New grant scheme for disabled projects

A GRANT scheme to help improve disabled facilities and access across the district could soon be launched.

At its meeting on Monday, June 28, Rother’s Cabinet recommended councillors approve a £200,000 fund to establish the Discretionary Disabled Project Grant scheme.

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

The type of projects funding may be awarded for include 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 would be assessed by a grant panel who will award the grant allocations.

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.

“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 is 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.

The agreed recommendations will be presented to Full Council for approval next month.

Published: 29th June 2021