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Grants and Donations

We would like to advise you that the Westgate-on-Sea Town Council's 2020 Small Grants Scheme application period for community organisation projects to be held in Westgate or undertaken by residents of Westgate will reopen on 1st April 2020.  It will be opened for a period of six weeks until 15th May 2020 to invite further applications.  If you are intending to hold an event, form a new constituted not-for-profit community group or start a project in the future, you will need to complete the Small Grants Scheme application form.  We have also supplied a Guidance Document to assist with the application process.  Please be advised that we can only accept Small Grants applications for events/projects/capital expenditure that is proposed to take place after 1st April 2020.  The amount of money available is set annually in the budget of the Council, grants will normally be up to a maximum of £500.00, although higher amounts will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Westgate-on-Sea Town Council wishes to encourage and support a diverse range of high quality, innovative and ambitious events and projects that engage local residents and visitors alike.

Before making your application please read the Small Grants Scheme policy and make sure you answer all of the questions on the application form as fully and accurately as possible.  Please send the completed application form to the Town Clerk if you would like to apply for a grant.  All applications are scored against set criteria by a panel of elected members.  If you have any questions please do ask; you can email Gill Gray at [email protected]

Successful applicants will be required to make a presentation at the Town Council's next Annual General Meeting showing -

What support was given
How it made a difference

The Town Council would like to be included in any publicity material.

Funding testimonials

Westgate United Services Club – ‘’The Councils funding helped us achieve the wonderful success of our Charity Family Funday on the 1st July last year. 100% of the proceeds went to the “Rainbow ward” at the QEQM, Hospital. It took months of preparation to achieve this day, we collected a grand total of £2105.85 and a further £233 on a later presentation night. In total the fun day cost £1200 of which included our Town Councils funding, without that we could never of achieved the amount we did in which we are all very grateful for.’’

Westgate Youth Project – ‘’In 2016 our committee took the very difficult decision to close the project due to lack of funding. We had sufficient funds to continue to run our project until the end of February 2017, but unfortunately, without funding we could no longer provide Westgate with this much-needed service, At the end of March, Westgate town council stepped in to help us, they approved a grant of £4,000 to continue the project while we sought new funding streams and gained charity status.

Westgate Youth Project launched the Umbrella club in May 2017 as a targeted provision for young people with a hidden disability, an often under represented and isolated group. Young people that attend are able to make new connections, cultivate a sense of belonging, access information and advice in a way that suits their needs and take part in meaningful activities in a safe, nurturing and positive environment.

Since receiving the Town Councils grant we have been successful in securing grants totalling more than £46,752 and we have also secured our charity status. Without the foresight from Westgate Town Council to enable us to continue to operate, we would not be operating now. I want to thank Westgate Town Council for their support for this important service.’’

Westgate Against Rubbish – ‘’The funding received from the Town Council was used so that we could provide food for our Christmas partly in November 2017 as a way to give thanks to our volunteers for all of their hard work since we began in 2015. Westgate against rubbish was very grateful for this opportunity’’

Westgate-on-Sea Scout Group – ‘’Westgate-on-Sea Scout Group is growing and going from strength to strength, we currently have 50 children and 15 adult members which is more than twice the size we were this time last year. Our aim as part of the Scouting movement is to help young people develop through learning through doing, responsibility, teamwork, taking acceptable risks and independent thinking.

Money donated to our Scout Group has been used to purchase an event shelter and flag. They will help us raise the profile of the group, advertise the movement, promote the sections at events and provide weather cover whilst at camps.’’