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

Applications are being invited for Wealden’s Small and Capital Grant Schemes by 30 November 2019 so that awards can be made for the 2020/21 financial year. 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’s applications saw £18,500 awarded in Small Grants to 15 local organisations and £50,000 of Capital Grants awarded to eight local oranisations.

Among those helped by Wealden’s Small Grants were:

Culture Shift – to provide art workshops for people with disabilities.

Eastbourne and South Wealden MS – to provide yoga sessions for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Hellingly Hound Dogs – to provide new equipment to play American Football.

Isfield Youth Club – to provide a range of activities for local young people.

Stoolball England – to provide coaching to secondary school pupils.

And thanks to Wealden’s Capital Grants:

All Saints Chelwood Gate are able to provide a fully accessible community space.

Cricket clubs in Bells Yew Green and Willingdon will have new training nets.

Wannock village hall will have improved facilities.

Maresfield Tennis Club are able to provide better access for people with disabilities.

Heathfield RFC are able to support a wide range of male and female playing teams.

Vert Wood Community Woodland are able to install composting toilets.

These are just some of the organisations Wealden has helped. A full list of last year’s grant awards can be found on the Wealden website.

“Wealden’s Community Grants provide a wide range of benefits to local clubs and organisations, helping them to open their doors to many more people,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Cabinet member for Community and Public Health. “The groups we help are run by volunteers. Our grants support the time and effort they give to enrich people’s lives. I’d encourage all local organisations to think about how their activities and venues can be sustained and improved through our Community Grants.”

Grants have to be match funded, but this can be entirely ‘in-kind’ through volunteer time. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2019. Funds must be spent within the next financial year which runs from April 2020 to March 2021.

Pre-Application Advice

Guidance and notes are available for both parts of the scheme. If you have never applied to the Council before, we recommend you take advantage of a pre-application advice session. A limited number are available during October and November in Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield.

Sessions, which last approximately 40 minutes, are to directly discuss a drafted application for your organisation with the Partnerships and Funding Support Officer. They must be booked in advance by calling 01323 443520 or emailing communitygrants@wealden.gov.uk .

We strongly advise that, at the very least, you make contact to discuss your project before completing your application. Applicants who have sought advice prior to submission are much more likely to score highly and be considered for funding.

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.

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

• Sourcing relevant funding

• Assistance with applications

• Sustainable income advice

• Signposting advice