October 2009

Wealden support for local community groups

Local voluntary and community groups have until 30 November 2009 to apply for the latest round of Wealden Community Grants.
Previous rounds offered financial help ranging from £1,000 for a one-off small grant to support Stone Cross Memorial Hall, to a £146,000 a year Service Level Agreement to Citizens Advice to help meet growing demand for help during the recession.
"There are three different Wealden Community Grant schemes to satisfy a range of different funding needs," said Councillor Ron Cussons. "The current  recession has left everyone, including the Council, strapped for cash but we intend to make the best use of resources to meet real needs and ambitions in the community.  We want to hear about your plans."
The three different Community grant schemes are:

Applicants need to find matching funding at least equal to the value of their application. This can be either cash or in-kind, such as volunteer time.
"Match funding ensures that Wealden's villages and towns benefit from much larger amounts, far beyond the grant funding provided by the Council," explains Councillor Cussons. "In some cases this approach has helped projects secure large amounts of money from the National Lottery fund."
Projects must be in line with Wealden's aims. These are:

Organisations wishing to apply for any of these grants can download an application pack from our website, or contact Wealden District Council. Telephone 01323 443520. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2009.
Organisations that have recently benefited from Wealden's Community Grants Scheme include the East Sussex Association for the Blind, North Wealden Community Transport, the Diplocks Community Trust, The Heathfield Partnership and the Conservators of Ashdown Forest.

For further information:

Cllr  Ron Cussons                           
Cabinet Member for Community
Wealden District Council.                      
Tel: 01323 508518                     



Jim van den Bos,
Communications Officer,
Wealden District Council.
Tel: 01892 602745

Wealden Community Support