Published: Tuesday, 23rd March 2021
Sevenoaks District Council will again be supporting local charity and voluntary groups by allocating £154,675 to help them continue their valuable work across the District.
The grants will support organisations that provide services to Sevenoaks District residents, particularly those in greatest need. The funding from this year’s grant scheme will be particularly welcome to the charity sector after an incredibly challenging year.
Funding totalling £51,135 will be made to 19 local groups who support volunteers, run community transport, help older people and people experiencing mental health problems and assist families across the District.
Amongst the organisations that will benefit from the grants are West Kent Mind, Imago and Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services.
This year, several new charities and groups have been granted funding including Baby Umbrella, an organisation providing online and face-to-face support to vulnerable families and new parents in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas. Another new organisation being awarded a grant is The Layberry Foundation, which provides mentoring for young people who have been in care.
A further £103,540 will be given to Citizens’ Advice across the District at Edenbridge and Westerham and North and West Kent (Sevenoaks and Swanley). In addition to this, both the Sevenoaks District Arts Council and the Sevenoaks District Sports Council will receive funding of £2,500 each.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for People and Places, Cllr Dyball says, “After an unprecedented year, I am really pleased we can offer much needed support to the incredibly valued voluntary and community sector across the Sevenoaks District. The last year has hit everyone hard, but charity and volunteer organisations have really struggled to stay afloat.”
Cllr Dyball adds, “Residents’ wellbeing is one of our top priorities and our grants allow these wonderful charities and groups to continue helping our most vulnerable residents.”
The Council’s Cabinet agreed the Community Grant funding at its meeting on Thursday 18 March 2020.
Below is a list of the organisations receiving funding:
The D’Vine Singers - £500
North West Kent Volunteer Centre - £4301
Eden Christian Trust - £1,750
Sevenoaks Counselling (District-wide) - £1,000
Imago - £3,500
Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge - £4,807
Sevenoaks PHAB - £500
Sevenoaks Volunteer Transport Group - £500
West Kent Mediation - £5,000
BRIDGES - £960
DAVSS - £5,000
Salus - £1,500
The Hygiene Bank - £2,267
Council for Voluntary Service North West Kent - £900
The Layberry Foundation - £2,000
West Kent Mind - £3,322
We Are Beams - £4,214
Baby Umbrella - £4,307
Sevenoaks Samaritans - £4,307
Parish of Fawkham and Hartley £500
Community Grants are one of the Council’s key decisions and are subject to a five-day call-in period by Sevenoaks District Council Members.