£350K Up For Grabs

£350K Up For Grabs

3 July 2014 12:33 PM

£350,000 is up for grabs from West Sussex County Council`s Social Enterprise Fund for projects and initiatives that will benefit the local economy, community and environment.

From this week social enterprises can apply for a share of up to £25,000 of the funds. Such enterprises are companies with social values at the heart of their business. Profits are re-invested into the business or into the local community. Examples include co-operatives, in which staff own a part of the business and community interest companies.

Previous recipients of funding include Chichester-based Sailboat Project, which was awarded £12,000 to develop its community training programme, enabling it to identify and reach out to marginalised communities across West Sussex. It helps people develop skills such as navigation, engine maintenance and team working which can lead to a recognised sailing qualification.

Another recipient was Breathing Spaces, a project that aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older people through therapeutic gardens, which appeal to all five senses and are specially adapted to the needs of the user. A grant of £25,000 enabled the project to set up a service in Worthing.

The council is running free information workshops to provide more detail about the Social Enterprise Fund and who can apply. Horsham`s turn is Friday 11 July 2014 from 10.00am to 12.00pm at County Hall North, Chartway, RH12 1XA.

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Picture: A Sailboat taster sail - Brighton 2013

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