Grants agreed – but four groups miss out

FOUR groups have missed out in the latest round of community grants but seven others look to have succeeded in their applications.

The decision on the first round of Adur Competitive Community Grants funding for 2014/15 was expected to be finalised yesterday, following the call-in deadline of 5pm Wednesday.

Fishersgate Community Association had asked for £5,000 towards a variety of arts and cultural events, Adur Community Leisure wanted £4,710 to start a regular weekly session of walking basketball for the over 50s, Worthing Thunder asked for £3,960 to introduce the Dunk Start Basketball Programme to primary school children in Adur, and Spotlight UK wanted £2,700 for a history project working with young people.

These four applications were not supported by David Simmons, Adur District Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing.

He explained: “Consideration was also given to grants awarded via the Pot of Gold and whether that and other funding streams such as the County Local Committee grants were more appropriate and to ensure no duplication.”

Those who were successful were chosen for their health and wellbeing benefits to support the community in Adur.

The largest amount went to the As You Are Centre, based at Corner House in Southwick. The charity will receive £5,000 for workshops to educate people about issues related to mental ill-health.

The charity said: “Workshops will challenge stigma and reduce barriers to those affected, therefore improving outcomes and access to support.

“Workshops will include mental health first aid training, self-harm and suicide awareness, harm minimisation, eating disorders and living through trauma.”

Safe in Sussex has been allocated £3,770 to expand its Freedom Programme to Southwick.

The charity works with women in abusive relationship and the 12-week programme helps them learn more about the reality of domestic violence.

The programme is already running in Worthing, Lancing and Littlehampton, and the grant will allow it to expand in Adur, particularly in Eastbrook Ward.

Various writing workshops and author readings would be funded by the £2,500 agreed for Shoreham WordFest 2014.

Lancing Art Club, which has been running since January, 1953, to promote visual arts, asked for money to help publicise its annual art exhibition and £2,000 has been agreed, subject to conditions.

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre receives £1,968 for a storage facility for bikes, canoes and kayaks, while West Sussex Mediation Service will get £2,500 to promote the use of mediation in Adur to resolve conflicts.

It said efforts would be made to target areas of deprivation, with the aim of providing education on the use of alternatives to courts or other sanctions.

Funding of £2,000 has been allocated to continue the work of Shoreham and Adur Debt Centre, including training a debt coach and raising awareness of the help available.

A further two rounds of grants will be available, in September and January.