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About Micro Grants

DWBL offers grants of up to £300 to community and voluntary groups who need a small funding boost to start a new project or improve the services that they already provide, for example;

  • Towards a small scale project, such as a workshop or one off event
  • Towards  equipment or items which would enable an organisation to work in our area

Micro grants can be applied for at any time in the year, they will be discussed at the board meeting which falls after they are submitted. The DWBL board meets once a month on the second Tuesday of the month.

We ask that if you plan to apply for a Micro grant that you submit your application at least 7 days before a board meeting as applications submitted very close to a meeting date will be delayed to the following month as our agenda is set 7 days before each meeting.

You can contact for an application pack or more information on our Micro grants or you can download a copy of the application form here.


Café waste not

Café waste not are a community group who use waste and home-grown food to cook healthy meals for the community in exchange for a small donation. In 2016 they were awarded a micro grant to purchase a new freezer for YMCA Charlies on Seaside, their main base. This allows the group to freeze any leftovers which are shared with the YMCAs young clients.

Hippodrome Mural

DWBL funded local artist, Clare Hackney, to create a beautiful mural on the side of The Royal Hippodrome Theater on Seaside, depicting some of the great acts that have visited this historic theater in the past.

Seaside Community Hub Mural

Seaside Community Hub opened in November 2016 offering local people a place to go, meet their neighbors, take part in free and low-cost activities and look for support from their local community. To brighten up this new space, DWBL funded local artist Clare Hackney to decorate a large unused way in the building with a beautiful seaside landscape.

Judith Alder: Once in a Univers

Using DWBL funding, local artist Judith Alder hopes to give local people the opportunity to explore their creative side through a number of sessions run in conjuncture with the Devoshire Collective. These sessions include inter-generational Cyanotype sessions with local group FotoFonty and ceramic workshops for over 65’s in partnership with Eastbourne Studio Pottery.

Creative Café

The Creative Café is a free, resident run craft group operating out of Seaside Community Hub. It offers local people a free, informal opportunity to socialize and meet their neighbors, sharing skills and stories. Funding from DWBL allowed the group to purchase craft supplies to help the group expand and try new crafts together.

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4 months ago
Photos from Devonshire West Big Local's post

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