COMMUNITY and volunteer groups have applied to a council for financial aid – but several have had to be turned down.
A total of 15 groups have applied for the latest round of Adur Community Grants, with nearly £36,000 in funding available.
The scheme has been running for 16 years and during that time more than £835,000 has been awarded to 245 different projects.
Five groups were successful this year including: Albion In The Community, the official charity of Brighton and Hove Albion FC; Cycall, a group dedicated to making cycling accessible; and Vida Active Club CIC, which offers training courses for over 60s.
That year, Adur District Council received applications for funding totaling £82,000, which it said was due to the impact of the pandemic on the not-for-profit sector.
That means ten groups have had their offers of funding turned down, including two local football clubs, a tree-planting group and an organization that works with women at risk of sexual exploitation.
A report by the council’s interim director for communities says the pandemic has had a serious impact.
It said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the local third sector hard, with the impact taking its toll in two key areas – their resources (staff, volunteers and the way they can now work) and their financial Income.
“All of this at a time when the experience, expertise and services of nonprofits are needed more than ever to help our most vulnerable residents get back on their feet and recover from the pandemic.”
Due to high demand for funds this year, the council has prioritized projects to help local people who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Offers that support core costs, including salaries and operating expenses, were also prioritized because securing this type of funding for nonprofits can be difficult.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20829189.adur-district-council-awards-36-000-community-groups/?ref=rss Adur County Council awards £36,000 to community groups