A council grants scheme offering up to £10,000 has opened for applications, with a closing date set for just over a month’s time.
Newhaven Town Council said that its “discretionary grant scheme” would make funding available to community groups and associations across the area.
Small grants are worth up to £500. Large grants are worth between £500 and £3,000. And community partnership grants are worth up to £10,000.
The council said: “If your organisation can address one or more of the following criteria then you may be able to apply.”
The criteria include charitable and non-profit making organisations based in Newhaven. They must be established for charitable, benevolent, social, cultural, recreational or philanthropic purposes with a clearly stated social ambition for the local community.
The local branches of national charities can apply – but they are only eligible where the grant can be used for the direct benefit of Newhaven residents
Any Newhaven-based club, association, charity or sports club serving a specific section of the community or the community as a whole can apply.
The criteria also include social enterprises that can show how their initiatives will have a positive and sustainable impact on the port town.
Applicants will be expected to show, if appropriate, that child and vulnerable adult safeguarding measures are in place.
These would usually be in the form of an appropriate policy requiring those working directly with children and vulnerable adults to be checked and approved through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 18 February.
The council asked that applicants read the grant policy and guidelines before completing an application form.
The policy and application forms can be downloaded from Newhaven Town Council’s website.
Or applicants can contact the town council offices on 01273 516100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of other councils are currently running similar schemes.