Grants for Kent coalfield community groups

Betteshanger colliery
Image caption Betteshanger colliery closed in 1989

Community groups based in the former Kent coalfields are being invited to apply for funding.

The grants of between £500 and £5,000 are being made available through the Coalfields Regeneration Trust's Bridging The Gap fund.

Groups can apply for grants to help improve health, develop education and skills, and promote volunteering.

Peter McNestry from the trust said it was committed to improving the quality of life in the former Kent coalfields.

"We are striving to make our former coalfields sustainable, prosperous, viable and cohesive without support," he added.

"We are investing in them to become better places to live, work and play."

Successful projects will have to target the former coalfields wards of Aylesham, Barham Downs, Eastry, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, Little Stour and Ashstone, Middle Deal and Sholden, Mill Hill, North Deal and St Margaret's-at-Cliffe.

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