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

A total of 13 local organisations and good causes were awarded Community Grants in the 2022/23 financial year:

Small Grants

Grant awarded: £1,000.

Crowhurst Community Map: The grant covered the costs associated with the design, print and production of the map. The map provides local and historical information, key architectural and natural features of the village.

Grant awarded: £1,000.

Hurst Green Defibrillator Campaign: The grant supported the funding for two defibrillators, cabinets, and training equipment. One Defibrillator was installed in the disused telephone box on London Road, with the other at Ashdene Garage.

Grant awarded: £400.

Preventing Plastic Pollution in Rother: The grant supported the funding of venue and transport hire, and equipment for local community groups to participate in plastic pollution surveys.

Grant awarded: £900.

The Beacon Regeneration (Fairlight): The grant was used for the costs associated with planting a small forest garden around the Beacon viewpoint in Fairlight.

Medium and Large Grants

Grant awarded: £1,723.

Battle Junior Parkrun: The grant supported the one-off set up fee to register and establish the park run.  A 2km junior park run will take place weekly on Battle Recreation Ground.

Grant awarded: £11,000.

Broad Oak Recreation Ground Play Equipment Project: The grant was used to provide a new piece of multi-purpose play equipment for Brede Recreation Ground. This was the second phase of the project, following the installation of swings partly funded by a Community Grant in 2021.

Grant awarded: £30,000.

Redevelopment of Play/Sports areas: The grant went towards the associated costs of providing new playground equipment and converting one of the tennis courts into a multi-use games area at Swan Meadow Playing Field.

Grant awarded: £5,060.

Wood Field Children’s Playground: The grant was used to provide new playground equipment and appropriate safety matting for younger and less able children.

Grant awarded: £5,588.

Adult Outdoor Exercise Equipment: The grant helped to fund the installation of two adult exercise bikes at four different recreation grounds across the Parish.

Grant awarded: £10,500.

New Meeting Room: The grant part-funded the conversion of an existing storage area in a meeting room, requiring the provision of an inclusive external access ramp, new accessible width entrance door, upgrading of existing WC facilities plus the upgrading of heating, lighting, flooring, and decoration.

Grant awarded: £8,875.

Sailing Dinghy RS Venture Connect: The grant helped to fund the purchase of a stable adapted dinghy to enable people with disabilities to sail at Rye Harbour.

Grant awarded: £3,000.

New Disabled Toilet: The grant was awarded to help cover the costs of converting an existing space within Staplecross Social Club to enable the supply and fit of an inclusive toilet and baby changing facility.

Grant awarded: £30,000.

Village Hall Extension: The grant was used to part-fund the extension to the front of the Community Hall, allowing them to upgrade the toilet facilities to include an accessible toilet with baby changing facility.

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