£60,000 has been agreed for voluntary groups in Eastbourne.
The fund has been allocated by members of the Borough Council’s cabinet for the 2017/18 year.
Sixteen groups, including those that help the elderly, disabled people and children, are benefiting from the latest round of the authority’s small grants scheme.
This is part of a total of £621,000 the council has allocated for financial assistance to voluntary and community organisations for the forthcoming year, at a particularly challenging time for the authority due to massive cuts in government funding.
Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet member for Direct Assistant Services, said, “Despite the ongoing cuts in our settlement from government, we are committed to protecting the work of Eastbourne’s voluntary sector and their new initiatives to meet local needs.
“It is a tough time for local groups and demand for funding is increasing. We received nearly twice the expressions of interest for this scheme compared to last year and applications totalled more than five times the funding available.”
Groups receiving small grants are: Trees Community Association, Old Town Library, Linking Lives, Eastbourne Access Group, Age Concern Eastbourne, Memory Lane, Now!, Stay Up Late, Possability People, Albion In the Community – Albion Goals, SASBAH, Families for Autism, Care for the Carers, Football Therapy Eastbourne, Culture Shift, Bourne Out.