started with £50,000 from the council. It has since been boosted with corporate donations totalling £15,750 from local and national companies, including Barratt Homes, DDS Demolition, Effective Training, Megger, Pentland Homes, Persimmon Homes, and Quinn Estates.

Members of the public can also now donate to the fund online. Generous donations from the public have already swelled the fund by over £1,400.

This was the second tranche of funding to be approved by district councillors since the council’s Covid 19 Grants Scheme was launched on 7 April. The first tranche of grants was awarded on 17 April.

Cllr MJ Holloway, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for community services, said: “With the lockdown continuing for a further three weeks, helping to sustain the voluntary support effort is more important than ever.

“These projects are providing help on the ground to the most vulnerable people in the local community.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fund, including corporate donors and members of the public who have been incredibly generous.”

If you belong to a community group which might be eligible for community funding during the coronavirus emergency, please visit www.dover.gov.uk/Community/Dover-District-Council-COVID-19-Community-Fund.aspx