Council urges voluntary, community, and social enterprise groups to join prosperity fund conference

Thanet council Photo Frank Leppard

Thanet council is urging ‘community champions’ to join a conference next month and learn about how to apply to its £300,000 Shared Prosperity Fund.

The conference for local voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) groups. will take place between 9.30am and 4pm on Wednesday 22 November, at St Augustine’s, 125 Canterbury Road, Westgate.

The Thanet Community Champions Conference will bring together representatives from VCSE groups across the district. It will introduce the new Community Champions Programme and the £300,000 Shared Prosperity Grant Fund.

Representatives of community groups are now invited to book their free spaces at the conference on the council’s website. Each organisation is invited to book places for up to two people. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

More information about the Shared Prosperity Grant Fund and how to apply will be shared on the day, along with findings of the recent survey of the VCSE sector in Thanet.

The conference will include speakers from charity Funding for All, Councillor Ruth Duckworth, council officers and project consultants. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and share information.

Thanet was awarded £1.15m under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which is part of the wider Levelling Up agenda and is intended to reduce inequalities between communities. The council plans to use the funding to tackle some of the challenges facing communities in the district, targeting support where it will have the biggest impact.

Cllr Ruth Duckworth, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth at Thanet District Council, said: ”Here in Thanet we are proud of our strong voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. It is made up of many people, who work extremely hard for the benefit of our residents. They achieve outstanding results in so many areas.

“The Community Champions Conference will help these groups to build on their strong foundations, and see how they fit into the bigger picture, working together for a common goal, providing a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate success across the sector.”

Find out more about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund on the council’s website.


  1. If the grant was £1.15 million, why are the community groups be asked to bid for a share of £300,000, is the rest going straight into the TDC coffers.

  2. On one side I think volunteers do a lot of good, however on the other side I think there are far many of them and they are taken advantage of by many organisations who make millions on the backs of volunteers.

  3. £1.15m sounds a lot, but Thanet’s problems principally housing and educational attainment is a £115m or possibly a £215m problem.
    Frankly, asking organisations to listen to a whole load of TDC speak and then receive £115 or maybe £1015 is not going to be very exciting.
    It is an interesting point as to where the remaining £850k is going.No doubt some pet scheme that TDC have underway, involving a piece of their dilapidated real estate, probably in Margate,it usually is.
    Catch penny schemes involving trifling sums of money do nothing for the problems of Thanet and often cause more trouble than their worth,if the usual suspects get their hands on the cash.
    I don’t know why so many fret about arts projects because these sorts of sums can only be useful to schemes where there is little capital expenditure involved.

Comments are closed.