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Grants

Community Grants application process 2024/2025

The Parish Council awards small grants to local voluntary groups and charities who need financial assistance and who provide services which directly aim to improve the quality of life of residents in our Parish. Priority is given in line with the Council’s Action Plan. We aim to support a range of projects, with a focus on supporting groups who provide services aimed at the most vulnerable and those who are socially or economically disadvantaged.  Applications should provide details of the project/activity and specifically how Parish residents are expected to benefit.

 What we will not fund:

  • Grants to individuals – we cannot pay into personal bank accounts.
  • Private organisations operating as a business to make a profit or surplus.
  • Activities promoting party political activities or religious beliefs.
  • Core education, health, or social service activities, where Central Government, the Health Authority or County Council hold the budget and are the most appropriate funder.

Applications for grants are considered by the Community Engagement Committee at their meetings, the dates for which are laid out below. Please ensure you have read the further information for each type of grant and that you use the correct application form.  All grant applications must be received two weeks before the Committee date, if you require any support with your application, please contact the Parish Office to discuss your needs.

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Community Engagement Committee meeting dates and application deadlines 2024-25

Date of MeetingDeadline for Applications to be received
11th April 2024

 28th March 2024

13th June 2024

30th May 2024

12th September 202429th August 2024
14th November 202431st October 2024
13th February 202530th January 2025

Any grant applications received after the cut-off date will be deferred to the next Community Engagement Meeting.

Outcomes and publicity: 

The Community Engagement committee gift grants on the agreement of receiving written and photographic feedback which may be used in newsletters, Hurst Life articles, social media or on the Parish Council website.  Grant recipients must also acknowledge the Parish Council’s support in annual reports and publicity such as newsletters, websites, and social media.

For 2024/25 the grants budget has been split into the following categories, please ensure you apply using the correct form and guidance:

 

Small Grants 2024/25 Total budget: £4500

 

Small grants of between £50 and £500 can be awarded to local voluntary groups and charities. The group must be a local charity, voluntary or community organisation or a local branch of a national organisation to qualify for support.  The Parish Council defines a voluntary group as a “not-for-profit’ organisation, set up and run by a voluntary, unpaid management committee.

 

In the year 2023/2024, grants were given to a range of organisations including Victim Support, Mid Sussex Radio, St John’s Ambulance, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, 4Sight, the Hurstpierpoint Christmas Toy Bank, What’s On Hurst and The Monday Group.

The application form and supporting information for applicants can be found by clicking the buttons below:

Health and Wellbeing Grants 2024/25 Total budget: £1000

 

The Parish Council introduced a Health and Wellbeing Grants budget for the Community Engagement Committee in the year 2020/21.  Small grants of between £50 and £500 can be awarded to local voluntary groups and charities whose focus is on health and/or wellbeing. The group must be a local charity, voluntary or community organisation or a local branch of a national organisation to qualify for support.  The Parish Council defines a voluntary group as a “not-for-profit’ organisation, set up and run by a voluntary, unpaid management committee.

The Committee in 2023/2024 awarded £500 to both St Catherine’s and St Peter & St James Hospices, who provide vital support for residents facing the end of life.

The application form and supporting information for applicants can be found by clicking the buttons below:

Community Events Grants 2024/25 Total budget: £4000

 

The Parish Council aims to support a range of inclusive community events, these should be free at point of access and available to all residents of the Parish. Events should not be run for profit, unless those profits are fully reinvested into future events.  The grant must not be indirectly re-distributed e.g. to another charity as this is not permissible within the rules of local government. In some cases, the Committee may consider community events grant applications over £500, particularly where an event is well-established and consistently popular.

In 2023/2024 grants were awarded towards Hurst Festival Super Sunday, Santa Fun Sunday and to HURSTfolk Festival.

The application form and supporting information for applicants can be found by clicking the buttons below:

Sustainable Communities Grants 2024/25 Total budget: £1500

These grants are new for 2024/2025 and aim to support projects in the Parish which are aimed at meeting one or more of the Key Objectives in the Parish Council’s Sustainability Strategy i.e.

  • Help nature to recover
  • Reduce waste.
  • Increase access to green spaces.
  • Reduce carbon emissions.
  • Build resilience.

 Small grants of between £50 and £500 can be awarded to local voluntary groups and charities whose focus is on community efforts to address the climate and/or biodiversity crisis. The group must be a local charity, voluntary or community organisation or a local branch of a national organisation to qualify for support.  The Parish Council defines a voluntary group as a “not-for-profit’ organisation, set up and run by a voluntary, unpaid management committee.

The application form and supporting information for applicants can be found by clicking the buttons below:

Health and Wellbeing Projects 2024/25 Total budget: £1500

 

The budget for Health and Wellbeing projects will be spent directly on projects to benefit our community and some may be awarded in grants. We very much welcome your ideas and suggestions with regards to projects – please do get in touch with us via the Parish Office.

In 2023/2024 the Parish Council funded a free defibrillator training session for residents as well as funding tea parties in Sayers Common, through Mid Sussex Older People’s Council.

News and feedback from supported organisations

Victim Support

On behalf of Victim Support I would once again like to say a bit thank you for your continuing to support us and for your recent generous donation of £350.  With your continued support we are able to help many vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime in the area, particularly at this difficult time.  Unfortately we are still supporting a high number of Domestic Violence cases, together with an increase in fraud scams and Hate Crime.

Funds will go to the training of new volunteers and ongoing training of existing volunteers, so that victims and witnesses of crime in your area can be offered support and facilities, on a long or short term basis, depending on their needs.

– Yve Ocana

Volunteer Manager – Sussex

Knit and Natter

We are happy to hear that the funding for the room hire was approved, it is very much appreciated.

The approximate numbers at each meeting is roughly 18, but as you can appreciate it fluctuates.

I’m sure each member enjoys their time at K and N for various reasons, many of them have mentioned the companionship and how they look forward to the meetings, especially on the cold, damp days of winter. Plus the fact that much sharing of knowledge and ideas helps with their next project. Tea and biscuits are an essential part of the afternoon of course, along with a good natter.

 – Trica Bender (Hurstpierpoint Knit and Natter)

FEEDBACK: Sayers Common Tea Parties  

A grant of £500 was awarded to Mid Sussex Older Persons Council (MSOPC) to fund free afternoon teas for the over 60s in Sayers Common.  Less than half of the grant was used to cover the hall hire, food and admin costs. 

MSOPC hope to use the remainder to run a second event and to invite a volunteer to do some first aid training as part of the event.

 

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