Almost £300K in community grants & funding

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Yesterday, Wealden District Council approved almost £300,000 in grants and funding.

A number of organisations benefit from three-year Service-Level Agreements, including Clued-Up Info Shop in Crowborough, Wealden Citizens Advice and The Conservators of Ashdown Forest.

Organisations will receive a share of £274,800 in 2022/23.

Clued-Up based on The Broadway give information & advice, emotional support and informal counselling to 11 – 25 year olds. They will receive £22,000 in 2022/23 and £14,000 in the following two financial years.

Wealden Citizens Advice will receive the largest amount – £165,000 each year for three years so they can continue to provide free, confidential, independent and impartial advice to residents to assist them with legal, debt, consumer, housing and other problems.

In addition, £20,000 in small grants will be awarded to nineteen community groups ranging from £500 to £3,000 each, including Crowborough Community Orchard and Green Transition Crowborough. The largest grant was awarded to Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club. The money will be used to level and re-seed their pitch.

Wealden District Council’s Cabinet approved the funding packages at its meeting on 9th February, and the decision is expected to be ratified at a meeting of the Full Council on 22nd February.

Councillor Philip Lunn, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Public Health, said:

The third sector is seeing increased demand at a time when income has fallen due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

It plays a vital role in protecting the health and well-being of our communities and its survival is even more vital during the ongoing pandemic.

The Council recognises and supports the social value of the third sector for a sustainable community as well as appreciating the huge pressures on voluntary and community organisations across the Wealden district.

For many organisations the financial support of the council acts as a validation of their projects and often is a crucial element in successfully applying for or attracting other funding.

This funding will help enable key partners of the Council to continue to deliver key services across the district.

Cllr Lunn

The Council signalled its intention last October to replace the Small Grant Scheme with a Wealden Lottery. At the meeting Cllr Lunn said the Council is currently going through a procurement process to find a suitable company. According to the tender documents, the lottery will be launched in August with the first lottery draw being held the following month.

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