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Crawley Council hosts free funding advice sessions for local groups

The new sessions will give applicants advice on how to apply successfully for grants to set up or develop their community activities or achieve a one-off project.



Sessions for community and voluntary groups that will provide information and advice about start-up funding and grants are to be hosted by Crawley Borough Council.

Charity managers and organisers of not-for-profit groups are invited to book a free place on Wednesday 7 November in the Civic Hall to find out about opportunities with the council’s Grants Officer and the Funding Advice Worker from Crawley Community and Voluntary Service (CCVS).

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The face-to-face sessions on offer will give applicants advice on how to apply successfully for grants to set up or develop their community activities or perhaps achieve a one-off project.

Funding comes from a variety of sources and these advisors have the expertise and understanding of how a successful funding application is made.

Councillor Brenda Smith, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “People locally have some great ideas on how to add value to their community and to organise some really successful projects or events. Finding funding is often an obstacle stopping things from happening.

“We particularly encourage new groups to apply and any new partnerships as often groups can achieve more by working together.”

Karl Parks, Groups Advisor at CCVS, said: “We are keen to help local groups explore new ways of diversifying their income and increasing their confidence in completing funding applications.

“These sessions will help us identify the most appropriate funding sources available for your project and any other areas of group development that may need to be discussed before applying for funding.”

To book a place email and for more information visit

If you would like to apply for a council Community Grant, please contact Craig Downs on 01293 438763, email or visit


Woman taken to hospital after collision with bus

Roads around Gossops Green were closed as emergency services attended to the scene.



A 30-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus.

The collision occurred on Gossops Drive causing roads around the area to be closed by the police.

A spokesperson from Metrobus said:

“At 5.50pm today a Metrobus route 1 bus was travelling along Gossops Drive, near the Windmill pub in Crawley, when a pedestrian coming from a side street ran in front of a car and then into the path of the bus, which knocked her over.

The bus hit the lady and she suffered head injuries. She was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton and her injuries are not life threatening.

CCTV, which is on all of our buses, clearly shows the sequence of events. The lady was wearing a hoodie, which may have affected her view of the road.”

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“We urge people to take care when crossing the road, particularly in the winter time, when visibility can be poor.

“This is an awful thing to happen to anybody and I am relieved her injuries were not life threatening. Our driver is shaken up but coping and he’s pleased the lady is ok.”

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