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Crawley MP urges local charities to apply for share of £3 Million fund

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Crawley charities and community groups are being urged by the town’s MP, Henry Smith, to apply for a share of a £3 million funding pot. The Peoples Postcode Lotterys Dream Fund is looking for charities to apply for funding to bring their dream project to life.

Crawley MP Henry Smith

Henry said;

“The People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund gives charities the opportunity to be bold and courageous. This is an exciting opportunity for the voluntary sector across Crawley to work together to develop their dream project.

“I urge charities to be creative and ambitious, and remind them to get their applications in before the deadline on 22nd August.”

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The Dream Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance their dream project – an idea they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to develop.

Funding from the scheme, now in its eighth year, will be offered over two years from 2018. This years prize fund is the largest ever with a top award of £1 million and a total award fund of £3 million.

The Dream Fund has invested more than £7.3 million in 24 projects across Great Britain, with previous winners including Heritage Heroes, a joint project between Canal & River Trust and Help for Heroes, and Missing People’s Child Rescue Alert.

The Postcode Dream Trust is encouraging applications to Dream Fund 2018 from projects that fit within one or more of the charitable purposes which include: supporting families; improving peoples lives through animals; green communities and increasing life chances for young people.

Applications for the Dream Fund are open until Tuesday 22nd August. Winners will be announced in January 2018. Please visit www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk to apply.

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New board members for Coast to Capital will help deliver its Gatwick 360 strategy

Four new board members have been appointed to support the delivery for its strategy for the “Gatwick 360” area.

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Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership announce the appointment of four new board members to support the delivery of its ambitious strategy for the area “Gatwick 360”.

The strategy sets out the scope for economic growth in an area which is hugely important for the national economy and has Gatwick Airport at its heart.

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Martin Harris, Managing Director at Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, has been appointed as a Co-opted Director with a specific transport remit. Martin is passionate about delivering sustainable emissions-free travel and will provide strategic direction in relation to the Gatwick 360 transport priority, in particular the need to maximise the economic benefit from transport investment including railways, roads and ports.

Rosaleen Liard, CEO at Chequers Contract Services Ltd, has been appointed as a business representative Director and will be focusing on advocating for small and medium sized enterprises. Rosaleen has joined Coast to Capital’s 10 other business representative Board members that are contributing to the development of an effective private and public sector partnership in order to deliver the Gatwick 360 vision.

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Adam Tickell, has been appointed as Coast to Capital’s education sector representative Director. Adam will be providing strategic leadership to deliver the Gatwick 360 priority to pioneer innovation in core strengths which will require university engagement across the area.

Daniel Yates, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, has been appointed as a public sector representative Director and joins the four other Local Authority leaders on the Board representing West Sussex County Council, Croydon Council, Surrey County Council and Mid Sussex District Council.

Tim Wates, Chairman at Coast to Capital said:

“Our Board boasts influential representatives from the public, private and education sector that have both specialist knowledge and passion for the Coast to Capital area. These new appointments strengthen the Board and will support us to deliver the Gatwick 360 strategy which will be the basis for negotiating further investment for the area.”

Martin Harris, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to both contribute from my existing experience and to extend my understanding and appreciation of the many ways in which a progressive and innovative approach to our future transport needs will support our local economy, and to contribute to the LEP’s wider work in supporting the economy which is so vital to the wellbeing of our communities”

Rosaleen Liard, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to join the board of Coast to Capital as a business representative with a background in forging effective partnerships. I am looking forward to supporting the ambitious strategic plan across the region to stimulate sustainable economic growth while delivering great places to live and work.”

Adam Tickell, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am honoured to have been asked to join the Board of Coast to Capital. The University is Sussex, like the rest of the region’s universities, is committed to supporting the needs of the area and I have been deeply impressed by the vigour with which Coast to Capital has developed its plans to support sustainable growth.”

Daniel Yates, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to delivering the infrastructure and development that the broader LEP economy requires. Like so many other local authority Leaders I recognise that the economic benefits of work across the region are felt within the city boundaries and being able to fully play my part in ensuring this continues is a great honour and challenge.”

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