Grants for community organisations

Our RISE grants programme

Our RISE (Resilient, Informed, Sustainable, and Engaged) grants programme is designed to support not-for-profit organisations in making positive improvements to our local communities.

Before making an application you should read our commissioning and support policy documents, which explain our aims and how the RISE programme will be used to meet those aims.

Innovation grants

These grants are aimed at not for profit organisations who will deliver innovative projects against our corporate priorities.

The maximum award is £3,000. 

Applications for 2022 to 2023 are closed.

Strategic grants

The strategic grants fund is aimed at organisations that are already achieving good outcomes for the local community, and want to take their work to the next level.

This includes: 

  • projects that have outcomes that are aligned with our strategic grant priorities
  • core funding for organisations whose strategic aims closely align with our strategic grant priorities

You can apply for a grant between £500 and £4,000 or £4,000 and £10,000. This is a pilot project for a new approach to these grants, and we plan to introduce it fully next year (2023 to 2024) with two funding rounds.

Before you apply for a grant please make sure you read the strategic grant guidance notes

The application form doesn't save your answers as you go so make sure you have the information you need before you start.

Apply for a strategic grant

If you need a paper copy of the application form you can contact the commissioning team.

You must apply by 5pm on Friday 28 October. 

Sector recovery grants

Sector recovery grants are aimed at supporting not-for-profit organisations working in the voluntary, cultural, and sports sectors in the Canterbury district to recover and rebuild following the disruption of COVID-19.

If you're an individual, a sole trader, or an organisation run for profit, you can still apply but you will need to show evidence of how your project benefits the community.

This fund replaces the improvement grant programme for 2021 to 22.

The maximum award is £4,000.

Applications are closed at the moment.

Events concessions

Events concessions are aimed at not-for-profit organisations to support them in running events throughout the year. Applications may include support to cover costs such as:

  • Administration fees
  • Road closures in Canterbury district
  • Site fees
  • Cleaning and toilet costs (provided by Canterbury City Council contractors

Applications for 2022 to 2023 are closed.

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