New grant scheme for disability projects launches

A grant scheme to help improve disabled facilities and access across the district has just launched.

The new scheme allows community groups to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects for community-based facilities and provide greater access to public buildings, venues, parks and open spaces across Rother.

Funding may be awarded for improving disabled access by fitting ramps or communal stairlifts, making community spaces more accessible, and installing toilet and sanitary facilities for those with disabilities.

Applications will be assessed by a grant panel who will award the grant allocations.  The first meeting of the panel is due to take place in October.

Councillor Terry Byrne, portfolio holder for Housing and Homes, said: “Often quite modest funding can make a huge difference and get local projects up and running and I would encourage community groups to consider applying.

“Establishing this new grant scheme will improve facilities across Rother for those with disabilities, support the local economy and improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for residents and visitors to the district.”

The introduction of the new grant scheme was proposed as part of the council’s revised Financial Assistance Policy to ensure the full allocation of disabled facilities funding is spent and community needs are met.

Published: 1st September 2021

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