Rother District Council’s Community Grant Scheme supports the development of community facilities, community activities and sustainable local action.

Applications to the scheme are welcomed from properly constituted organisations for services and activities which benefit the residents of Rother. 

Preference is given to groups or organisations that:

  • Have secured additional funding sources
  • Can demonstrate strong community support for their project from the community, local Councillors, and Town and Parish Councils.
  • Can show how the on-going costs of their project will be met

Applicants should discuss their application with their Rother District Councillor who will need to provide their observations for the project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek funding from Town or Parish Councils where applicable and the Town/Parish Clerk should also provide his/her observations for projects that benefit residents in their Town or Parish.

What grants are available?

The maximum grant available for each scheme is limited to 50% of the total cost of the project.

There are four types of grants that may be funded:

Small value projects – grants of under £500

These can be applied for at any time during the year. £5,000 each year is ring-fenced for one-off grants up to £500 each.

Medium Grants Scheme – grants of £501- £5,000

These grants are open twice a year. At least 30% of the funding for these projects must come from local support, including where applicable from Town and Parish Councils.

Large Grant Scheme – £30,000 maximum

These grants are open twice a year.It is necessary to demonstrate the long-term viability of the project, together with details of how ongoing costs will be met.

Commemorative grants

Rother District Council regularly allocates some funds from its Community Grants Scheme to support local communities in celebrating events of national importance. These grants will be advertised when they are open for applications.

Projects over £300,000 are not eligible for a Community Grant but may be considered separately by the Council.  You will need to contact the relevant Head of Service at the Council to discuss.


Funding for Bexhill schemes will be limited to 50% of the project costs. The remaining funds will need to be raised locally or through other funding bodies.

Help and support

Rother Voluntary Action (RVA), the organisation which supports voluntary and community groups in this area, offers advice on all sources of funding and can assist in applying for grants.

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