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Hastings Borough Council invited primary schools and academies in Hastings to submit an application for a small grant to introduce students in Reception, Y1 and Y2 to employability and enterprise linked to STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths and Medicine)

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Schools were encouraged to develop projects that included links to Hastings that could be delivered outside the classroom and feature either one or a combination of the thematic areas of STEAMM.

“We’re really pleased to announce that Christchurch School and Sacred Heart RC School are both successful applicants and have secured a grant of £500 each to develop their projects”, said Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for regeneration.

She added, “Christ Church’s project is designed to encourage confident mathematicians in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to use their skills in a real life situation.  The project will be an opportunity to develop employability skills, raise aspirations and safely grow and prepare food for sale.

“Sacred Heart’s project is designed to encourage Year 2 students to learn about architecture through the years, leading to an enterprise project where participants are able to sell the goods they have designed. We look forward to seeing the schools’ project presentations in due course”

Hastings Borough Council announces the organisations that were successful in their bid for the £30,000 Anniversary Community Grants Fund 2016

The 1066 Anniversary Community Grants Fund 2016 grants scheme was set up to help the communities of Hastings mark the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings. The fund is to help local community groups to hold their own events or projects as part of the town’s anniversary activities.

Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for regeneration explained:

“A particular focus for this one-off grants programme was to support activities in more isolated and disadvantaged communities where the main 950th anniversary programme of events will not be staged.

“We wanted the fund to support a range of projects which enabled people to mark the anniversary in any way that included cultural or community events, educational activities or more permanent memorials. The activities were for small groups and schools and had to take place during 2016 within the borough of Hastings”.

The funds were hugely oversubscribed but finally fourteen organisations and groups were selected to benefit from the £30,000 fund.

The grants ranged from £500 to St Leonards Primary Academy for an educational school trip to Battle Abbey and up to £2640 awarded to Women’s Voice for Echoing Jeremy Birch’s One Hastings Many Voices. Their aim is to encourage social cohesion using cooking to bring women together to share skills and learn about which types of food were eaten in 1066. And, £3000 was awarded to aGender for a 1066 Anniversary Steam Print Spectacular; following the battles of 1066 -2016 and how to resolve them a series of print-making workshops where people’s creations will be shown at the Stade as part of Hastings Cartoon Festival.

“We are delighted that so many groups and organisations were keen to get involved with the 950th celebrations and look forward to seeing all the winning projects come to fruition” added Cllr Poole.


East Sussex County Council are helping companies in East Sussex with grants and loans through a new funding scheme delivered by Locate East Sussex.

The grants/loans are being offered to companies to help them grow and create new jobs.

The grants and loans for businesses are as follows:

  • Business Growth Fund provides grant and loan funding for capital investment to support job creation.  The Business Growth Fund is only available to micro, small and medium (SME) businesses (under 250 employees) and start ups.
  • Upgrading Empty Commercial Property Fund is aimed at companies that are planning to refurbish, upgrade or convert empty or underused commercial premises.
  • The Business incubator fund supports the creation (new build or conversion) of a minimum of three Incubation Centres.

Information on the Business Growth fund  is available at www.locateeastsussex.org.uk and application forms for grants and loans are available from Locate East Sussex on request by email or phone 01424 205085.



Posted by: In: Grants, Sport 20 Feb 2015 Comments: 0 Tags: ,

Would you like to receive a grant of up to £300 to set up a sport or activity club in your workplace? Well you can now as Active Hastings grants are available today which means you could have a new activity or sport for your colleagues to take part in.

You could have a lunch time Pilates class or an after work football session or you could hire out a few badminton courts for a knock adminnewsabout, or implement a pedometer challenge. You could also use it to purchase some free weights to start your very own gym.

Active Hastings can also support you in finding a venue or an instructor to get your idea up and running. Activities or clubs can either be on site or at an external venue, and can be open to workplace colleagues, family and friends.

All you need to do is fill in the attached application form here and return it to activehastings@hastings.gov.uk. It’s that easy!

Applications are accepted until 31st March 2015.