On 8th May, The Hastings Opportunity Area launched a £250,000 fund for community organisations to deliver free enrichment activities for Hastings’ children and young people. Local organisations that provide activities such as art, sports, technology, sport, music, food and outdoor pursuits will be able to apply for funding.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that run through the summer holidays, with further grants available of up to £50,000 for activities that run after school and on weekends during the 2019/20 academic year, community organisations and activity providers were told at the launch in Horntye Park.

More than £230,000 of funding has already been awarded to 40 arts, music, sport, outdoors and tech activities for around 1,500 children and young people within communities in Hastings and St Leonards.

Graham Peters, Chair of the Hastings Opportunity Area Broadening Horizons Working Group, said: “We’re delighted to offer another 12 months of funding for activities taking place within Hastings’ communities. The town is well known as a cultural and creative hub, but many local children and young people do not access what is on offer. That’s why we’re prioritising bids which actively engage with children and young people who don’t usually benefit from enrichment activities.”

The funding is part of the work by Hastings Opportunity Area – a Department for Education programme to help young people overcome obstacles to fulfil their potential and get on in life.

ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY

The conference covered the successes and learnings from the past 12 months including Premier League football club Brighton & Hove Albion’s ‘Albion in the Community’ programme, which has provided free summer holiday and after school sessions for over 20 regular attendees.

As well as sports, the programme has also funded multiple arts projects, including services run by The Electric Palace, Culture Shift and Jerwood Gallery as well as music projects run by Rythmix. The nationally acclaimed dance company, Hofesh Shechter, are currently working with 60 secondary school students who will be taking part in an intensive eight week course where they will be choreographing their own piece culminating in a series of performances later this summer.

FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

Since 2018, Hastings Opportunity Area has also awarded £350,000 funding for primary and secondary schools and colleges in the area to run their own enrichment activities. Since 2018 these have included trampolining club at Ark Blacklands, a school wide arts and animation project at Robsack Wood and Rainbow Club at Torfield. Peters added “Broadening children and young people’s outlook and experience with access to activities like sport, the arts and the outdoors incredibly important. We’ve been delighted to work with some inspiring service providers, many from Hastings, over the last 12 months, and we’re very pleased to be in a position to launch a funding round for this year, to ensure that even more children will benefit.”

Attendees heard that grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that run through the summer holidays, with further grants available of up to £50,000 for activities that run after school and on weekends during the 2019/20 academic year, community organisations and activity providers were told at the launch in Horntye Park.

More than £230,000 of funding has already been awarded to 40 arts, music, sport, outdoors and tech activities for around 1,500 children and young people within communities in Hastings and St Leonards.

The funding is part of the work by Hastings Opportunity Area – a Department for Education programme to help young people overcome obstacles to fulfil their potential and get on in life.

ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY

The conference covered the successes and learnings from the past 12 months including Premier League football club Brighton & Hove Albion’s ‘Albion in the Community’ programme, which has provided free summer holiday and after school sessions for over 20 regular attendees.

As well as sports, the programme has also funded multiple arts projects, including services run by The Electric Palace, Culture Shift and Jerwood Gallery as well as music projects run by Rythmix. The nationally acclaimed dance company, Hofesh Shechter, are currently working with 60 secondary school students who will be taking part in an intensive eight week course where they will be choreographing their own piece culminating in a series of performances later this summer.

FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

Since 2018, Hastings Opportunity Area has also awarded £350,000 funding for primary and secondary schools and colleges in the area to run their own enrichment activities. Since 2018 these have included trampolining club at Ark Blacklands, a school wide arts and animation project at Robsack Wood and Rainbow Club at Torfield.

Graham Peters, chair of the Hastings Opportunity Area Broadening Horizons Working Group said: “Broadening children and young people’s outlook and experience with access to activities like sport, the arts and the outdoors incredibly important. We’ve been delighted to work with some inspiring service providers, many from Hastings, over the last 12 months, and we’re very pleased to be in a position to launch a funding round for this year, to ensure that even more children will benefit.”

If you are a service provider looking to apply for funding, please email below for more information.

Laura.Starkin@eastsussex.gov.uk

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