Olympics theme to support Wealden's voluntary groups

Media Release : 18 October 2010

Wealden's Small Grants Scheme which provides funding until March 2012, is adopting Olympic values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect as its guiding themes to support local voluntary groups.

Projects will not necessarily have to be sports-based but the schemes which are being sought are those in which voluntary groups help individuals and people from different backgrounds or differing abilities make a winning contribution to their local communities.

"Adopting an Olympic theme for this year's Small Grants Scheme is one way Wealden can play its part towards the celebration of the 2012 Olympic Games," said Councillor Pam Doodes, Cabinet member for Community at Wealden District Council. "We want to encourage more volunteering in the community. Projects do not necessarily have to involve sports but they should promote healthy and active communities, and volunteering and learning are likely to play an important part in what they do."

"The criteria for the District Council's Capital Grants scheme will continue to be in keeping with this Council's core values of Putting People First, Pride of Place and Working together with Partners."

"By seeking matched funding, Wealden's Community Grants attract similar amounts raised by the community or through voluntary contributions of help in kind. In some cases National Lottery money can be used to provide more support. It means Wealden's Community Grants Scheme is able to help local communities secure financial benefits far greater than those the Council can offer alone."

You can now apply for support under Wealden's Community Grants Programme.

Wealden District Council's Small Grants Scheme is for grants of between £500 - £1000. Last year grants helped support youth club facilities in Crowborough and a district-wide play scheme.

The Capital Grants Scheme can provide grants of £5,000 - £10,000 for capital projects. In recent years, capital grants have supported improvements to community centres at Punnetts Town and Diplocks in Hailsham.

All applications need to be matched by funding at least equal to the application value but this can be either cash or in-kind, such as volunteer time. Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 November 2010.

Activities covered by the Olympic values sought by the Wealden Small Grants Scheme include those that encourage more volunteers to support community activities and those that foster new skills or help others to do so. If you are unsure if your project meets these values, or would like to know more about how this can be demonstrated in an application, please contact 3VA, the co-ordinator for Voluntary Action for Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes on 01323 639373.

Capital Grants will be to help improve community facilities. These could involve bids for energy efficiency measures or disability adaptations. Successful applications should reflect Wealden's aims of:

  • Putting People First by providing quality services and promoting health, prosperity and safety;
  • Pride of Place through the preservation and enhancement of our environment;
  • Working together with Partners to ensure maximum benefit to the community of our joint resources.

All funds must be spent within the financial year beginning April 2011 that runs to March 2012.

More information on how to apply for either of these grants please can be found on our grants information page, or contact Wealden District Council. Talk to our Grant Funding Officer on 01323 443520 .

Wealden's Grant Funding Officer can also give information on other sources of funding, including the National Lottery and Sussex Community Foundation grants, and offer advice and information on all aspects of running a voluntary or community group in partnership with other agencies.