Sussex Community Foundation’s blog page. We will publish and share various columns and opinion pieces that we are asked to write here.
Introduction to Sussex Community Foundation Winter newsletter
I am writing this as we head towards the end of what has been an eventful 2017.
It has also been a year to reflect. We heard the sad news in September that our Founder, the 10th Duke of Richmond, had passed away. He was an extraordinary and wonderful man. He worked tirelessly to make the world a better place and he inspired many people to do the same. Sussex Community Foundation is one of many charities which he helped to found and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. I am in no doubt that we would not have been successful without his ardent support. Read more
The Duke set out the vision for this charity when he spoke at our first board meeting in 2006: “We have a huge opportunity to make a significant contribution over time to the quality of life of the people of Sussex.”
In this latter part of 2017, we have launched two new funds. One is the £1.2 million Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund which will support the educational and personal development of children and young people in Brighton & Hove.
The other is the £3.1 million Rampion Wind Farm Fund which will support a range of projects benefiting the community, in particular those with links to the environment and ecology, climate change and energy, and improved community facilities. Priority will be given to disadvantaged people and communities. Both will have a significant impact on the work that charities and community groups do.
So, the Duke of Richmond’s vision back in 2006 continues to inspire us and we continue to develop opportunities to make a significant difference to people’s lives across Sussex. I’d like to thank everyone – donors, staff, trustees, ambassadors and volunteers – who come together to make this happen.
Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive
Introduction to Sussex Community Foundation Summer 2017 newsletter
2017 has got off to a flying start and last year we gave out over £1.9 million in grants to Sussex. But there is still a long way to go. We always receive many more worthy grant applications than we have the money to fund so we will be keeping focused on encouraging our network of community philanthropists to give more in the coming year, to benefit Sussex people.
One thing we know we want to do in 2017 is to ensure that the money our donors give us reaches the people and communities that really need it. With that in mind – and building on what we learned from our report Sussex Uncovered 2, we are planning a youth-focus to some of our work this year. Being a young person in 2017 is not plain-sailing and many youngsters, particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds, can fall at the first hurdle without the support of the community around them. Youth services are not a statutory duty of local authorities so this means they are bearing the brunt of the reductions in funding being made by councils. We have already given out over £2.6 million in grants to groups supporting children and young people. However, against this back drop of huge cuts to the funding of youth services in the last few years, we have two new funds specifically targeting young people and so it makes sense for us to tie all this activity together.
Youth services and good youth work really do change lives. We hope our needs-based and proactive grant-making will target areas of community work that are in immediate need of support, working with others to develop solutions.
Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive
Summer 2016 newsletter – full introduction
Our column on the benefits of community gardening June 2016