£190k up for grabs to voluntary groups


Voluntary and community organisations in West Sussex are being encouraged to apply for a share of £190,000.

The application process for West Sussex County Council’s Prevention and Wellbeing Grants is now open.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. The funding aims to help innovative, community-based activities for residents, which are designed to enable adults and older people to get out and about, make friends and see others.

Cllr Christine Field, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “Voluntary and community organisations play a vital role in our local communities. They help reduce isolation and they can help to maintain an older person’s independence for longer.

“The Prevention and Wellbeing Grants help these organisations to support the social aspects of people’s lives.

“I would encourage any group who thinks they might be able to benefit from this funding to find out more.”

The closing date for applications is FridayApril 24.

Last year, awards ranged between £250 and £5,000, supporting a range of local voluntary and community activities including tea and chat groups, luncheon clubs, choirs, fitness and learning.

The applications will be assessed by the County Local Committees.

Organisations will be notified of decisions and receive payments in August 2015.

The grants are not available for services or activities designed for Children and People with Learning Disabilities.