Second Round Grant Applications Now Open!

The Foreshore Trust has launched the second round of their pilot combined grant scheme for 2019-20 following the recent allocation of grants for the first round launched in April. 

For the previous seven years grants were offered separately: Small Grants up to £2,500 and Events Grants of up to £2,000 alternating every six months. By combining the two, the Trust hopes to encourage a more diverse range of applications, particularly from those not already aware of the scheme. Raising the maximum grant to £6,000 also makes these grants more attractive. 

The second round opened on 28th October and closes on 18th December. Like the first, it invites applications from voluntary and community groups offering services or activities, or those running events within Hastings and St. Leonards. A total of about £45,000 is available for the programme.

Grants for the first round were awarded to organisations as diverse as a Greek drama workshop and another providing relief and prevention of poverty caused by debt.

For those not familiar with the Foreshore Trust, it is responsible for land between high and low water from Bulverhythe to the Stade and was bought by Hastings Corporation in 1888. This land is now built up and incorporates car parks and amusements from which it draws its income. 

The Foreshore Trust became a registered charity in 2006 and it is now administered by HBC with a Charity Committee made up of three members of the HBC Cabinet (see Hastings In Focus What is the Foreshore Trust and what does it do? for more details).

A ‘Protector’, appointed by the Charity Commission, acts as an independent watchdog over the Trust. An independent Grant Advisory Panel advises the Charity Committee on the allocation of grants with final decision for this round being made by the end of March 2020.

To request an application pack email [email protected]


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