There are two types of grants, small and capital, and applications are invited now. Both have to be match funded – but this can be in-kind through volunteer time – and application forms are on the council website.
The deadline for applications is November 30, 2019. Money awarded must be spent within the next financial year, from April 2020, to March 2021.
Small grants totalling £18,500 were awarded in the small grants category to 15 organisations and £50,000 of capital grants were awarded to eight organisations.
Those helped in the Uckfield area include:
£2,000 to The Children’s Respite Trust towards core costs and supplies for care sessions for children with disabilities at the new centre in Uckfield.
£2,000 to Stoolball England for equipment, venue hire, and coaching costs for a project to deli ver walking stool ball in Uckfield, and to train secondary school students in Heathfield and Hailsham to become leaders.
£1,000 to Isfield Youth Dogs for hall hire and equipment for this new club which offers a wide range of activities for young people.
£7,500 for Maresfield Lawn Tennis Club, as part of a very large project to improve facilities, including providing better disabled access.
Service level agreements
£165,000 to Wealden Citizens’ Advice Bureau for providing advice services, including debt advice to the public in Crowborough, Hailsham, and Uckfield.
£7,000 to People Matter. This organisation offers employment support, training and coaching for long-term unemployed, and vulnerable people in Uckfield, Heathfield, and Hailsham.
£4,000 to East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre to support families with British Sign Language (BSL) and peer support in Uckfield, Forest Row, and Crowborough.
A full list of last year’s grant awards can be found on the Wealden website.
Cllr Philip Lunn, cabinet member for community and public health said: “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.
“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.”
Advice sessions are available during October and November for people who have never applied to the council for a grant before.
They last about 40 minutes and are to directly discuss a drafted application for your organisation with the partnerships and funding support officer.
They can be booked in advance by calling 01323 443520, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council says: “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.”
Those organisations that cannot attend a session can submit a draft application by November 15 and feedback will be given to help strengthen it – though that will not guarantee success.
The partnerships and funding support officer also gives support to third sector organisations on sourcing relevant funding, assistance with applications, sustainable income advice, and signposting advice.
Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory