Connecting Hastings and Rother Together (CHART) is a Community-led Local Development Programme with access to some £2.8m of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) to support projects that bring a fresh approach to tackling deep-rooted problems in deprived communities within Hastings and Bexhill.

Organisations can apply for funding to create programmes that will help people in these areas to find and keep jobs, including setting up their own business.

A Local Action Group (LAG) made up of local residents as well as public, private, voluntary and community organisations will help with the delivery of the programme and take decisions on approving applications for grants.

There are four strands to the programme:
1. investment in local physical assets for employability and community benefit;
2. stimulating local entrepreneurship and business growth, including self-employment;
3. capacity-building for local communities and organisations;
4. direct support to the most vulnerable unemployed to gain employment.

The first call for project applications, incorporating one or more of these work packages, went live on 28 June 2018, with a second call for all work packages in the spring of 2019. For more information, visit

Hastings Borough Council is the Accountable Body for the CHART programme and will oversee the administration and management of CHART. The programme and successfully funded projects will be delivered by early 2022.

The project is receiving up to £3,698,538 of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This figure includes up to £898,537.67 to support the management and administration of the programme by the accountable body as well as the £2.8m to support projects within the local community.

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