More than £250,000 windfall for Eastbourne community groups

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A total of £259,500 will be shared between community groups across Eastbourne – including £115,000 for the town’s CAB.

Cabinet councillors at Eastbourne Borough Council agreed the allocation last night (Wednesday, December 9).

Services for the homeless, young people and Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau are among the groups to receive financial support.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet member for Direct Assistant Services, said, “Our community groups carry out invaluable work in Eastbourne and we are committed to supporting them.

“The voluntary sector has been affected by spending cuts at a time when many people need their help the most, particularly as a result of reductions in welfare payments.

“While other local authorities are scaling down their grants in the wake of government cuts, we are protecting our support for local groups.”

The following grants are being awarded:

Advice and Financial Inclusion Services

- Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau - £115,000

- Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre – £4,000

Youth Engagement and Activities

- Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA - £40,000

Services to Homeless People

- Salvation Army - £30,000

Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations

- 3VA - £14,000

Housing Advice/Homelessness Prevention

- BHT Eastbourne Advice - £56,500

This money from the Community Grants Programme covers a three-year period. A further £60,000 will be given out to community groups this year in small grants (up to a maximum of £10,000).

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