Groups urged to apply for county council grant

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Community and voluntary groups across the town are being urged to take advantage of a county council-funded grants scheme.

Crawley’s East and West County Local Commities (CLCs) have been given £6,000 each to distribute as part of the Community Initiative Fund scheme (CIF) for 2013/14 - an increase of £2,000 on last year’s pot.

The fund was launched in 2006 and, since then, has handed more than £1.2million to some 450 community groups and organisations.

Speaking as the county’s 14 CLCs prepare to hold their first meetings since the May elections, Cabinet member Cllr Peter Griffiths said: “Our CLCs will have more cash to support local community projects in the 2013/14 financial year, which is very good news.

“In total it means that £426,000 will be available to support worthy causes in this financial year - an increase of £113,300.”

Cllr Griffiths, whose Corporate Relations portfolio includes overall responsibility for the CLCs, added: “Supporting strong, active communities is really important, and this funding has helped all sorts of projects organised by local people for their community from helping to run an event for local people to purchasing equipment.

“In these difficult times supporting local communities has become more important than ever, and I am delighted we have found this extra money to have even more impact, so I would urge people interested in applying to visit the CLC pages on our website to find out more, and look at the criteria.”

The West Crawley CLC is made up of Cllrs Brian Quinn, Brenda Smith, Chris Oxlade, Sue Mullins and Michael Jones while the East Crawley CLC consists of Cllrs Richard Burrett, Duncan Crow, Bob Lanzer and Peter Lamb.

Both groups meet in the Longley Room at Crawley Library. The next meetings will be held on Tuesday June 18 (West) and Thursday June 27 (East). New chairmen will be elected on those dates.