Last week the Town Council met to consider applications for grants submitted by community groups and organisation which support people living in Crowborough. In total £52,715 was awarded in the 2015/16 financial year:
- Clued-up.Info – £22,400 towards the costs of running the drop-in centre on The Broadway
- Wealden Citizens Advice – £22,400 towards the cost of running the bureaux in Crowborough on Croham Road
- Age Concern Crowborough & Rotherfield – £1170 towards hire costs of hall for lunch club for over 55s
- Crowborough Arts – £625 toward publicity materials for Open Studios in 2015
- Crowborough Bonfire & Carnival Society – £1500 towards costs of organising the carnival next year
- Home Start East Sussex – The chairity supports families with children under 5, £1513 to training two volunteers to support one family in Crowborough
- Jarvis Brook Community Hub – £714 half the cost of contructing a noticeboard in the car part to advertise fundraising events
- The Crowborough Players – £203 towards the cost of buying two microphones
- 1st Crowborough Scouts – £5190 (£2000 for damp work and £3190 for equipment)
- The Society of the Friends of Montargis – £1,000 towards the cost of entertaining guests
The only group to miss-out on getting an award was Vitalise, a charity which provides short breaks and respite care for people with physical disabilities. The Bonfire and Carnival Society were advised that has they makes donations to local causes from the funds received from collections during the carnival, it was considered that any future grant application should detail a specific item to be funded by the Council.
The majority of the money was awarded to Wealden Citizens Advice and Clued-up.Info. Each organisation will receive £20,400 in 2015/16.
Clued-up.Info provides information and advice to young people at its drop-in centre on The Broadway in Crowborough. Wealden Citizens Advice has a bureaux in Crowborough on Croham Road. Crowborough Town Council has rolling three-year Service Level Agreements with these organisations to allow them to plan ahead.
At the meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Councillors heard that the Citizens Advice Bureaux had extended opening times, an email service was being piloted and training is being undertaken for a new scheme using Skype.
Dick Partridge from Clued-up.Info reported that youth activities are held at the drop-in centre two evenings a week, and that sessions on emotional wellbeing and domestic violence had been run. During the town’s Christmas event on 28th November Clued-up will be holding an ‘open night’.
Other sources of grants for community groups
In May, Wealden District Council awarded £262,000 to voluntary groups and charities which benefit the local community. The application period for the next financial year is now open and organisations have until 30th November to apply: Wealden District Council’s Community Grants Programme.
Money is also available from the the Commissioning Grants Prospectus for organisations supporting people with mental health or helping people back into employment. The Commissioning Grants Prospectus is funded by a range of departments in East Sussex County Council and the local NHS. There is a meeting on Tuesday 2nd December in Uckfield for people wanting to find-out more.