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The Worthing & Adur Community Fund

Details of the Fund

Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead in developing a new charitable fund for the area called the ‘Worthing & Adur Fund’, in partnership with Sussex Community Foundation, a charity that develops and supports local giving.


The Chamber has worked with the Foundation to promote this permanent fund which, as it grows, will provide grants from the income it earns for charities and community groups, for years to come.

A number of local individuals and businesses have become Founder Donors giving a minimum of £1,000. This provided the seed donations to establish the core endowment fund.

Initial donations were also matched pound for pound through the Government’s Grassroots Endowment Challenge, designed to encourage the development of permanent funds, the income from which will be used to support local charities and community projects.

The Fund is open to ongoing donations and it is hoped to further build this important resource for the local community.


Who can Apply?

All applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations and be working for the benefit of the people in Sussex. You do not have to be a charity but you will need to have your own bank account and be able to provide a signed copy of your constitution and accounts, a copy of a recent bank statement, estimates for proposed purchases (if applicable) and copies of relevant policies.

How to Apply: 
You can apply online by clicking here

If you are unsure what to do or have questions about the grants please contact Sussex Community Foundation on 01273 409 440.

On receipt of your application Sussex Community Foundation will contact you to advise when you are likely to hear the outcome.


For more information 
on the fund and how to apply for funding click here


Mick's Garage Community House Project

Grant: £2,000

Micks garageIn 2002 Mick and Chris Smith, retired residents of the Broadwater area of Worthing decided to do something about the increasing problem of anti-social behaviour in their area. The project they started has developed into Mick’s Garage Community House which acts as a hub for a range of activities for the whole community. They received a grant for the salary costs of an advice worker.Mick Smith is pictured with John Peel, Chairman, Sussex Community Foundation.

Worthing D&D Basketball

Grant: £1,500

CharityPic 2.JPGOne of the first Grassroots Grant recipients, Worthing D&D run evening basketball sessions for 8 – 18 year olds at Durrington High School.
The funding allowed the group to offer the sessions at a low-cost, ensuring that children from families on low incomes could attend.
Home Start Worthing & Adur

Grant: £1,027

CharityPic 4.JPGHome-Start Worthing & Adur aim to give parents the support they need to carry out this demanding and rewarding role. The grant supported the costs of a play worker and play equipment.
“I look forward to the group every week as it's the only place I feel able to go. No one is judging me behind my back and I have learnt new things to play with my son.” Home Start Parent





Founder donors are:


                      Anonymous donor
                      Caroline Nicholls
                        Carpenter Box
                              Colliers
                           David Hards
                           Gill Fielding
                         Ian & Jane Cheal
                         Ian & Katy Clark
                         Karen Simporis
                        Paine Manwaring
                              Pressleys
                               Ricardo
                         Shoreham Port
                              Spofforths
                            Thomas Eggar
    Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce
                           Worthing Home



Superstar Arts CIC

Grant: £500

Superstar Arts CIC’ Super Friends offers social activities (days out and holidays) in a supported environment for people with learning disabilities. Funding is for the Super Friends relaunch, covering the costs of printing, marketing, administrating/project management, running costs of the minibus and subsidised places for those unable to afford the full cost of holidays & trips.

Circus Seen

Grant: £700

CircusSeen provides affordable circus skills training to the Worthing Community. This grant was towards the costs of venue hire and the purchase of tents.

Cruse Bereavement Care West Sussex

Grant: £500

Cruse exists to promote the wellbeing of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. West Sussex Area Cruse includes three local branches – Worthing, Chichester and Mid Sussex. This grant will help with a range of core costs (part-time staffing, rent, training and phones).

Electric Storm Youth Ltd

Grant: £500

Electric Storm Youth is a youth work charity in Lancing needing basic camping equipment for young people to be able to join Electric Storm Youth-run camping trips and those that are part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, irrespective of income. This grant will pay for eight two-person tents.

Friends of Oak Grove College

Grant: £400 

The Friends of Oak Grove College is the parent teacher association for Oak Grove College, a secondary and sixth form education establishment for pupils with special educational needs. This grant is to extend the services of the signing choir to other community groups and will cover the cost of personalised t-shirts for choir members, transport costs to events and promotion of the service.

Heene Community Association

Grant: £400

This grant will help to fund a project aimed at keeping young people safe from crime and reducing anti-social behaviour by recruiting them is a series of workshops in dance, music, crime prevention and community safety. Funding is for staff costs (artists’ fees, 2 support workers & 2 activity co-ordinators), volunteer expenses, premises costs and admin & stationary etc.

Maybridge Keystone Club 

Grant: £500

Maybridge Keystone Club is a youth group who offer a safe and secure environment for young people, in Castle Ward, Worthing which has significant deprivation and a high number of single parent families. Funding is to help create an area where they can cultivate vegetables.

Shoreham & Southwick U3A

Grant: £850

CharityPic 3.JPGThe U3A provide low cost learning, exercise, mental stimulation and social interaction opportunities for people no longer in full-time work. Activities include French; family history; exercise; singing for fun and art appreciation.
“The grant has enabled us to improve the health and well being of our members and to concentrate on expanding our membership rather than having to
focus on fundraising.”
Maggie Roberts, Vice Chairman


Worthing & Adur Community Fund Latest

  • 15 March 2017 3:04 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Worthing and Adur Fund is open for applications – deadline: Friday 5th May 2017

    Are you a charity or community group that needs funding for a project? 

    The Worthing and Adur Fund gives up to £500 in grants to small charities and community groups working in Worthing and Adur. The next deadline for applications is Friday 5th May 2017.

    Established in 2010, the Fund was set up in partnership with the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, under the umbrella of Sussex Community Foundation. A number of local Worthing people and businesses were founder donors and these donations established a core endowment fund. The income has since grown and enabled the Fund to make 29 grants worth £16,422 to 23 charities and community groups from Worthing and Adur

    Recent groups supported by the Worthing and Adur fund include:

    Worthing Town FC The Club has recently introduced a development team training opportunity for local under-5s keen to learn football. The response exceeded expectations leaving the Club without sufficient equipment to actively involve all of the children at each session. The Club used their £500 grant to buy four Junior goals, 20 Junior Lite balls and two packs of training bibs

    Sussex Martlets Trampolining Club (pictured) used their grant to help buy additional floor safety matting and other safety equipment

    Worthing Speakabout, an advocacy group run for and by people with learning difficulties. Grant went towards running costs, office rent, mini bus and hire of meeting room at Buddy's Cafe.

    Worthing Gymnastics grant helped to fit out their new venue with essential apparatus.

    Storm Ministries serves the local community through various activities, clubs and events. Their funding provided disabled access via a ramp with hand rails.

    For more information and to make an application to the Worthing & Adur Fund, visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/worthingadur

  • 04 October 2016 3:38 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Worthing & Adur Fund continues to deliver

    The latest donations to this growing fund are making such a difference to Voluntary and Charity groups across Worthing & Adur.

    Miller Parris Solicitors were delighted to once again donate £1,000 to the Worthing and Adur Fund

    Mike Metters, of Miller Parris commented “We are really proud to continue to be involved with the Worthing and Adur Fund. It is a real pleasure to see so many local organisations and community groups being able to benefit from the charity.”

    Congratulations to Louise Hickey who successfully ran the Brighton marathon kindly sponsored by Howdens Joinery. Robert Burge from the Worthing branch of Howdens presented a cheque for £500 to the fund, “Donating money to this worthy local cause is the easy bit-running the marathon is the hard bit!”

    As a result of the Superstar Arts presentation at the recent Chamber Breakfast with our local MP’s , the fund received a cheque for £1000 from Sir Peter Bottomley MP for Worthing West! A very big thank you to Sir Peter!

    Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce developed the Worthing and Adur Fund for the local area in 2011, in partnership with Sussex Community Foundation, a charity that develops and supports local giving.

    The Chamber has worked with the Foundation to promote this permanent fund which, as it grows, will provide grants from the income it earns for charities and community groups, for years to come.

    A number of local individuals and businesses became Founder Donors giving a minimum of £1,000 which provided the seed donations to establish the core endowment fund, and since then many more local businesses have contributed to ensure the continuing success of this worthwhile project.

    Recently a total of £3,838 was awarded between the following local groups;

    Superstar Arts CIC, Maybridge Keystone Club, Heene Community Association, The Friends of Oak Grove College, Cruse Bereavement Care, Electric Storm Youth and CircusSeen.

    Deadlines for Worthing and Adur Fund applications closes Friday 7th October

    For more information and to make an application to the Worthing & Adur Fund, visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/worthingadur


  • 29 September 2016 12:19 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    The Worthing and Adur fund is ready to pay out

    APPLY NOW!! Deadline Friday 7th October

    Since  2010 Worthing and Adur Chamber has encouraged a number of local

     individuals and businesses to become Founder Donors of Worthing and Adur Fund. Businesses continue to donate to the fund enabling local people to manage the distribution of grants with emphasis on local small groups where a small grant of around £500 can make a significant difference.

    These donations established a core endowmentfund which is held at Sussex 

    Community Foundation, the income from which has enabled us to give 24 grants worth £44,247 to 19 charities and community groups from Worthing and Adur since then.”

    Grants given by the Worthing and Adur Fund in 2015 included:

    • £700 to CircusSeen which provides affordable circus skills training to the Worthing community.
    • £500    to Cruse Bereavement Care West Sussex to help with a range of core costs (part-time staffing, rent, training and phones).
    • £500 to Electric Storm Youth Ltd, a youth work charity in Lancing to pay for eight two-person tents.
    • £400 to Friends of Oak Grove College to extend the services of the signing choir to other community groups.
    • £500 to Heene Community Association    to help fund a project aimed at keeping young people safe from crime and reducing anti-social behaviour.
    • £500 to Superstar Arts CIC to help to fund the Super Friends relaunch, covering the costs of printing, marketing, administrating/project management, running costs of the minibus and subsidised places for those unable to afford the full cost of holidays & trips.
    • £500 to Maybridge Keystone Club youth group for young people in Castle Ward, Worthing, to help create an area to cultivate vegetables.

    “Donors and Chamber members have enjoyed the opportunities this year to see where the money goes through visits and presentations.” Says Karen Simporis Chairperson, “ Highlights have included the Oak Grove Signing (yes signing!) choir performing for us  ,inspiring presentations from Superstar Arts and Maybridge Keystone Club and some Plate spinning tuition at CircusSeen Fund raising day under the big tents ! What next? Apply now! “

    For more information and to make an application to the Worthing & Adur Fund, visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/worthingadur


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