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27th July 2015 - Press Release

Port of Dover Community Fund - first wave of local projects begin to benefit

An independent panel has selected the first projects that are to benefit from the Port of Dover Community Fund.

10 projects have been chosen, covering a wide range of important community themes, including youth support, crime prevention, health, maritime skills, the arts and sport.

Carol Lynch, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation, said: “Thanks to the Port of Dover’s significant commitment to the local community, I am thrilled to be in a position to make the initial payments to 10 excellent community projects.  This is the best part of our job – seeing such funds begin to make a real and lasting difference.”

The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover and Chair of the independent panel, said: “The independent panel was delighted to have received applications from such a good number of worthy causes.  It made the decision extremely difficult, but I believe those chosen this time will make a real difference to the local community.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, reacting to the announcement, said: “It is fantastic to see the first local projects benefitting from the Port of Dover Community Fund.  I very much look forward to seeing how the money will support these great projects and in turn support our community more widely.  This is another wonderful example of how the Port of Dover is working at the heart of its community.  Importantly, this is just the start, so I encourage those who were not successful this time and those who are yet to apply, to get ready for the next round.”

Two of the successful organisations and projects are:


  • Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC


Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC is a social enterprise working to teach local people who cannot afford to pay for lessons how to cook healthily using fresh ingredients.

The Port of Dover Community Fund will help unemployed Dover residents, half of which will be young people under the age of 25, gain the necessary skills to take forward catering as a career path as well as gain the personal health benefits of healthy cooking.

Stephanie Hayman, Founding Director at Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC, said: “The team at Cinque Ports Community Kitchen would like to say a huge thank you to the Port of Dover Community Fund. This grant means that more people will have the opportunity to transform their lives through healthy eating, practical cooking skills and accredited training. What’s great is that they can share what they learn with families and friends and encourage a culture of healthy eating – a great development for communities in Dover.”


  • Dover Music Festival


Dover Music Festival is a non-profit three-day event, providing music and fun for the local community in Dover.

The Port of Dover Community Fund is being used to help cover the costs of the event, including band fees, stage hire, lighting, sound and engineers.

Roger Marsden, Director of Dover Music Festival, said: “The contribution from the Port of Dover Community Fund has played a major part in the financial viability of the project. A consensus of people attending over the 3 days was one of amazement that such a fantastic and unprecedented event could have been organised in our town by a small group of committed local people, giving their time and resources freely. It looks as if we are well on our way to "putting our town back on the map!”

The Port of Dover will be hosting a community workshop later this year to be run by Kent Community Foundation in order to show why the first projects were successful and to give advice on how to complete an application for funding in time for the next call for projects.

Further beneficiaries of the Port of Dover Community Fund are to be announced in the coming weeks.

Notes to Editors


  • Further enquiries about the funding awards should be  made to Samantha Flood, Fund Development Manager, Kent Community Foundation - samantha@kentcf.org.uk / 01303 814 500.
  • For more information on the Port of Dover Community Fund, please visit - http://www.kentcf.org.uk/apply/funding-round/#PortofDover.
  • For more information on Kent Community Foundation, please visit - http://www.kentcf.org.uk/



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