In our Spring round, we gave 275 grants totalling £615,000 to charities, community groups, social enterprises and some individuals. We are proud that our work has been able to support so many people, families and communities. However, we had great applications that we would have like to have made grants to – worth almost £300,000 – which we were unable to award through lack of funds. We are always looking for people and partners to work with so please do get in touch if you would like to hear more about setting up a fund with us.
Our Purple Fund, one of our endowment funds that resulted from a legacy, gave out its first five grants in the Spring round.
One of them was Heartspace, based on the Manhood Peninsula in Selsey. Working in partnership with Coastal West Sussex Mind, East Wittering Parish Council and Manhood Community Transport, Heartspace offers a varied annual programme of creative arts-based sessions led by professional facilitators. Based at Bracklesham Barn near Chichester, the group offers everything from African drumming and singing to crafts and story-telling for local people. The group was established in 2016 and this is its first grant of £3,000 from Sussex Community Foundation.
In some parts of the peninsula, over 20% of pensioners live alone which means problems such as social isolation and loneliness are higher too. This kind of community activity is a lifeline for those people.
Another group we gave a grant to was Level Water to offer 1000 lessons to teach 20 children with disabilities to swim in Shoreham. The group works with each child for about a year, building confidence and resilience in children who can often feel excluded from other group or mainstream activities. One of those children who learned to swim in Haywards Heath with Level Water (funded by our Kim Addison and Knighton funds) is Olivia-Rose has a rare genetic condition called Loeys-Dietz which affects her joints and heart muscle.
Livvy seems to spend so much time being told she can’t take part in something, to be able to actually do her own lesson and see the progress she is making has been amazing for her. Mum Nicola
She is fairly restricted on what sports she can take part in, no contact or running sports. Her parents had always been told that swimming is a really good sport for her to do. However, part of her condition is that her skin is very translucent and thin so she gets cold very quickly and waiting for her time to swim in her class meant she was getting very cold, and then her joints began to hurt even more. She now swims weekly with Cath at the Dolphin Leisure Centre. She has gone from being unable to swim to gaining her 25 metre & 50 metre badges. Livvy is beyond proud of this. She has never received a badge for any sport and this means a great deal to her.