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Over £440k awarded to local community groups by Crawley Borough Council

Crawley Borough Council has continued celebrating the work of community and voluntary groups around the town at a presentation event held at the Town Hall.



Community groups gathered at the presentation.

The council awarded more than £440,000 to organisations across Crawley as part of their Community Grants scheme for 2019/20.

Community grants are awarded to assist with the costs involved in new or existing activities, such as setting up and running projects, services and events that are of benefit to Crawley residents and visitors.

This year, groups who received community grants include:

  • Crawley Community and Youth Service – £28,749
  • West Sussex Mediation Service £3,000
  • Age UK West Sussex  – Community Clubs – £28,915
  • Age UK West Sussex – Information and Advice – £11,283
  • Celtic and Irish Cultural society – £5,000
  • Crawley Festival – £12,500
  • Forget-Me-Not Club Crawley – £5,000
  • Crawley Open House – Outreach Team – £28,000
  • Crawley Museum Society – Ifield Watermill – £3,675
  • Crawley Community and Voluntary Service – £122,787
  • Broadfield Community Centre – £38,000
  • Community Transport Sussex – £37,855
  • Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group – £2,500
  • Crawley Open House – £51,657
  • Home Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex – £17,905
  • The Posh Club – £6,442
  • WORDfest – £3,000
  • Relate North and South West Sussex – £25,750
  • Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex – £5,000
  • LPK Learning – £5,000
  • Springboard Project – £2,500
  • DIVERSE Crawley – £2,500

Many of the community grants awarded will be put towards maintaining the services, activities and events that offer support to vulnerable groups in Crawley.

Presenting the awards, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Councillor Brenda Smith, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to award grants so many worthy groups. Each and every organisation is thoroughly deserving of this funding and will make a significant difference to the local community.”

The Council’s Open Grants scheme is now open for applications for local action and support provided by not-for-profit organisations. For more information visit


Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!



Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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