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1st April 2020 - Press Release

Port of Dover donates £40,000 to the Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Port of Dover has allocated £40,000 to support local charities in Dover that are caring for those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The funds are available to apply for now via the Coronavirus Emergency Fund, part of the Kent Community Foundation.

Doug Bannister, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover said:

“As we navigate through these unprecedented and challenging times, it is vital that we work together as one community and continue to provide support to those in need.

The Port of Dover has therefore immediately released £40,000 from our Community Fund into the Coronavirus Emergency Fund for the Dover area. These funds will provide local charities with additional financial support as they work tirelessly to care for our community.”

The Port encourages all local organisations in Dover that are supporting those affected by Coronavirus to apply for a grant through the Fund. This could include charities looking after vulnerable people, plus those providing important social support to members of the community. Funding will be released soon after a successful application.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said:

“Kent Community Foundation is overwhelmed by the response from our Fund holders and supporters to the new KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund. The Port of Dover has very generously donated £40,000, specifically for organisations within the Dover area supporting the elderly and vulnerable. If you would like to apply or make a donation to the fund please visit www.kentcf.org.uk


Notes to Editors

The Port of Dover Community Fund has been established to benefit the Dover community and is focused on supporting projects and activities in the following areas:


  • Skills & Jobs - projects that provide opportunities to develop skills, support people on the pathway into employment and assist job creation, with a particular focus on young people.
  • Community - activities that enrich the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities, enhancing Dover as an attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit.


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