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Football being played on the Kingsmead Field

Cash available for grass roots sport

Cash is being made available to increase participation in sport across the Canterbury district.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply to the city council for a slice of the authority’s Active Sports Grant which can be used to launch a sports initiative or buy equipment.

One-off grants of £500 to £1,500 are available to applications which meet the objectives of the council’s corporate plan.

These include promoting health, supporting communities and offering local people activities.

Cllr Neil Baker, the council’s communities chairman, said: “Encouraging people to lead a healthy and active lifestyle is a major part of our corporate plan and the Active Sports Grant really helps to support that.

“The funding is a great opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to push forward with new sporting initiatives that without the cash, they may not be able to do.

“We look forward to seeing the applications that deliver inspiring and challenging sporting activities to local people.”

Presently, Canterbury City Council supports local voluntary, cultural and sports organisations with £1.4 million a year via grants, rent concessions and development support.

To find out more or apply for a sports grant, log on to the grants page of the council’s website. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 4.

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