Mid Sussex summer grant funding tops £85,000

PR115/EC/MF - 12/07/2017

Mid Sussex District Council has awarded local community groups over £85,000 in grant funding to help them continue their excellent work in the community.

The Cabinet Grants Panel met on 5 June to discuss the summer 2017 grant funding allocations and the successful applicants were confirmed on 15 June. The panel agreed to issue a total of £85,369 to 14 voluntary organisations from across Mid Sussex.

The grants will be used to deliver a variety of community projects including, improved facilities for local sports clubs, arts workshops and a zip wire for a children’s playground.

Hurstpierpoint Cricket Club was one of the local organisations to benefit, securing £25,940 towards changing room improvements, a new artificial cricket wicket, new equipment and specialist coaching.

Tudor Ellis, Chairman of Hurstpierpoint Cricket Club said:

“Hurstpierpoint Cricket Club and all of its members are really excited about the grant assistance from MSDC. The installation of an artificial wicket will ensure that our young players enjoy more game time, relieving pressure on the current grass wickets which are already at maximum capacity. As a thriving Club it is fantastic news to be supported by MSDC and we are looking forward to the improvement in facilities.”

Burgess Hill Rugby Club was awarded £10,000 to help them make some much needed improvements to their clubhouse.

Simon Lashley, Chairman of Burgess Hill Rugby Club said:

“The new social space will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age-group. The Clubhouse will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.

“The 2015 Rugby World Cup games in Brighton and recent Lions series has inspired a new wave of people of all ages to become involved in rugby and this MSDC investment will help our club to be even better equipped to welcome newcomers. We have already been able to offer our enhanced facilities to host a local primary school Tag rugby tournament and fixtures between the Burgess Hill Academy and Downlands School next autumn.”

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Growth added:

“Local voluntary groups and support organisations work hard to make Mid Sussex a fantastic place to live by providing sporting opportunities, organising community activities, and supporting vulnerable people.

“At a time when many Councils in other areas of the country are cutting back their support for the voluntary sector, I’m proud that we are continuing to fund so many worthwhile causes in Mid Sussex. These voluntary organisations play a vital role within their communities and this financial support will help them to continue all the excellent work they are doing.”

For more information contact Mid Sussex District Council Community Leisure Officer Elaine Clarke on 01444 477275 or email elaine.clarke@midsussex.gov.uk.