Good Causes Benefit As Joint Area Committee Holds Final Meeting

West Sussex County Council granted more than £4,000 of funding to inspirational projects when the Joint Downland Area Committee met for the final time.

A Scout Group in Barnham and the Walberton Village Hall are two of the groups to benefit.

The committee, which covers Arundel, The Six Villages, Findon and surrounding villages, has donated more than £17,000 to worthwhile projects in 2016/17.

Nigel Peters, Chairman of the Joint Downland Area Committee, said: “Over the years, the Joint Downland Area Committee has had the privilege of supporting many inspirational groups here in the Arun District.
“We were so pleased to receive applications from such a variety of worthwhile projects at this most recent round of funding.
“While this, sadly, was the last time we will be meeting as a committee, I am pleased to announce groups will still have the opportunity to apply for funding in the future.”

The decision made at the final meeting on Monday night [27 February] granted money to the following projects:

• 1st Barnham Scout Group – £1,050 towards new tents
• Home-Start Arun – £417.15 to purchase replacement IT equipment
• Lyminster and Crossbush Parish Council – £700 towards communications and modernisation project
• Walberton Pavillion – £509 towards replacement of windows and doors
• Walberton Village Hall – £1679.99 to replace a dishwasher

The region previously covered by the Joint Downland Area Committee will now be divided between the Joint Eastern Arun Area Committee (JEAAC) and the Joint Western Arun Area Committee (JWAAC).

Funding will still be available to groups via these new committees.

Groups wishing to benefit from Community Initiative Funding should apply six weeks before the next meeting.

These are taking place on 28 June for the JWAAC and on the 11 July for the JEAAC.
For more information on how to apply, visit the County Local Committee web pages via www.westsussex.gov.uk, email talkwithus@westsussex.gov.uk or call 0330 2222 540.