What is Folkestone Community Works delivery?

What is Folkestone Community Works delivery?

To improve social and economic cohesion

Folkestone Community Works aims to improve social and economic community cohesion in the wards of East Folkestone, Central Folkestone, Folkestone Harbour and part of Broadmead.

The programme wants to encourage businesses, organisations, charities and voluntary groups, to put forward and deliver projects that boost employment, help local businesses grow and improve opportunities for local residents.

Folkestone Community Works

Folkestone & Hythe District Council successfully secured £2.49 million of European funding for a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme, which they have called Folkestone Community Works.

Match funding means there is a total of £4.9 million to invest in Folkestone’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The programme runs until 2023 with all project activities complete by the 31 March 2023.

This will be done by supporting projects that:

  • Help residents to access jobs
  • Support local businesses and start-ups to grow
  • Bring new job opportunities

Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG)

The programme is overseen by the Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG), made up of representatives of local private, voluntary and community, and public sectors.

The LAG is made up of local businesses and community leaders and looks at all projects put forward and recommends those that should be funded. The LAG led on the development of the Folkestone CLLD Strategy which is being delivered by the Folkestone Community Works programme.

For a list of Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG) Members, please see LAG members 2021

The Terms of Reference for the LAG Folkestone CLLD Local Action Group TOR_v3_0421

Folkestone Community Works aims

Folkestone Community Works aims to close the gap between the least and most well off neighbourhoods ensuring all communities can benefit from the existing and new opportunities that are emerging as a result of significant investment in the local economy. It will support:

Residents

  • Unemployed people with their journey, either by finding a job or assisting them to start looking, regardless of disability, ethnicity or age
  • Unemployed people to enter education or training who were not previously engaged
  • To explore whether ideas and hobbies could be turned into a business

Businesses

  • Help growth through SME business grants and free business support
  • Refurbish at least 400 sq m of public/commercial building

 

Businesses Awarded Grants

Docker Fermentation Ltd

Saturn Solutions Ltd

HOP Project

Paper Boat Documentaries

The Little Greek Bus Ltd

Plan with Care Ltd

Lantern Laundrette

Blowout & Wave

The Peoples Café Folkestone

Creative Folkestone

Autospot MG Ltd

Alliance Building Company Contracts Ltd

Sam Millen

Sleeping Giant Media Ltd

Harbour Coffee Company

Oetzmann & Co Ltd

Custom Food Lab

Cheriton Road Sports Ground Trust

Buckle up Films Ltd

The Folkestone Leas Lift (Leas Lift Lockout) C.I.C

NIC Instruments Ltd

Spice Queen Ltd

Kai’s Foods Ltd

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