Local organisations could be eligible for a grant if they have an interesting or innovative idea about tackling crime, disorder or antisocial behaviour in Eastbourne. 

Community Safety Grant Fund grants are available from Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership, a multi-agency group comprising of representatives from the police, council, fire service, probation and voluntary sector. 

Together with members of the community, they work to make Eastbourne a safer place.  

In 2021/22, the partnership’s priorities are:  

· Addressing the incidence of anti-social behaviour and the importance of creating safe and welcoming community spaces,  

· Tackling the incidence of hate crime, domestic and sexual abuse,  

· Reducing the incidence of serious violence and knife crime,  

· Supporting the street community and address related anti-social behaviour,  

· Reducing the incidence of anti-social driving on our roads,  

· Addressing the community impact of organised crime and drug dealing.

As well as helping co-ordinate the activities and plans, the partnership administers grants to fund projects and programmes that help local communities address these six priorities. 

Over the past year, grants awarded in Eastbourne have included funding for summer skate park activities run by young people for young people, with the support of the YMCA; and training new volunteers for the Safe Space initiative run by the Street Pastors team every Friday and Saturday night.  

Councillor Rebecca Whippy, Cabinet member for Disabilities and Community Safety at Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “Grants are on offer to organisations big and small in Eastbourne with projects that help target our priority areas to make the town an even safer place to live and work.  

“We look forward to receiving all applications and will give people a call back to talk them through.” 

To apply, please download a copy of the form from lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/partnerships/community-safety-partnership and email it to communitysafety@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk  

For more information contact Oliver Jones on 07939 578415.