Community groups in line for a total of £371,000 in grants

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds worth of council grants are set to be given to community groups and charities.

Hastings Borough Council has announced this week it has more than £371,000 available for the next year and councillors will make a final decision on where the money is to be allocated at a cabinet meeting on January 9.

Cllr Peter Chowney, the council’s lead member for regeneration, planning and marketing, said: “More than 50 groups expressed an interest in applying for funding, and 27 completed expressions of interest. There were 18 full applications submitted, and the total value of the bids was nearly £2million.

“Even though the money we are expecting to make available is far more than other councils give, it is still only a fraction of what was bid for. Inevitably we have had to make some difficult decisions, and disappoint some groups.

“But we believe that the grant-funded activities will help create jobs and job opportunities, reduce crime and the fear of crime, and help those in the most deprived parts of town, and in the most vulnerable groups. We believe this is money well spent.”