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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



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