West Sussex County Council receives more than £51k in fund bids


MORE than £19,000 has been given to community groups and projects in the Observer area.

However, not everyone was so lucky as bids for grants from the south Chichester area added up to £51,717 – leaving a shortfall of more than £30,000.

Demand across the county for the prevention and wellbeing pot was more than double that available at £410,832.17.

Of the 31 groups that applied, just over two thirds were successful, leaving ten organisations with their requests declined.

Sports Dream, a Selsey charity supporting a variety of sports charities and clubs, was one of those left 

“The grant application was to help with some of the core costs such as insurance that we have to pay each year,” said project manager Mike Nichols.

“I’m not aware of the reasons why it was turned down this year, but Sports Dream has benefited from the generosity of the grants 
from the county council over the years, mainly for facilities and equipment, so I am certainly not critical of it.

“Sometimes I think you just have to face the fact the money wasn’t around to use.”

Of the remaining 21 organisations, ten, including Action for Deafness, Boxgrove 60+ lunch club and St John’s Church, Southbourne, received 100 per cent of the amount applied for.

“It’s very exciting,” said Jon Robinson, youth worker at St John’s Church, revealing the funds were intended for a special bus.

“The money is so we can kit the bus out for youth clubs, community talks from the police and teas for the older generations.

“We’ve also been approached by a group who want to use it as a mobile cinema. It is being worked on over summer and the hope is to launch in September.”

A further six of the groups received 50 per cent or more of their bids and the final five were given between 20 per cent and 42 per cent.

Coastal West Sussex Mind – Chichester, received £1,000 of its £4,980 bid.

The largest grants, of £2,000 each, went to Selsey District Carers Support Group, Southbourne and District Age Concern and St John’s Church, Southbourne.

The funds were distributed at the end of the south Chichester county local committee last week, where Margaret Evans was re-elected as chairman.

“It is wonderful to be able to help so many good causes, who each play an important role in helping to 
reduce social isolation,” she said.

“We wanted to ensure as many of our residents as possible can benefit and 
we hope to have achieved that by selecting a range of different organisations across our area.”

All grants considered by the south Chichester county local committee, and the results, are in the table below.