More than £14,000 awarded to Crawley community groups

Councillors awarded more than £14,000 to local charities from a county council fund.

During its last meeting of the financial year, West Crawley County Local Committee gave out the final £14,327.89 of Community Initiative Funding from its £30,000 pot.

The meeting was held at Crawley Library on Thursday (March 20). The amount included £1,000 for Crawley’s food bank.

David Clay, senior development officer at Crawley Community Voluntary Service, who runs the food bank, said it provided 55,000 meals and emergency food parcels last year.

Mr Clay said: “This is an absolutely wonderful, generous and unexpected donation and we will make sure that every penny goes to those deserving people and we are very very grateful.”

The Springboard Project, a charity which helps families with disabled children, received £2,752.

Cllr Brenda Smith (Lab, Langley Green & West Green) said: “This is something I’m so pleased about. I wish the project every success they’ve really worked hard to get to Crawley.”

A total of £3,000 was granted to 2nd Ifield St Margaret’s Scout Group.

The group had received £1,500 from the Sussex Community Foundation recently.

Brian Eastman, group president, said: “We are delighted to receive these grants.

“It means we can continue to support the boys and girls of this scout group, improve the range and quality of activities and expand to take in those waiting to join us.”

Broadfield Youth Community Centre received £2,056 of their £2,485 bid to go towards a replacement kitchen.

Cllr Brian Quinn (Lab, Broadfield) said: “I’ve been there a few times. They need a new kitchen badly, it hasn’t been done for many years.”

Crawley Festival received £3,333. Cllr Michael Jones (Lab, Southgate & Crawley) said: “Crawley Festival puts on many great events that bring music and culture to our people.”

The committee gave Crawley Youth Community Centre £1,667 to pay for a new boiler and wood pellet burning systems.