Grants for community organisations

Forum opportunities fund

Forums award one-off grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for community projects that help make the area a better place to live.

Each area of our district has a panel of local councillors called a Forum. Applications for the opportunities fund are taken to the relevant Forum meeting for a decision.

Apply for the Forum fund

When to apply

The dates below show when you need to apply by to have your proposal considered at the next meeting. We strongly recommend that you speak at the meeting to support your application.


Canterbury Forum will consider applications twice a year (November and March) with time sensitive applications permitted at any time.

Application closing date Meeting date
12 December 2018 14 January 2019
6 February 2019 4 March 2019

Herne Bay

Herne Bay Forum will commission local residents and community groups for potential projects to fund, rather than just applications received. 

If you have a project then contact a local councillor for them to consider taking it forward. Otherwise, community group applications will be considered each March, with a closing date of 14 February 2019.

Any resources not allocated to councillor commissioned projects will be carried forward to the meeting in March 2019 to consider applications from community groups.

Application closing date Meeting date
14 February 2019 12 March 2019


Whitstable Forum will consider applications from community groups at all of their meetings.

Application closing date Meeting date
6 December 2018 9 January 2019
8 February 2019 11 March 2019


Rural Forum agreed to set aside one third (£3,333) of the fund to be used for councillor commissioned projects that affect rural areas.

The remaining two thirds (£6,666) of the fund is open for applications from the public and community groups.

If any money is left over from councillor commissioned projects, then this will be added to the amount allocated for public applications.

Application closing date Meeting date
17 December 2018 21 January 2019
14 February 2019 11 March 2019