Mid Sussex District Council has announced that it has awarded significant funding to community projects, with a focus on health, sustainability and support.
Through council grant funding and developer contributions, £159,000 has been awarded to numerous community organisations with this to be formally confirmed on the 2nd March.
The first award will be allocated to a charitable foundation, with the aim of improving accessibility to a local care and community fridge. £52,500 is to be utilised to not only create an attractive outdoor seating area for visitors, but also to improve pathways, kerbs and ramps to help people access the community café.
A local football club is to receive £12,239 to develop improved catering facilities, as well as education provision. The catering facilities will make the club more suitable for staff and supporters, whilst also improving rest and recovery for players. Educational facilities will be delivered through a secure classroom that can host a range of activities.
Another area of important funding will be the £65,509 that has been allocated to Worth Parish Council. This funding will be used to install CCTV cameras in two villages to deter anti-social behaviour and petty crime, with the cameras being monitored by Sussex Police as part of a CCCTV Partnership.
Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Community, said:
“We’re really lucky to have so many people in Mid Sussex who are willing to give up their time to support their local community and who work so hard to make our District such a wonderful place to live.
“Charities and voluntary groups are working on some fantastic projects and I’m delighted that we’re able to support so many with grant funding. Each project is going to make a real difference to the lives of local people by encouraging participation in sport, preventing crime, improving sustainability, and helping those in need.”
The council is also helping to support people fleeing wider global conflict through the granting of £17,752 to three local organisations that are helping refugees to settle in the Mid Sussex area.