HERE is a chance to apply for grant recovery funding.

Grants between £500 and £5,000 are now available to community groups and village organisations in Wealden to help them continue during the ongoing Covid pandemic.

“The Recovery Fund will help ensure that our community groups remain strong, despite changes forced by the pandemic,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden Cabinet member Community & Public Health.

“Many have already played an important role, by supporting residents through the Wealden Community Hub.  We hope they will again be able to help in the future, if needed.”

“Grants will also help groups accommodate the new social distancing measures so that they can carry on over the coming months. This may involve alternative ways of delivering a service. The grants could cover the cost of new equipment and software.

“The Recovery Fund is also available to local sports clubs and other organisations to encourage physical and mental well-being. These are factors which have been shown to be increasingly important in recent months.

“With care and consideration, measures like this will help us to safely get back to many of our regular activities again.

“The support we are offering could provide a lifeline to many local groups. If they have any questions about eligibility, please contact our Partnerships and Funding Support Officer who will be pleased to provide assistance.”

The Wealden Community Grants Recovery fund offers grants of between £500 – £5,0000.

These need to be spent before the end of March 2021. The closing date for applications is 1 November. The coluncil hopes to be able to start releasing funds in December 2020.

An editable pdf application form can be downloaded by searching for the Community Grants Programme on the Council’s website.

What the grant can be used for:
  • To enable voluntary and community organisations to continue their valued services and support they provide to our communities. This could include core costs which have been affected by the pandemic and/or loss of income.
  • To continue to provide support, where needed, to those most vulnerable and/or affected by the Covid-19 emergency.
  • To promote physical and mental wellbeing.
  • To ensure resilience of community and voluntary groups in the future.
  • The provision of services, using alternative delivery models to pre Covid-19, to accommodate physical distancing measures and guidelines for operating. This can include changes occur through the pandemic lifecycle. It may include equipment, software etc.

Wealden’s Partnerships and Funding Support Officer Michelle Namurach can be contacted for advice by emailing communitygrants@wealden.gov.uk or telephoning  01323 443520.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2020.