Call for projects for Community Led Local Development Funding now live

Call for projects for Community Led Local Development Funding now live

Call for projects for Community-led Local Development Funding now live

Connecting Hastings and Rother Together (CHART) is a Community-led Local Development Programme with access to some £2.8m of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) to support projects that bring a fresh approach to tackling deep-rooted problems in deprived communities within Hastings and Bexhill.

Organisations can apply for funding to create programmes that will help people in these areas to find and keep jobs, including setting up their own business.   There are four strands to the programme:

  1. Community Assets: investment in local physical assets for employability and community benefit.
  2. Enterprise and Business Support: stimulating local entrepreneurship and business growth, including self-employment.
  3. Community Development and Outreach: capacity building for local communities and organisations.
  4. Employability Support: direct support to the most vulnerable unemployed to gain employment.

The first call for project proposals is now open.  This call will prioritise projects with a total project value of £1m.

This call is issued by Hastings Borough Council on behalf of the Connecting Hastings and Rother Together (CHART) Local Action Group.  It invites applications in respect of CHART funding from European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund for England 2014 to 2020.

If your organisation or partnership is interested in applying for CHART funding for your project, we would suggest you take the following steps:

Step 1:  Read the “Call for Projects”, Expression of Interest Form Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and relevant sections of the Grant Recipient Handbook for your funding stream.

Step 2:  Make a note of any questions or comments you may have.  You can either contact the CHART Programme Team to discuss them (

Step 3:  Complete your Expression of Interest form and return it to the CHART Programme Team by the closing date.

Projects must finish activity by March 2022.

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