Crawley arts groups scoop cash


Pictured are award winners: (left to right): back row:  Adam Joolia, Audio Active; Dave Savage, Crawley Community Youth Service;  middle row: Amy Zamarripa Solis, Writing Our Legacy; Andrea Dumbrell, Crawley Museum; Cllr Raj Sharma, Mayor of Crawley; Sara Beadle, New Writing South; Janet Roskilly, Friends of Goffs Park; Viv Evans, Broadfield Community Centre; front row: Julia Carrette, Sussex Community Foundation, Ellen Jordan, Music in Detention; Kevin Richmond, Sussex Community Foundation


The first awards from the Crawley Cultural Fund at Sussex Community Foundation, supported by Arts Council England, were made yesterday (Thursday 28 November). The awards were given by Councillor Raj Sharma, the Mayor of Crawley, at the annual meeting of Sussex Community Foundation at the Gurjar Hindu Union at the Apple Tree Centre in Crawley.

The groups receiving grants were:

  • Audio Active. £4,807 grant to open a pop-up recording studio in central Crawley
  • Broadfield Community Centre. £5,000 grant to partner with others to develop a programme of visual and performance arts at their Community Festival
  • Crawley Community Youth Service. £5,000 grant is to support a cycle of two separate arts programmes building towards Arts Awards
  • Crawley Museum. £2,500 grant to help them develop their audience development strategy
  • Friends of Goffs Park. £3,852 grant to support an exciting, vibrant day of dance and community picnic, as part of the annual summer fair.
  • Music in Detention. £5,000 grant to support a creative community exchange with detainees at Brook House and Tinsley House immigration removal centres and 30 young people at Thomas Bennett community college in Tilgate.
  • New Writing South. £2,500 grant will support a two-year project for women to meet and develop writing skills around common themes of motherhood.
  • Writing Our Legacy. £4,081 grant to support a literature and storytelling project in 2020 with the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in Crawley.

The Crawley Cultural Fund was launched in summer 2019 in partnership with Arts Council England as a pilot project to increase arts activity and community engagement in the arts for people in Crawley.

“Arts Council England had recognised Crawley as an area of low engagement with the arts and culture in terms of both funding opportunities and funded organisations and so we are delighted that the quality – and quantity – of grant applications received has proved to us that there is a demand for this kind of community support in Crawley,” says Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive at Sussex Community Foundation. “We are also delighted to announce that Gatwick Airport has committed a substantial £25,000 donation to the Crawley Cultural Fund for next year and we are calling on businesses and individuals in Crawley to step forward to match Gatwick’s generous support with further donations to build a sustainable future for the fund.”

Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement Gatwick Airport, said: “It’s a delight to have awarded the Crawley Cultural Fund £25,000. Gatwick is lucky to have Crawley and so much talent on its doorstep so it is only right that we support the wider community too. At the airport, we are always looking for ways to make lasting, positive impacts in our local communities and helping the Crawley Cultural Fund is a great way to achieve this. We would urge other companies in Crawley to join us in supporting this fund to ensure that even more local projects can be delivered.”

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