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Wealden Community Grants are open until 30 November

Media Release : 07 September 2017

Grants are available from Wealden District Council to help local groups and village organisations continue the valuable work they do for the community.

Herstmonceux Cricket club

Applications are being invited for Wealden’s Small and Capital Grant Schemes by 30 November 2017 so that awards can be made for the 2018/19 financial year. 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 - £10,000.

“Last year we made awards totalling £20,000 through our Small Grants Scheme and £80,000 through our Capital Grants scheme to 31 local organisations providing a range of sports, activities and help to local communities,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety. "This money can really make a difference. If your organisation needs support, I urge you go to the Wealden website to see how we can help you.

“We have organised a series of pre-application advice sessions at Hailsham, Willingdon, Wadhurst and Crowborough to explain how to make the best use of this funding opportunity.

“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 2017. Funds for Capital and Small Grants must be spent within the next financial year which runs from April 2018 to March 2019.

This year Wealden supported Crowborough Festival Association, the Now! Charity, Ripe Village Stores and the Mayfield and Five Ashes Community Services (MAYFACS), to mention just a few.

Wealden’s Capital Grants have paid for improvements to community buildings in Danehill, Jarvis Brook and Ninfield. They have also helped ensure sporting activities can continue at Uckfield, Forest Row and Hadlow Down. 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 at:

  • Willingdon - Thursday 5 October (am)
  • Crowborough – Monday 9 October (am) and Friday 20 October (pm)
  • Hailsham - Friday 13 October (am) and Tuesday 31 October (pm)
  • Wadhurst – Thursday 2 November (am) (NB: Disabled access is through the main hall)

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, and 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. 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: http://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

Picture shows youngsters at Herstmonceux Cricket Club who have recently benefited from Wealden's Community Grants Scheme