Youth projects, village halls and charities are just a few of the 52 causes which have benefitted from £519,500 worth of funding in 2015/16.
Made available through the West Sussex County Council Members’ Big Society Fund, the money was allocated in three separate stages during the year, with the final 21 projects sharing a total of £194,500. This final round was 2.6 times oversubscribed, with applications received amounting to £506,575.
Cabinet Member for Finance, Jeremy Hunt, said: “A wide range of excellent projects are being made possible thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of local people. The funding made available this year via the Members’ Big Society Fund has helped to support many of these important causes.
“We have been overwhelmed by the passion people have shown in their applications and we look forward to seeing these local groups becoming the success stories of the future.”
Autism Support Crawley is one of the groups to benefit from the latest round of funding. The application, on behalf of a group of parents from Crawley, was to introduce changing facilities for older children and adults with learning difficulties in Crawley Town Centre. Only two towns in West Sussex currently have these facilities and the £17,000 funding will now pay for a changing area which will benefit families across the area.
The Worthing Dementia Action Alliance will also benefit from £1,700 of funding in order to develop an online Dementia Directory. The alliance, which is formed of local people, social-care professionals, voluntary organisations and local businesses, will use the online directory to list dementia friendly services. This will help people living with dementia, as well as their carers, to find places where they can get help from people who are dementia aware.
The latest projects to receive funding from the Member’s Big Society Fund are:
• Bognor Regis Museum’s Beach House Project - £7,500
• Bognor Regis My Sisters' House - £17,900
• Bosham Football Club - £10,400
• Chichester Look and See - £12,900
• Chichester SPRING for Youth Project’s redesign and refurbish - £16,800
• Crawley 2nd Ifield Scouts - £5,000
• Crawley Autism Support ‘s changing places - £17,000
• Crawley Broadfield Youth and Community Centre - £3,500
• Crawley Town Community Foundation - £5,400
• Cuckfield Warden Park Academy 3G pitch (subject to planning approval) - £5,000
• East Grinstead Museum’s Celebration of Markets and Fairs - £6,800
• East Preston 1st East Preston Scouts - £5,000
• Fishbourne Pre-School - £15,000
• Fulking Village Hall’s roof repairs - £6,600
• Horsham Matters Vehicle for towing Street Sports equipment - £9,000
• Lancing Growing 2gether - £11,000
• Southwick Cricket Club Shoreham Academy cricket nets - £15,000
• Worthing Activus - £10,500
• Worthing Dementia Action Alliance - £1,700
• Worthing Maybridge Centre Therapeutic Garden Breathing Spaces - £10,500
• Yapton and Ford Village Hall - £2,000
In order to be considered for Big Society funding, the proposal must have had the support of the local County Councillor; have been of significance to a local community or West Sussex as a whole; been both sustainable and of lasting benefit; and consistent with the County Council’s aims and objectives.
People interested in finding out more should visit www.westsussex.gov.uk and search for Big Society Fund.