FHDC Ward Grant Application

Grant Funding For Community Groups and Projects in Sandgate and West Folkestone

Community groups and projects across Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh are set 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 of grant funding to award to initiatives in the district. Applications for 2024/25 are now being accepted.

The district ward councillors for Sandgate and West Folkestone are Tim Prater and Gary Fuller, and you can find their contact details by visiting the district council’s website or the Parish Council Councillor Contact page.

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.

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 and Deputy Leader Tim Prater opted to reduce their special responsibility allowance and use that money to top up the ward grant budget.