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Facilities Grants

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.

Leaf Hall

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.

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It was great to see so many of you at Friends Seaside Rec Family Funday yesterday. Keep an eye out for the winter edition of our community newsletter to find out more!

4 months ago
Clean Air Eastbourne

Thanks to DWBL and Clean Air Eastbourne Have built the air quality monitor which now works ok. Now all that is left is to position the monitor, overlooking Seaside ... See more

We run a network of citizen science air pollution monitors in Eastbourne. See our live data

4 months ago
Community Stuff

It's Summer Holiday time!
Community Stuff are offering free holiday activities at Seaside Rec, Eastbourne every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-3pm from today until 22nd August.

Are you ready for the Summer Holiday? We at Community Stuff are, we have just packed the van full of toys, bats, balls, skipping ropes, hula hoops, stilts, giant jenga, giant connect four and much ... See more

5 months ago
Clean Air Eastbourne

Clean Air Eastbourne are running a FREE air quality monitor build session on Monday 23rd July, 3pm - 5pm at Devonshire Collective.

This Devonshire West Big Local funded project provides free air ... See more

We're running another air quality monitor build session on Monday 23rd July - 3pm to 5pm - for Devonshire West residents.

Monitors are used to record levels of particulate pollution, and will form ... See more

5 months ago

Thanks to Tony in supporting the Friends of Seaside rec this morning. Putting up the banners for our annual FUN DAY. Sunday 5 August