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County Council funding still available for community groups in West Sussex

More than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform so far, with 17 projects reaching their fundraising goal.

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West Sussex County Council have today announced community groups have just over two weeks to upload their ideas for crowdfunded projects in the latest round of county council funding.

Thousands of pounds is being made available to worthwhile community projects across the county thanks to The West Sussex Crowd.

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This crowdfunding platform gives members of the public, businesses and West Sussex County Council the opportunity to pledge money to groups in need of funds.

Project creators have until Monday 8 October to upload their ideas and begin fundraising in order to qualify for the next round of county council Community Initiative Funding.

So far more than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform with 17 projects successfully reaching their fundraising goal.

These include Selsey Care Shop which supports carers and the elderly, The Regis School of Music which hosts support groups, language classes and music lessons, The Quarry Café in East Grinstead and Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week.

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“We have already seen such a range of brilliant projects hit their targets thanks to pledges from members of the public and the county council’s Community Initiative Fund.

“I would encourage more groups to take full advantage of this opportunity by uploading their ideas to The Crowd and start fundraising before the 8 October, to make sure they are eligible for our funding.”

Earlier this month, a number of free clinics offering 1-2-1 project advice were held by local community and voluntary sector organisations in partnership with the county council and crowdfunding partner, Spacehive.

One more clinic will take place this week:

• Crawley project clinic, Wednesday 26 September (midday-4pm) at Crawley Library. To book a place, visit ‘News & Events’ on The Crowd.

The county council’s Community Initiative Fund replaces its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund. It will be allocated at County Local Committee (CLC) meetings throughout the year.

For more information visit www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

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20 new jobs created as Argos to open new store inside Sainsbury’s West Green, Crawley

The store opens tomorrow (July 26th).

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The expansion of Argos stores within Sainbury’s continues with one now opening inside Crawley’s West Green store.

With huge pressure from online stores Argos has had to find a way to survive and its partnership with Sainsbury’s has seen the store evolve considerably.

Argos is now relying on what they call their ‘market-leading Fast Track Delivery and Click & Collect‘ and says that around 20,000 products can be ordered for same day collection in store and for home delivery in as little as four hours.

The new store will also have a Pay@Browse area with tablets that allow customers to make purchases for their products instead of the old catalogues and paper/pencil combination.

Martin Cawdry, Sainsbury’s West Green Store Manager said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Argos team and even more fantastic colleagues to our store in Crawley.

The opening is great news for our customers, who are always looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. We look forward to offering them an exciting range of products at fantastic value.”

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