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.

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

The maximum award is £20,000.

Applications for 2022 to 2023 are now closed.

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 for the second round are now open. The deadline to apply is midday on Monday 22 November 2021.

Please make sure you've read the sector recovery guidance notes before starting your application.

Apply for a sector recovery grant

You should send your completed application to

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)

To support the economic recovery of our city and town centres, applications from commercial event providers will also be considered this year.

Applications closed at 12pm (midday) on 2 August 2021. Applications will open again later in the year.

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