Chichester groups benefit from funding boost

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COMMUNITY groups and clubs have won funding in the latest round of grants from Sussex Community Foundation.

Sussex Community Foundation supports local charities and community groups across Sussex.

Observer area groups to receive funding include: Bognor and Chichester Voice, a community group for people with learning difficulties, £2,000 towards running costs; Phoenix Snak Shak Ltd, a mobile fast-food outlet, £2,873 to employ an outreach youth engagement worker; Tangmere Youth Club, £3,500 toward staff and running costs; and Cancer Wise, £4,700 to pay for therapists and counsellors for people living with cancer.

Sussex-wide grants went to: KeepOut Crime Diversion Scheme, £4,000; Cruse Bereavement Care, core funding for bereavement counselling service, £4,500; and Golden Lion Children’s Trust, £1,500 for a Christmas trip to Bluebell Railway’s Santa Special.

“It’s been evident from recent grant applications that the smaller community groups that we tend to fund are struggling harder than ever to keep afloat in the current economic climate,” said grant manager Mary Carruthers.

“So, we are thrilled to have been able to give out such a large pot of cash this time around.”

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