£320,000 for local community groups
In the summer we awarded local community groups more than £320,000 in Section 106 developer contributions and grant funding to support the excellent work they are doing in the community.
The grants will be used to deliver a variety of community projects including, clubs for young people, support for families with babies and the expansion of the Burgess Hill Shed project, which helps people, particularly older men, to socialise and improve their mental wellbeing.
Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove was awarded a grant of £20,000 towards the cost of furnishing and opening the new Kings Weald community building in Burgess Hill. The new building has been provided by developer Croudace as part of the Kings Weald development requirements from MSDC Planning and will include a community café, provide extensive activities for children and families, services for older people and the halls and rooms will be available for residents to hire for a variety of events, when it is handed over to the Council later this year.
Carers Support West Sussex received £5,000 towards their popular ‘Check-in and Chat’ befriending service. Many people have unexpectedly become carers during the pandemic and the need for support that helps combat isolation and loneliness has never been greater. This grant funding will enable the charity to invest in digital equipment and expand virtual support groups that help carers connect with services and peers for support.
Section 106 developer contributions in the sum of £100,000 were released to Mid Sussex District Scouts Council to help fund a new community centre they intend to build at Barn Cottage Recreation Ground in Haywards Heath. The new community building will enable the Scouts to accommodate an additional 180 young people per week and the facility will be available for community use during the daytime and at weekends. It will provide extra space to accommodate community activities like yoga classes, scout meetings, craft fairs, children’s parties and charity events.
The new community centre will be linked to the existing Barn Cottage Recreation Ground Pavilion and a further £171,160 of Section 106 developer contributions has been allocated to fund the extension and refurbishment of the existing pavilion.