Groups can bid for grants of up to £2,500

GRANTS of up to £2,500 are available for community groups to help residents living in one of the poorest areas of Hastings and St Leonards.

The Castle Ward Community First Panel is launching a new grants programme and it is seeking project proposals from voluntary and community organisations which intend to tackle some of the problems in Castle ward.

This is part of a new Government scheme that is targeting some of the most deprived council wards in the country, and Castle ward has been allocated £67,820 over four years.

Residents in the ward have chosen five priority themes for the funding which are friendly neighbourhood, positive activities for children, young people and the family, a better place to live, visit and work, well-being and healthy lifestyles, and opportunities for personal development and employment.

Tatiana Williamson, secretary of Castle Ward Forum and the main contact for the Community First Panel in Castle ward, said: “We are determined that they money will make a positive impact in Castle ward. And we want as many people as possible to know about the scheme and get involved.”

People can download an application form and guidance notes by logging onto castlewardcfp.posterous.com or pick up a copy from Hastings Voluntary Action’s offices in Portland Place.

The deadline for applications is noon on Thursday, May 17.