Community project funding scheme to open for applications


Community project funding scheme to open for applications

Projects enhancing the lives of residents could benefit from a share of £63,399 from a district-wide grant scheme.

Round 2 of Rother District Council's Community Grants Scheme will be open for applications from Monday, October 1 until Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Community groups and organisations can apply for funding, ranging from £500 to £30,000 depending on the size of the project, to provide community facilities, buy equipment or host local events.

"Over the years we have been able to support some wonderful projects which have been of benefit to residents across Rother," said Cllr Tony Ganly, the district council's cabinet member for community grants.

"Our Community Grant Scheme can help kick start the fundraising efforts of local groups and organisations.  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.

"I would encourage any voluntary or community group to look into whether this scheme can help them."

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.

In Round 1 of the scheme a total of £65,831 was given to 10 projects across the district, including £29,975 for the creation of community space in Sidley and Bexhill, £1,000 for the purchase of a reserve launch vehicle for Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Association and £5,650 for play equipment in Northiam.

Medium and large grants from Round 2 of the scheme will be considered by a grants panel before recommendations are made to Cabinet in March, 2019. 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.

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Cabinet agreed the following grants at a meeting on September 3; 

•    The Pelham Community Interest Company - £29,975 to create additional space in a community hub

•    Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Association - £1,000 to by a second hand reserve launch vehicle

•    Audioactive - £3,500 for a project offering free drop-in music sessions for young people

•    Northiam Parish Council - £5,650 to buy and install new playground equipment

•    Battle Town Council - £3,000 to provide a recreation ground shelter 

•    Battle Town Council - £1,593 to level a junior football pitch

•    Burghwood House Residents' Association - £2,000 to complete a garden project 

•    Westfield Cricket Club - £795 towards the purchase of an outdoor net

•    Westfield Parish Council - £15,000 to provide fitness equipment and improve play facilities

•    Winchelsea Beach Community Association - £3,318 to refurbish the community hall kitchen

The grants panel used its delegated authority to approve small grants of £500 for Bexhill Angling Club for the purchase of coaching equipment, and £270 for The Royal British Legion Bexhill towards the cost of a Remembrance Parade to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.


Published Friday, September 21, 2019

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