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Worthing County Local Committees (CLCs) will have more cash to support community projects in the 2013/14 financial year.

by Press Officer on 22 March, 2013

Glendale Dance

 

 

 

Worthing County Local Committees (CLC) will have more cash to support local community projects in the 2013/14 financial year.

The CLC currently has £4,000 per committee member to distribute as part of the Community Initiative Fund scheme (CIF).

However, as a result of a decision taken today (Friday) by the full Council that will be increased to £6,000.

In total it means that £54,000 will be available to support worthy causes in Worthing during the next financial year.

CIF has provided vital funds to community groups and organisations across Worthing since it was started in 2006.

Over this time £245,000 has been awarded to a vast number organisations.

Worthing CLC Chairman , County Councillor Bob Smytherman said:

“Supporting strong, active communities is really important, and this funding stream has helped all sorts of projects organised by Worthing people for Worthing people from helping to run an event for local people to purchasing equipment for an organisation or supporting Worthing food bank as we did this year.”

“In these difficult times supporting Worthing’s many community groups has become more important than ever, and I am delighted we have found this extra money to have even more impact.”

Today’s decision also brings more flexibility to the CIF funding scheme.

At present, applications for grants have to come from community groups but in future County Councillors will also be allowed to identify local projects they feel would benefit from CIF and submit an application.

The County Council has 14 CLCs, each made-up of County Councillors from local electoral divisions.

Full details of the criteria for the Worthing CIF scheme and how to apply can be found on the County Local Committee pages of www.westsussex.gov.uk

There is more good grants news for 2013/14 with Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Michael Brown, confirming that £300,000 will be available in both a fund to support Social Enterprises and the Members’ Big Society Fund, which allows councillors to bid on behalf of community projects.

In the current financial year the Social Enterprise Fund supported a wide range of schemes from a painting and decorating social enterprise to support for the West Sussex Credit Union.

The Big Society fund supported 31 schemes ranging from improving community buildings to a football based training scheme in Worthing aimed at young people not in any form of education, employment or training thanks to Lib Dem County Councillor for Broadwater Alan Rice.

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