Financial, practical and training resources are available to help support individuals or groups who want to have their say on services and improve their communities.

Financial Support

Both a Start Up Grant and a Community Grant are available for local residents' groups to help them raise funds. 

Start Up Grant:

A Start Up Grant of up to a maximum of £450 is available for newly established eligible groups. 

Community Grant:

Up to £250 cash is up for grabs for local community groups to fund neighbourhood activities across Dartford.

Funding can be used for training, improvements to land and buildings, purchase equipment and organise trips or events to help bring families and communities together.

The Community Grant has been set up to fund neighbourhood activities that will encourage residents to get involved with local initiatives - for example to fund a summer fair, a football project for under 16s or an educational visit for local group/organisation of residents.

Grants cannot be used for any religious or political activity or to fund ongoing projects and the maximum amount available for each grant is £250.

Practical Support:

The Resident Involvement Officer will provide support to groups both new and established to help develop policies, apply for funding and co-ordinate meetings etc.


As part of our support and encouragement for residents to get involved we will offer various training opportunities.

Training run in previous years has included:

  • Chairing Skills
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Newsletters and Publicity
  • Presentation Skills

For further information on any of the above resources please contact the resident involvement officer or call 01322 343682.