Grants boost for local communities

Community projects in Wealden have received an extra £5,000 boost this year.

This has increased the total amount shared by Capital projects through the Wealden Community Grants Scheme to £55,000.  Small projects shared a total of £20,000.

“Clubs and groups run by volunteers play such an important part in the life of Wealden’s communities,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Cabinet member with responsibility for Community and Public Health. “Social activities in rural communities contribute immeasurably to our health and wellbeing.  Wealden grants, matched by volunteers’ efforts, ensure that activities can continue and grow. Through the Capital Grants, there are warm and accessible facilities in our villages and towns to host events throughout the year.”

Twelve community organisations have benefited from Wealden Small Grants this year.

The grants will support dementia training at Rotherfield St Martins, carers’ cafes at Hailsham and Uckfield, help the Hailsham Horticultural Society, encourage people aged 6 – 86 to play chess in Crowborough, support the High Five special needs children’s club in Forest Row and help cover the costs of the advice service run by the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Wealden Small Grants will also support the Hailsham Short Mat Bowls club and the Herstmonceux Men’s Shed project.Two theatre groups, Applause Rural Touring and The Rude Mechanicals, also receive grants to bring live performances to villages across the District. Hailsham Festival also receives help.

The largest Wealden Capital Grant goes toward extending the Hugo Palmer Skate Park in Forest Row. There are also grants to upgrade Mayfield Scout and Guide Hut, Fairwarp Village Hall, Litlington Village Hall, Bells Yew Village Hall and Summerheath Hall. Ashdown Place playground in Buxted receives help with improving playground equipment. Hartfield Cricket club is helped with cost a new cricket square and men in Groombridge will get building materials for their new men’s shed by the village hall.

Wealden Small Grants are limited to amounts between £500 – £3,000. Wealden Capital Grants contribute amounts of between £1,000 – £15,000 to capital schemes. The money must be spent in the 2020/21 financial year. The next round of Wealden Community Grants will take place in September.

Wealden’s Partnerships and Funding Support Officer also helps local community groups with bids for funds from other organisations. In the past ten years, this work has brought more than £2 million to benefit the District. Projects include village hall, recreation and sports facility improvements, as well as advice services offered by partner organisations. The Partnerships and Funding Support Officer can be contacted at communitygrants@wealden.gov.uk, telephone: 01323 443520.

The full list of Small and Capital Grants can be found here