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Big Local Small Grants - awards made in December 2023

Residents of North-East Hastings will benefit from the final round of grants following a meeting of the Big Local’s Resident-Led Partnership recently. The ten-year project comes to an end later this year.

Nearly £14,000 was allocated to 14 projects proposed by local organisations covering environmental improvements, practical activities for younger and older members of the community as well as support for community buildings.

Chair of the Resident-Led Partnership that oversees Big Local, Richard Street, said:
“Once again we received a number of applications for grants of up to £1,066 and were delighted to approve most of them. The overriding aim of the grants is to improve the well-being of our residents whether it’s the very popular Forest School in Speckled Wood for children, football coaching for older youngsters or the work of the Men’s Shed, Ore Community Library and Ore Community Centre. Over our 10 years, we’re proud to have been able to improve the lives of local residents albeit in small ways.”

In previous years there were two rounds of small grant awards, in May and November, with up to £1066 available for events and activities that benefit residents of the area.  Big Local has now completed its small grants programme.  In the last ten years over £150,000 has been awarded to over 180 local projects, all delivering activities in North East Hastings for the benefit of residents.

The full list of awards:


Project title

Project description

Groundwork South

Greening for well-being creative family activities at Farley Bank

For the continuation of family engagement projects through Spring 2024

Hastings & St Leonards Men’s Shed

Community Garden

Provision of external water supply, external electricity supply, construction of steps and hire of a skip for grounds clearance

Hastings Story-Telling Festival

Little Angels Theatre at Sandown School

To enable a performance at one of our local primary schools in line with previous years

Hastings & St Leonards Men’s Shed

Towards running costs

To help cover the costs of running this very popular venue providing practical activities for all.

In2Play CIC

Keeping the game alive

To purchase board games for Broom grove, Down Farm and the Adventure Playground

Oasis Community Project

Oasis on the up

To purchase 4 tablets for trustees, IT training and fund an open day

Ore Community Land Trust

Forest School

To continue the popular sessions in Speckled Wood

Ore Community Association

Warm building 2

Panel heating and gutter-cleaning equipment

Ore in Bloom

Replanting the entrance to Ivyhouse Lane industrial estate

To improve the entrance to the estate with planting including plants, tools and wages

Ore Community Library Group

Ore Community Library

To purchase a desk top computer, key board, monitor and mouse and a security chain

Pass + Move Football Coaching

Coaches’ tops and pup up goals

To ensure coaches are recognisable to participants and parents.

Pindrop Trust

Fit for Long Life

Weekly community seated and non-seated exercise classes for older people

Project Rewild CIC

Rewild Hastings

To provide free family forest school afternoons in Speckled Wood during school holidays

St Michael’s Hospice

Pop up Shop and café

Pop up shops, café and activities at Broomgrove Community Centre



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Come and join us!

We are seeking more residents to join the Big Local Resident Led Partnership.  You don’t need any special experience but you should live in the Big Local area and care about what happens to it and the people living in it.  The partnership is a small, friendly group who are all keen to see improvements in the area.  Joining the partnership means attending a monthly meeting (held in the early evening and in the Big Local area) and together with other residents overseeing the delivery of our new action plan.  There are opportunities to get involved with other activities, if you are interested.

For more information contact Jan Papworth, our Community Development Worker on 01424 444010 (Mon-Weds).

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Local Trust

Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust.  Catch up here with the latest Local Trust news, including what’s happening in 150 Big Local areas across England by clicking here.


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