West Sussex County Times

Extension is announced for Community Chest grant applicatio­ns

- Community Chest

An annual cash giveaway to worthy causes across Sussex has extended the deadline for applicatio­ns.

The Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest sees thousands of pounds every year given to groups across the county.

It is supported by this newspaper which has been the media partner and judge since it was first launched in Sussex more than a decade ago.

The date for applicatio­ns has now been extended to Monday, May 17.

Lucinda Gray, Company Relationsh­ip Manager and Next Generation Family Director of Hall & Woodhouse, explained: “We understand that the pandemic has inflicted new pressures and hurdles for the charity sector to overcome. We acknowledg­e that many teams are continuing to operate with reduced staff and we feel it is imperative to provide extra support and time needed for applicatio­ns to be submitted.

“As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic and its various lockdowns, we are keen to hear from local charities and community groups that sit at the heart of their communitie­s. No cause is too small and we want to reach those that will be relied on now more than ever as we

return to some normality. In particular, we know that initiative­s which boost mental health such as sports and youth clubs as well as village halls, community farms and extracurri­cular school activities, all have important roles to play as the government restrictio­ns ease.”

Local voluntary organisati­ons in regions where Hall & Woodhouse operate can apply online for grants up to £4,000 to support their cause. A total of £50,000 has been pledged by Hall & Woodhouse and a grant can go towards improving a variety of different aspects of the local area- for example, by helping the youth, elderly, disabled, arts, environmen­t and more.

Since 2002, the Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest has donated over £650,000 to more than 800 causes across the south of England and is backed by the Dorset and Sussex Community Foundation­s.

Applicants now have until Monday May 17 to submit their grant requests. Applicatio­n forms can be downloaded via www.hall-woodhouse. co.uk/community-chest and then emailed to communityc­hest@hallwoodho­use.co.uk for considerat­ion.

Successful grant beneficiar­ies will be notified of the outcome of their applicatio­n in September with an awards event in October 2021.

 ??  ?? Mark Woodhouse and Lucinda Gray virtually hosting last year’s awards
Mark Woodhouse and Lucinda Gray virtually hosting last year’s awards
 ??  ?? The Hall & Woodhouse Brewery
The Hall & Woodhouse Brewery

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