Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for cultural funding from Rother District Council

Rother District Council Events Funding: Bexhill & Rye

Applications are welcomed from community groups and promoters looking to stage events in Bexhill or Rye.

This strategic fund is aimed at increasing visitors to the area and applications must specifically address how the event will do this. There two separate pots of funding with a specific application for each. Applications are welcomed on a rolling basis however these are limited funds and once allocated no further applications will be considered until the new financial year.

If you are interested in developing an event in Bexhill please contact Melanie Powell: 01424 787506

If you are interested in developing an event in Rye please contact Donna Hall: 01424 787582


De La Warr Pavilion - Community Group Concessions

Rother's relationship with the De La Warr Pavilion is achieved both through funding and through on going partnership working. We are proud that alongside  Arts Council England we help support this hub of cultural excellence and working closely with the team at the Pavilion for the benefit of our local communities. To this end we continue to run the concession grant pot allowing community groups in Rother to apply for funding to support venue hire. The event must take place at the De La Warr Pavilion and a provisional date have been confirmed, must be visual / performance based and open to the general public.

Applications will be considered throughout the year on an individual, rolling basis. Applications for the current year are open but as always funds are extremely limited. For more information please contact  Melanie Powell, Cultural Development Officer at 01424 787506.


East Sussex Arts Partnership funding

The East Sussex Arts Partnership is formed of cultural officers from each of the borough / district councils in the East Sussex area; Rother, Hastings, Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes together with East Sussex County Council and Arts Council.

The East Sussex Arts Partnership has a small number of grants of up to £500 available to match fund Arts Council Grants for the Arts applications. Additionally these grants are allocated to projects which support the East Sussex Cultural Strategy priorities:

  1. Create an environment where great cultural experiences are available to everyone to enhance their quality of life
  2. Create an environment which enables the cultural and creative economy to expand and enhances our ability to attract and retain other businesses
  3. Develop and promote well packaged cultural tourism offers which celebrate the identity of East Sussex, raise its profile and attract more visitors and businesses to the County

East Sussex Cultural Strategy 2013-2023


  • Activity must be supported by a Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England
  • Applicant must be a non-profit distributing organisation
  • Activity must be open to the general public and have a clear public benefit
  • The ESAP grant must be clear within the proposed budget
  • The activity can not have already started prior to ESAP decision


Remaining deadlines for applications in 2017/ 2018 are as follows:

  • 8 December 2017 (decision 23 January 2018)


Please make sure you get advice before deciding to make an application. Contact the relevant member of staff below who will be happy to discuss your idea with you and check you are eligible to apply.

For projects in Rother District

Please contact Melanie Powell on 01424 787506

For projects in Hastings Borough

Please contact Michael Hambridge on 01424 451790

For projects in Wealden District

Please contact Jane Kilby on 01892 602881

For Eastbourne and all other enquiries please contact the Cultural Strategy Manager at East Sussex County Council, Sally Staples on 01273 481871

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