Six local clubs and organizations have received funding in the latest round of the Kent County Council (KCC) Sporting Capital Grants scheme.

The scheme, administered by Active Kent & Medway on behalf of KCC, is helping to improve facilities and broaden sport participation in the county.

The following organizations have successfully received a grant:

  • Aylesford FC – £8,000 towards the cost of their community 3G installation.
  • Headcorn Cricket & Tennis Club – £2,000 for pitch improvements.
  • Larkfield & New Hythe FC – £5,000 for a clubhouse extension.
  • Margate Cricket Club – £600 for a new aiming screen.
  • Swanley City Council – £5,000 for a new cloakroom.
  • West Faversham Community Center – £2,000 towards the cost of new belays for their climbing wall.

Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, Kent County Council, said: “KCC is delighted to support these community organisations. The funding we provided helps leverage other funds to make these projects a reality.

John Michel, Chairman of Larkfield & New Hythe FC, added: “Many thanks to Kent County Council for awarding us one of their Capital Sports grants. The club needed it badly and it helps finance the extension of the clubhouse.

Kevin Richardson, Cricket Captain and Head Coach of Junior Cricket at Headcorn Cricket & Tennis Club, said: “Junior cricket has not been played at Headcorn CC for the past decade and our vision is to bring that back to the community with a longer term view of encouraging people of all ages to be more active and to take up cricket.

“The support provided by Kent County Council will allow us to increase and improve our gaming facilities to meet our current and future demand and help create a more attractive environment to encourage players and spectators to enjoy a club that has been at the center of the community. over the past 150 years.

The next deadline for the grant is October 31 and then February 28, 2023. For more information and application details, please follow the link below:

Active Kent & Medway – Kent County Council Capital Grants Scheme for Sport (sportsuite.co.uk)

You can also contact Voluntary Sector Development Officer Stuart Butler at stuart.bu[email protected]

Editor’s notes:

The Sport Capital Grant Program is intended for the following purposes:

  • Provision of facilities for the Kent community, including specialist facilities, training centers and centers of excellence and performance
  • Purchase of new community ‘fixed’ equipment. No personal equipment or “road” vehicles.
  • Improvements to existing buildings and sites or conversion of redundant buildings
  • Mobilize funds from other organizations in key programs in Kent and demonstrate partnership
  • Provision of specialized facilities or equipment for people with disabilities
  • Increase participation in sports activities.

Who can apply? Voluntary sports clubs, schools, governing bodies of sports and parish councils.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed at the end of February, May, August and October. All requests made before midnight on the last day of the above months will be assessed, and all subsequent requests will move to the next scheduled review period. The maximum amount of funding awarded is £10,000, although this is only reserved for county-wide projects of strategic importance. Applications are only accepted online.

Active Kent & Medway

Active Kent & Medway is one of 43 active partnerships in England. Our main funders are Sport England and Kent County Council, whose strategies guide our work and activities. Kent County Council also hosts the partnership in its offices, provides support services and is the employer of our team. We also work with and are financially supported by Medway Council and the county’s 12 district and borough councils. Our vision: More people, more active, more often. Our mission: To improve lives through sport and physical activity.

Website: www.activekent.org

Email: [email protected]

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