Grants totalling £70,000 have been awarded by Wealden District Council this year.
Cllr Claire Dowling, cabinet member for public health and community safety said that in the last ten years the grants programme has supported 320 small and capital projects with more than £840,000 of funding, ranging from village halls, sports pavilion and recreational space improvements to lunch clubs, arts festivals and activities for the disabled and young people.
A further £3.2 million has been given over the ten years to 42 organisations through service level agreements which support a wide range of services such as debt advice, community transport, protecting the environment and volunteering.
Among organisations to benefit from small grants this year are:
- Buxted Allotments Association, towards clearing non-native plants, planting an orchard, extending the water supply and a wildlife camera, this is the second part of a three-phase project (£1,923),
- Uckfield Colts AFC, towards venue hire, coaching fees and coaching qualifications, (£1,500),
- Nutley Short Mat Bowls Club, towards a new short bowling mat, (£800),
- TN22 Club at Hadlow Down, engage/sound architect, towards staffing costs for an additional day for the dementia club attached to the TN22 club, (£750),
- Hadlow Down Village Hall, towards freplacing and insulating the hall ceiling, (£500),
- Uckfield FM, help with a new server and new PC equipment (£500) .
Community centres and sports clubs receiving capital grants have included:
- St Mark’s Church, Hadlow Down, toilet, washroom and kitchen area for the church which can be used for activities for the whole community, (£4,000),
- St James the Less Church Hall, Nutley, new kitchen and redecoration of entrance hall which holds activities in it which are not congregation specific, (£4,000),
- Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club, help with new nets (£4,000),
- Fletching Recreation Ground, fencing renewal for this well-used facility (£1,000).
Service level agreements – which last three years – of £69,080 approved this year have included:
- Conservators of Ashdown Forest, toward managing and maintaining the forest including education and training, crime and anti-social behaviour (£13,000),
- High Weald Unit, which provides a statutory duty on behalf of the council and helps tailor positive policies and actions to support the conservation of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (£7,200),
- Home Start, provides practical support to families, mainly in the north of the district, who are having issues with at least one under-five-year-old (£6,500),
- Mediation Plus, mediation and dispute resolution for those on low incomes, (£6,000),
- North Wealden Community Transport, community transport provider for north of the district, (£5,000),
- Tomorrow’s People to extend support to young people not in work, training or education living in places such as Uckfield and Framfield (£10,000),
- Wealden Bus Alliance, contribution to printing of literature, website, and research into commuter bus service in Uckfield, Buxted and Crowborough (£3,020) and
- Wealden Citizens’ Advice Bureau, providing advice services, including debt-advice to the public in Uckfield, Crowborough and Hailsham (£150,000).
Cllr Dowling said that voluntary organisations, societies and charities have also been directly assisted by Wealden Community and Regeneration Staff to successfully apply for more than £1.3 million of funding from external organisations such as the lottery and Sussex Community Foundation since 2010.
Full details of all this year’s Wealden Community Grants can be found on the community grants pages of the Wealden website.
• Grants awarded by Uckfield Town Council this financial year can be seen here: Ten things we learned last night about Uckfield.
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