Adur offers helping hand to community groups
Released: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
A community grants scheme which has given hundreds of thousands of pounds to good causes in Adur is looking for more projects to support.
Adur District Council has been running the scheme for more than 10 years, donating in excess of £600,000 to over 180 local good causes during that time.
Organisations to benefit range from sports clubs and community centres to advice services and art groups.
In the last year alone, this included Adur Arts Forum, Shoreham Riverfest, community group International Neighbours, Adur Special Needs Project, Wickers Gymnastics Club, Fishersgate Boxing Club and the As You Are counselling service.
The criteria for 2017 grants have been refreshed since last year, with a focus on five priority areas:
- Projects based in the Churchill and Southlands wards
- Projects encouraging healthier lifestyles
- Projects focusing on young adults
- Projects supporting older residents
- Or projects helping the vulnerable, such as the lonely and homeless
Among those who received a grant last year under the previous rules were Original Allstars Music, a collective of musicians aged seven to 18 who form bands and build self-confidence and new skills through a shared passion for music.
The Original Allstars, who shared the bill at this year's Shoreham Wild Life Festival with names such as Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne, received £2,555 for a new recording studio.
Original Allstars’ Managing Director David O'Connell said:
“The community grant has helped the Allstars hugely. Knowing we have the ability to record the bands' songs has meant we can focus much more on their songwriting than ever before and we already have 11 songs added to our online song archive so far this year.”
“On top of this, at the recent Wild Life Festival where the Allstars appeared, we were able to record the entire 11 hours of performances by the bands onto audio. We will be editing this in due course and syncing with video footage to produce a video to document the event.”
“The grant has opened up many more opportunities for us to record and document the Allstars' songs and we are looking forward to sharing and promoting the music of these fantastic young musicians with the world.”
Councillor Dave Simmons, Adur's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“Adur is one of only a few councils that continue to support community action in this way.”
“We value the benefits that local organisations bring to the people of Adur, and it is important that we continue to support their innovation and celebrate the key services and support that they provide.”
“I look forward to receiving more applications for support from local organisations which focus on our revised criteria in the new grants round.”
The closing date for applications for this latest round of grants is 23rd July 2017.
More details about the grants and help in applying for them are available on our Adur Community Grants webpage.
Photo: Youngsters from the Original Allstars performing at the Wild Life Festival
Photo Copyright © Peter Tierney 2017
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