Uckfield area groups aided by Wealden grants

Community grants have been awarded to Uckfield area groups and organisations in a district-wide scheme from Wealden council.

Claire Dowling

Cllr Claire Dowling

Awards have been made by the council totalling £20,000 in small grants for short-term projects and £50,000 in capital grants to support buildings and facilities.

Cllr Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety, said: “Since 2006, more than £4.8 million has been allocated via the Wealden grants programme, benefiting residents throughout the district.

“Over £1 million has been awarded to 375 small and capital projects ranging from village hall, sports pavilion and recreational space improvements to lunch clubs, arts festivals, and activities for the disabled and young people.

“The lion’s share of Wealden’s community grants are distributed through Service Level Agreements, which support a wide range of vital services such as debt advice, community transport, protecting the environment, and volunteering.

“This £3.8 million, distributed to 43 organisations in the past ten years, has created employment opportunities, supported volunteers and ensured these organisations have the wherewithal to carry on their important work.

Awards this year include:

Small grants:

Community basketball initiative, £2,000 for coaching and transport costs for 30 basketball sessions at venues in Uckfield,  Heathfield, Crowborough and Hailsham. They will train young coaches.

Uckfield AFC, £1,400 for goals, balls and other equipment and kit for junior football training young people aged two to 16.

Uckfield Camera Club, £2,000 for a new projector which, a council report says, “will make a big difference to this growing club”.

Uckfield Housebound Club, £600 to help with transport costs.

Wealden Talking News, £2,500 for memory stick players and other equipment for blind and partially sighted users.

Capital grants

East Hoathly CE Primary School, £3,500 for portable staging to be used by the school, church, village hall and other organisations.

Uckfield Millennium Green, £5,000 towards a new path to improve accessibility, with volunteers completing much of the groundwork.

Service Level Agreement

Conservators of Ashdown Forest, £10,000 to managing and maintaining the forest.

People Matter, £7,000 for employment support, training and coaching for long-term unemployed and vulnerable people in Uckfield, Heathfield and Hailsham.

One-off grant

Heathfield Partnership, £10,000 towards Wealden Works which helps young people not in employment, education or training. Wealden Works has also received a grant from Uckfield Town Council.

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