Newly-independent Rye charity shop’s first grant scheme

Amber Rudd with members of the Rye Community Shop management team when it reopened in February. Photo by John Wylie
Amber Rudd with members of the Rye Community Shop management team when it reopened in February. Photo by John Wylie

A newly-independent charity shop in Rye is inviting organisations to apply for the first round of its grant scheme since reopening.

The Rye Community Shop used to be joint-owned with charity ARRCC but its management decided to go solo and reopened under its new name earlier this year.

Amber Rudd helped present the cheques to charities on behalf of the Rye Community Charity Shop in October

Amber Rudd helped present the cheques to charities on behalf of the Rye Community Charity Shop in October

It always used to hand out grants every year and is continuing the tradition in 2016 with applications open from Friday (July 1).

Charities, community groups and organisations need to demonstrate how the funds would benefit the area in their applications.

More than £11,000 had been given to community groups before the shop on Cinque Ports Street closed in September.

Around £5,000 was given out to numerous groups for last year’s scheme at the Pipemaker’s Arms in October.

The shop reopened a few doors down the road in February with its patron MP Amber Rudd cutting the ribbon after achieving charity status.

The Rye Community Shop is run by volunteers relying entirely upon donations from the community.

Further information and application forms are available from the shop at 41 Cinque Ports Street, or by contacting Dave Pellen by calling 01797 223467 or emailing dave.pellen@btinternet.com.

Closing date for applications is July 31.

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