Worthing community groups invited to express an interest in development funding

Released: Thursday, 21 March 2024

Community groups and organisations are being invited to find out if their projects are eligible for funding ahead of the re-opening of Worthing Borough Council's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Fund.

Applications for the fund will open in May, but we are inviting groups to express an interest now by filling out a simple form.

The Worthing CIL Neighbourhood Fund is made up of a proportion of the payments collected from developers building in the local area, to offset the impact felt by residents.

The fund covers one-off project costs up to a maximum of £15,000, with over £205,000 available for groups to bid for.

Last year the fund was expanded to make it more inclusive and easier to apply for, and 45 groups successfully secured funding for a wide range of projects that are benefitting people across Worthing.

Feedback on the changes to the fund was collected through the year and we have used this to shape the funding priorities for 2024.

Groups advised us that caring for the environment and providing more opportunities for young people are top priorities, as well as greater collaboration and sharing of resources with each other.

We were also asked to support groups to learn about how they could become more inclusive and welcoming to diverse communities.

To help support groups to achieve these priorities, this year we will prioritise projects focused on helping Worthing's residents and communities become more connected within and across neighbourhoods and more involved in designing projects

Groups will be encouraged to collaborate with one another to design projects that focus on improving health and wellbeing, tackling environmental issues, caring for Worthing's neighbourhoods, and growing community co-operation.

A series of community workshop events will take place in May, offering groups the chance to find out more about the fund and get an opportunity to network with each other.

  • Thursday 9th May 2024 from 9:30am to 11:30am in the Shaftesbury Room at Worthing Leisure Centre on Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Thursday 9th May 2024 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Northbrook Barn Community Centre on Squadron Drive
  • Friday 10th May 2024 from 10am to midday at The Sidney Walter Centre on Sussex Road

Cllr Carl Walker, the deputy leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:

“It has been fantastic to see how the projects that were given funding last year have been making such a positive impact in our communities.

“The feedback from groups on the changes we made has been rewarding to hear, and this year we want to go further by supporting groups to continue the vital work they are already doing, but also help them to work together to reach wider groups of people.”

To sign up for the community workshop events and find answers to some frequently asked questions, see:

Photos: Some of last year's Worthing CIL Neighbourhood Fund successful projects (Wild Gathering group walk, Worthing Black History Month performance, Humber Avenue Community Allotments, Worthing Food Foundation and Worthing Heritage Alliance)

PR24-044 - Some of last year's Worthing CIL Neighbourhood Fund successful projects

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