Thousands given to Crawley groups – but there’s not enough cash for everyone

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Thousands of pounds in grants have been handed to community groups – but lack of money left many more disappointed.

At a meeting of the East Crawley County Local Committee (CLC) on Thursday (June 12), members were informed applications totalling £37,926 had been received for the latest round of Prevention and Wellbeing Grants.

The money allocated to the CLC by West Sussex County Council for the year was just £9,789, meaning only around one-quarter of the money applied for could be given.

Committee chairman Cllr Richard Burrett (Con, Pound Hill & Worth) said: “Because we were so highly over-subscribed, we had to be quite strict in applying the criteria.

“With a number of organisations, what they were asking for didn’t quite fit 100 per cent. For that reason we have had to decline a number.”

Among the 19 successful bids was Crawley Community Transport, which received £500; Darby and Joan Crawley, which received £356; and the Kashmiri Women’s Welfare Association, which received £750.

Among the nine who were turned down was the Crawley Deaf Club, which applied for £450 to go towards information and communication work. The committee ruked the organisation had “good reserves” so no money would be allocated.

Crawley Town Football Club asked for £2,365 to help fund its Walking Football for the over 50s project.

The committee said it supported the concept but told the club to find funds elsewhere.

The meeting was told the two Crawley CLCs were the most over-subscribed when it came to grant applications.

Cllr Bob Lanzer (Con, Maidenbower) said: “It’s a useful measure of the commitment and energy of the people who apply for the grants.”

At the same meeting, two grants were handed out from the Community Initiative Fund. The 2nd Ifield Scouts received £375 to go towards the fitting out of their HQ, while the Spingboard Project, in Langley Green, received £3,111.12 to go towards the cost of a new roof.

An application from Crawley Town FC Community Sports Foundation for £1,743.51 for a marquee, inflatable and laptops was deferred. The committee had already approved an application for £209.78 from the Golden Lions Children’s Trust.