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Thousands of pounds approved for community groups

ALMOST £70,000 of funding has been awarded to community causes by Rother District Council.

A range of grants were approved by cabinet on Monday (March 15) and represent the second round of funding from Rother's Community Grants Scheme.

Projects which have gained Council support include a community minibus, large-scale social enterprise scheme and play facilities.

In all, 11 projects have benefited from the funding package.

Organisations can apply to fund facilities and activities which aim to support the Rother community.

Grant applications are considered by a panel that make their decisions based on a number of things including, whether the project or scheme complies with the guidance notes, the use of a scoring template, including whether other funds have been secured and if applications meet the broad objectives of the Council's corporate plan.

Small, one off grants of up to £5,000 are available, of which 30 per cent of the total cost of the project must come through local support.

Larger grants of up to £30,000 are also available. This is limited to 50 per cent of the total project cost.

Grants approved by cabinet included;

  • £2,500 match funding for an environmentally friendly minibus for physically disabled and sensory impaired adults through the Activities, Respite Rehabilitation Care Centre in Rye.
  • £5,000 match funding to De Etchingham Community Interest Company to regenerate a grade II listed station master's house as a community facility.
  • £25,000 of support to Hurst Green Parish Council for a social enterprise including a village shop, post office and youth centre.
  • £3,350 to match the funds put in by Mastersport and Play Community Interest Company to facilitate angling activities for disadvantaged young people.
  • £25,000 from the 2010/11 scheme's budget for the refurbishment and enlargement of Peasmarsh Memorial Hall.
  • £500 to Pestalozzi for a mountain biking facility for young people.
  • £2,784 of match funding to establish community allotments in Pett.
  • £1,514 to Udimore Parish Council to replace play equipment.
  • £1,600 approved for the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus to set up a new support group in Rother.
  • £150 to produce a Marshlink Lineguide for the Sussex Community Rail Partnership.
  • £1,000 of match funding for community allotments in Robertsbridge.

Cllr Ian Jenkins, Rother District Council member for building safer, stronger communities, said: "I am pleased to see the community grant scheme is helping a variety of projects throughout the district.

"Many of these applications are based on Local Action Plans and reflect the wishes of local residents. The Council is delighted to help make those wishes become a reality."

For more information about community grants contact Rother District Council policy officer Scott Lavocah at scott.lavocah@rother.gov.uk

Date 15 March 2010

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