Grants available from Horsham Children Can Do

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

GROUPS of children across Horsham town are being given the chance to apply for grants of up to £1,500 to do something positive in their community.

Horsham Children Can Do, of which Horsham District Council is a partner, is a grant scheme which encourages children aged five to 13 to apply for funding applications.

The grant is available for a wide range of projects, which could include buying play or club equipment, outings, running costs and so on.

The scheme will benefit local children and is being managed through Horsham Matters, which is a social enterprise that was set up by Horsham Churches Together in 2009.

To be eligible to apply, all community and voluntary groups must come from Horsham and:

- have a group of children aged five to 13 who live in the Horsham area

- benefit children with greater needs and fewer chances

- don’t promote a particular religion or political aim

- have actively involved children and young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of their project.

Horsham Children Can Do is a partnership initiative involving Horsham District Council, People Can, West Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Services (WSCVYS), Saxon Weald and Horsham Matters.

Support is provided free of charge for completing applications and the next Decision Day is scheduled for Summer 2012 so there is still plenty of time for applications to be submitted.

Liz Burt, from Horsham Matters, said: “We would love to hear from groups. This is a great project and benefits everyone who takes part.”

Sue Rogers, HDC cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “This is a great example of the strength of what can be achieved by groups working together.

“Responding to children in our community with often the smallest voice makes it even more special.”

For further information, visit the Horsham Matters website www.horsham-matters.co.uk or contact Liz Burt at Horsham Matters by calling 01403 211833 or email lizburt@horsham-matters.org.uk