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Wealden Community Grants get a capital boost

Media Release : 05 September 2018

The amount available for a project through Wealden’s capital grant scheme has been increased to £15,000.

Mayfield Community Play

It will provide extra help to community buildings in need of support. 

Grants are now available through the Council’s Small and Capital Grant Schemes. They will help local groups and village organisations continue the valuable work they do for the community.

Applications for both Community Grant schemes are invited by 30 November 2018 so that awards can be made for the 2019/20 financial year. 

Long term Service Level Agreements are also available for funding of up to 3 years.

The Wealden Small Grant Scheme offers grants of between £500 - £3,000.

The Wealden Capital Grants Scheme offers amounts between £1,000 - £15,000.

“Last year we made awards totalling £20,000 through our Small Grants Scheme and £50,000 through our Capital Grants scheme,” said Councillor Claire Dowling. Councillor Dowling is the Wealden Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety. “These helped 27 local organisations provide a range of activities and help to local communities.” 

"This year we have increased the maximum capital award from £10,000 to £15,000 to help out with larger projects for community buildings and sports pavilions. We believe it can help make a significant difference and ensure much needed improvements can be made for the benefit of local users. If your organisation needs support, I urge you to go to the Wealden website to see how we can help you.”

Wealden has organised a series of pre-application advice sessions at Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield. These will help to explain how to make the best use of this funding opportunity. All applicants are encouraged to contact the Partnerships and Funding Support Officer before beginning an application.

Grants have to be match funded, but this can be entirely 'in-kind' through volunteer time.  This ensures we can help well-supported groups of limited financial means. 

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2018. Funds for Capital and Small Grants must be spent within the next financial year which runs from April 2019 to March 2020.   

This year organisations supported by Wealden’s Community Grants include The Company’s community play in Mayfield and the Darby and Joan Club in Crowborough. Also Chelwood Gate and Danehill Village Market, AFC Uckfield Town, Care for the Carers and Wealden Talking News.

Wealden’s Capital Grants have paid for improvements to community buildings in Horam, Rotherfield and Withyham. They have also helped ensure sporting activities can continue at Groombridge and Ninfield, and improved access to Uckfield Millennium Green. Look out for the sticker that says: Supported by Wealden District Council’s Community Grants.

A limited number of 40 minute pre-application advice sessions for organisations which have not applied to the Council recently will take place during October.

Sessions must be booked in advance and are to discuss a drafted application for your organisation. They must be pre-booked on 01323 443520 or email communitygrants@wealden.gov.uk.

Organisations that cannot attend a session can submit a draft application form by 15 November. Feedback will be given to help to strengthen the application, although it will not guarantee success. 

Guidance and notes are available for every strand of the scheme. Please see our website. Further questions can also be answered by contacting our funding support officer.

A full list of what we have funded this year can be found by searching for grant funding on the Council’s website, www.wealden.gov.uk .

Wealden’s Partnerships and Funding Support Officer Michelle Gray also gives support to third sector organisations on: 

• Sourcing relevant funding 

• Assistance with applications 

• Sustainable income advice 

• Signposting Advice

Photo shows the cast of the Mayfield Community Play, When the Devil Comes Calling, at their first read-through. The play will be performed around the village from 24 – 27 October, 2018. It received a grant of £1,000 through last year’s Wealden Community Grants scheme.