Bike scheme gets £1,000 boost in grant handout

A MOTORCYCLE project for young people in Bexhill has received a £1,000 boost thanks to a community grant.

South Coast Pits will provide a scheme in the town for young people aged between eight and 16 to ride pit bikes in a safe and legal environment.

Rother District Council’s Cabinet committee agreed the funds at its meeting on Monday.

This is just one of a host of projects to receive funding through Rother’s community grant scheme. The council funding pot helps out with good causes – especially those that feature in Local Action Plan documents that set down the future aspirations of villages and towns.

Now the council is asking more community groups to apply for the grants.

Recent funding awards include £9,600 to Churches Together to help run a Foodbank scheme, £4,000 to the Friends of St Mary’s, in Rye, towards their Rye Tudor Clock Project and a similar sum to Sedlescombe Parish Council for its playing field and recreation ground.

Applications should be from properly constituted groups which serve the community of Rother.

Grants are to be used to ‘pump prime’ new projects that enjoy local support.

A spokesperson for Rother said: “The council asks that the project is sustainable (i.e. can operate in the longer term) and that funding has been obtained from other sources. Other funding could be from local voluntary groups, fund raising or other regional or national organisations”

Small grants of up to £5,000 are available, of which 30 per cent of the total project cost must come through local support.

Larger grants of up to £30,000 are also available. This is limited to 50 per cent of the total project cost.

The deadline for this round of applications is January 31. The Grants Panel meets to discuss applications and make recommendations to Cabinet in March 2013.

• For more information on community grants and the applications criteria visit or contact Rother District Council via email at