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Chance to bid for share of community funding

Organisations in Rother have the chance to bid for cash to help deliver schemes which benefit the local community.

Applications are now being accepted for the first round of funding from this year's Rother District Council community grants scheme.

Grant of up to £30,000 from a total funding pot of £130,000 is available to help organisations provide community facilities, buy equipment or host local events.

Last year, almost £60,000 was awarded, including £22,000 for improvements to Bexhill Sailing Club, £3,000 for a new play space at Netherfield Pre-School and £500 for a website to encourage people to use Camber Memorial Hall.

Organisations hoping to benefit must show evidence of support from the local community, and must also have the support of their local ward councillor, who will also be able to advise them on submitting their application. The deadline for applications is Saturday, July 15 2017.

Tony Leonard, Rother District Council executive director of business operations, said: "Our grants scheme has made a real difference to community groups and organisations which have benefited so far.

"Funding is available for projects large and small which benefit the lives of people in Rother, and I'd encourage any organisations which think they might benefit to submit their application."

The scheme offers small grants of up to £500, medium-sized grants of up to £5,000 and larger grants of up to £30,000 for projects with long-term viability, for which applicants must show details of how ongoing costs will be met. The maximum grant is limited to 50 per cent of the total cost of the project.

The council's grants panel will meet in August to discuss the round one applications and present recommendations to cabinet, which will make a final decision on successful grants in September.

A second round of applications for community grant funding will open later in the year.

More information is available online at www.rother.gov.uk/communitygrantscheme

Grants awarded last year included:

- ARRCC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation Care Centre) in Rye - awarded £499 towards publicity and hire of a venue to enable tea dances for the elderly members of the community

- Bexhill Sailing Club - awarded £22,444 towards major improvements to the exterior fabric of the building

- Camber Memorial Hall - awarded £499 towards setting up a website to encourage further use of Camber Memorial Hall and the services it provides

- Netherfield Pre-School - awarded £3,000 towards the laying of a suitable surface in its outdoor play space;

- Rye Cricket Club - awarded £3,132 towards the funding of a Lantern to the roof of The Sidney Allnutt Pavilion to increase ventilation and natural light to the upper floor;

- Rye Harbour Sailing Club - awarded £30,000 towards the provision of toilet facilities, showers, and changing rooms, including an accessible toilet and shower facilities for the disabled at Rye Harbour Sailing Club.

Published on Tuesday, April 25 2017

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