Funds granted to local projects

COMMUNITY and voluntary organisations are set to receive more than £300,000 of council funding next year.

The organisations to benefit from the Community Partnership Funding (CPF) programme include those with projects that focus on job creation, advice, domestic violence, and rough sleepers.

At the borough council’s cabinet meeting on Monday (December 3), councillors voted unanimously to fund a total of 13 projects in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

In addition to this it was agreed that £10,000 a year will be put into the Small Grants Fund, which provides grants of up to £500 to support community based activities.

A total of 36 applications were received, totalling almost £2million in funding requests, which was three times the amount available.

The application process was conducted in three stages with 13 applications shortlisted for the final stage.

Councillor Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for housing and communities, remarked on the quality of the applications received, and said: “Our support for community based activity is higher than any other area in East Sussex.

“There is a high level of need for these services, especially in the most deprived areas.”

The proposed CPF budget for 2013 is £339,000, and £309,000 in 2014.

Funding for 2014 depends on available budgets and successful delivery of projects in the first year.

The grants have been agreed subject to budget approval in 2013 and 2014.