Last chance to bid for community project funding

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Last chance to bid for community project funding

Community groups and organisations have just days left to apply for funding for projects that will enhance the lives of residents.

Applications for the first round of this year's Community Grants Scheme need to be submitted by Sunday, July 15.

Funding, which ranges from £500 to £30,000 depending on the size of the project, can be used to provide community facilities, buy equipment or host local events across the district.

"The Community Grants Scheme can be a great help to local groups and organisations who need a helping hand to get started with their fundraising efforts," said Cllr Tony Ganly, the district council's cabinet member for community grants.

"With up to 50 per cent of the funding pledged by the district council, organisations then stand a better chance of being successful when applying for other grants.

Cllr Ganly added: "Over the years we have been able to support some fantastic projects and events which have benefited residents across the district, and I hope we can do the same again this year."

Grants are divided into three categories; small grants of up to £500, medium grants of up to £5,000 and large grants of up to £30,000 for projects that can demonstrate long-term viability.

Previous successful applicants include;

  • Bexhill Rowing Club - awarded £3,685 towards the purchase of two concept rowing machines
  • Bexhill Festival of Music - awarded £1,607 towards the re-establishing of a "Youth Musical" opportunity within the festival and to provide continued professional development support for teachers in schools and other youth groups to prepare for the event
  • Pett Parish Council Working Group - awarded £1,000 to support the refurbishment of the Pett War Memorial and its surroundings
  • Crowhurst Village Hall Management Committee - awarded £10,000 to re-design and develop the village hall kitchen
  • Ticehurst Parish Council - Awarded £29,735 to update and replace metal playground equipment in Ticehurst, Stonegate and Flimwell
  • Medium and large grants will be considered by a grants panel before recommendations are made to Cabinet in September. Small grants (up to £500) can be decided by the panel throughout the year

Those projects that have secured additional funding from other organisations, have support from the community and local councillors and can show how on-going costs can be met, will be given preference.

For more information about the scheme contact communitygrants@rother.gov.uk or visit www.rother.gov.uk/communitygrantscheme

Medium and large grant applications for the second round of funding can be submitted between October 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019. Cabinet will consider these applications in March, 2019.

Ends.

 

Published Monday, July 9, 2018

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