Seventeen organisations supported by Chichester City Council

GENEROUS grants have been awarded to 17 not-for-profit organisations in Chichester.

Chichester City Council granted a total of £32,008 from its discretional grant budget at a meeting last Wednesday, inviting the organisations to pick up their cheques.

Debbie Ford, director Chichester Cinema at New Park, thanked the mayor and city councillors for the £1,000 grant.

“It is very gratefully received,” she said.

Chichester Tree Warden group was awarded £390, and £360 was awarded to Consort of Twelve.

Fire Safety Friends of Russia was awarded £500 to further their links with other fire services.

Friends of Chartres, who have organised an art competition was awarded £1,000. Ray Brown, from the organisation said: “Thank you very much for this cheque.

“It is really appreciated. We expect our numbers to increase, and with that comes increased cost. “Children get a really big kick out of seeing their work on display.

“We hope that in the future some of these children will continue their interest in art.”

New Park Centre was granted £5,000 to be put towards a foyer area, and Friends of St John’s Chapel were awarded £750.

Lavant Road surgery patient participation group was awarded £890, and the Royal Sussex Regimental Association were awarded £4,000.

St Wilfrids Hospice was awarded £3,000, and Sammy Community Transport was granted £5,000 to support the organisation.

South Downs Planetarium, Swanfield Park Residents Neighbourhood group, The Murray Club, Transition Chichester and Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester were also awarded grants.