Community Groups Urged To Apply For Funding

Monday 2nd October 2017

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Community groups in Willingdon, Westham, Pevensey and Polegate are being encouraged to apply for financial help.

Wealden District Council is running its Small and Capital Grant Schemes, which is open until 30 November. Through the scheme, grants of between £500-£10,000 are available, with Service Level Agreements also available for funding of up to 3 years.

“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.

A 40minute pre-application advice session for organisations which have not applied to the Council recently will take place at in Willingdon on Thursday morning (5 October).

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

Organisations that cannot attend the 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.

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