DWBL Invested in Community Venues to Increase the Number of Places Which Can Be Used to Host Community Activities.

Seaside Community Hub – Community Facilities Grants – £62,308

DWBL contributed to running costs between 2016 and 2022 by which time they had built up operating reserves. During this time volunteers provided a range of services and activities such as access to the internet and IT support, a Community Fridge, and a drop in café to provide coffee and companionship. This funding has also enabled the Hub to provide a base for DWBL Funded activity by other providers.

Devonshire Collective – Community Facilities Grants – £60,000

The contribution was towards their operating costs during the initial three years of operation when income was insufficient to cover all costs. DC3 on the right was designed to be available for community lets.

The Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society – Community Facilities Grants – £7,600

The Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society is housed in a former slipper baths.
Grants awarded:
£5,100 – Rebuild front entrance.
£2,500 – Resurface path to facilitate disabled access to enhance its use by the community.

Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre – Community Facilities Grants – £10,000

Leaf Hall is a grade 2 listed building and is the first working men’s institute in Eastbourne. In addition to the £73,730 awarded under the heritage buildings grant stream DWBL awarded:
£10,000 – To deal with the consequences of Covid lockdown and a period of partial closure when reduced income did not cover costs.