As well as offering small grants to community groups and residents, Devonshire West Big Local also offers larger grants to improve local community buildings or community assets.
Below are some of our previous successful facilities grants.
The historic Leaf Hall has been a center piece of the Devonshire community for more than a hundred years, now a community arts center and community cafe it offers a space for local people to come together. With DWBL funding Leaf Hall management committee hope to make the hall more access to people with mobility problems or wheelchairs, allowing even more people to use and enjoy the space.
Royal Hippodrome Theater
The Hippodrome Theater is the oldest theater in Eastbourne and is seeped in local history, but there has been a sad lack of investment in this lovely building in recent years. DWBL have part funded a large regeneration project which will see the theaters exterior and lobby area given a new lease of life, supporting the theater to offer its business to the community for many years to come.
Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society
The EODS center at 96 Seaside is another historic local building. Now run by the Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society, a local theater group, the building is used to host local plays and productions and can be rented out by the community for events. With DWBL funding EODS were able to refurbish the buildings entrance making it safe, accessible and appealing, encouraging its use as a community space.
The Devonshire Collective
With funding from DWBL, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Housing Investment Company supported the transformation of three of its properties on Seaside Road and Seaside into creative spaces for the benefit of local creatives and community members. These innovative spaces include a café and gallery, artists workshops and studios and a rentable meeting venue and offer a huge variety of low cost exhibitions, workshops, events and experiences to local people.
Friends of Seaside Rec
DWBL has repeatedly invested in Seaside Recreational Ground over the last two years, working with Friends of Seaside Rec and the local council to transform the underused space into a place where everyone in the community can go and enjoy themselves. With support from DWBL the park now has noticeboards and signs to inform the community what is happening at the park, a brand-new play park and a set of picnic benches, including a bench with special wheelchair access.