At the end of February Worthing Community Chest had the latest Appraisal Panel. This is where the panel review the applications and decide whether to award funds. The Chair of the panel was trustee Malcolm Brett, below is Malcolm’s blog about the panel followed by the award information.
As a trustee of the Worthing Community Chest it was my privilege and pleasure to chair the latest grant funding Appraisal Panel on 24th February.
The 10 panel members gather to consider a total of 11 applications, these ranged from allotments to mobility assistance, to artistic works as well as more active leisure pursuits.
The projects covered a wide range age groups from all parts of the community.
Each of the applications were discussed and awarded grants on their merits, the important thing was how they benefited the people in the local area.
Worthing is a very diverse community with a whole lot of varied activities and it is always good that the Community Chest can help and support these groups and organisations.
Applications will soon be sought for the next round of the Appraisal Panel meeting in May.
Feb 2016 Round – Successful Grant Applications
Worthing Children’s Parade Project
Awarded a grant of £1000 towards the cost of art materials for many local schools, who participate in the popular annual Children’s Carnival Parade.
Awarded a grant of £1000 to cover costs relating to setting up of Oggbot’s Interactive Theatre. The grant will purchase robot parts and scenery. The aim of this project is to encourage children into Worthing Library and discover the joy of reading, and encourage a love of learning within the realms of play.
Acorn Pregnancy Counselling Centre
Awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of an infertility training course. This training course will enhance the skills of the volunteer councillors.
Worthing Allotments and Garden Association
Awarded a grant of £1500 to assist with the purchase of a second hand shipping container. The container will be renovated, and become the hub of a new community shop for the local people.
Awarded a grant of £500 towards the costs of promoting a popular Worthing’s literary annual event, celebrating various distinguished writers.
Worthing Croquet Club
Awarded a grant of £1218 to purchase new croquet balls for this growing croquet club.
Headway West Sussex
Awarded a grant of £557.33 to assist with room hire costs and in-house training of staff.
This will assist a very worthy charity to keep their skills up to date, and enable them to continue to offer valuable support to people and their families who have suffered an acute brain injury.
Creative Waves Community Arts
Awarded a grant of £1100 to cover the costs of materials, printing and the installation of the children’s artwork across the community. This is a community arts project and rewards individuals who participate, along with visual enjoyment spread out across the town.
Old Barn Short Bowls Club
Awarded a grant of £1008.72 to purchase a new short bowls mat along with rubber starter mats.
Awarded a grant of £1500 to set up a delivery/collection service of mobility scooters, to encourage more involvement of the physically disadvantaged.
Awarded a grant of £375 toward the printing costs, artwork and graphic design expenses incurred in setting up and organising a book. This event will encourage and stretch the imagination of a pre-selected group of talented and gifted year 4 students, at Thomas A Beckett Middle School.