Community grants amount to £17,500

Sompting Village Morris dancing with Old Buccaneers Morris Dancers in East Street, Shoreham, at last year's Adur Festival S22762H14
Sompting Village Morris dancing with Old Buccaneers Morris Dancers in East Street, Shoreham, at last year's Adur Festival S22762H14
  • Adur Competitive Community Grants 2014/15 round three
  • Money provides ‘meaningful support’ to locally-based organisations
  • All applications agreed, some with conditions attached
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ALL five applications in the final round of the Adur Competitive Community Grants for 2014/15 have been approved.

Adur District Council awards the grants three times a year and all applications in round three have been agreed, some with conditions attached.

David Simmons, executive member for health and wellbeing, said the money would help provide meaningful support to locally-based community organisations providing essential services for the district.

Fishersgate Bike Project will receive £4,800 to set up a workshop at the new Shoreham Academy Gateway Centre in Gardner Road.

Mr Simmons said it was a ‘valuable community project’ and part of the money would go towards tools.

Various groups in Fishersgate will be able to use the workshop for training in cycle repairs and a paid sessional worker will be appointed for the first year, to help develop a sustainable volunteer base.

This provides an excellent vehicle to publicise the Adur area, as well as bring in business opportunities for local shops and restaurants and assisting in the regeneration of the district

David Simmons, executive member for health and wellbeing

Friends of Fishersgate Rec, a group of residents who want to increase use of the recreation ground by organising community events, will receive £4,068.

The money will mainly go towards an Easter egg hunt, summer fayre and a Christmas event.

Mr Simmons said some clarification was needed and the group would be asked to link to the Adur Festival, where appropriate.

Shoreham Football Club has been allocated £4,000, subject to provision of further evidence of need.

The money will pay for a new portable building at the Middle Road ground and extra sports equipment for the growing youth membership.

Mr Simmons said: “This project fits in well to our overall strategy of health and well-being, and provides for a whole community response in a club seeking to be at the heart of the local community.”

Sompting Village Morris will receive £3,600 to fund an International Morris Festival in Shoreham in July, the first of its kind in the town.

Mr Simmons said: “This provides an excellent vehicle to publicise the Adur area, as well as bring in business opportunities for local shops and restaurants and assisting in the regeneration of the district.”

The festival is expected to feature more than 300 dancers from all over the country and abroad.

Southlanders, a self-funded group based in Shoreham, will receive £1,080 towards trips planned for this year, including hiring transport.

Mr Simmons said: “The sum agreed is to support measures to address social isolation of our older community in an area that suffers disproportionately with health needs and other issues of deprivation.”

There was £31,165 remaining in the budget for the year, so Mr Simmons agreed to give the Adur Hearty Lives Project £30,000 to enable it to extend and broaden its services up to September 2016.

He explained: “This programme, funded for three years by the British Heart Foundation and delivered by our communities team, now requires additional support to complete its mission across the district schools, as well as providing further opportunities to address wider issues affecting young people.”