SOMPTING residents have been granted £93,000 to spend over the coming year on community improvements in the first major instalment of the village’s £1million Big Lottery grant.
The money will be split between a number of different uses, with £14,000 earmarked for tackling debt and financial inclusion, £9,000 for small grants and community transport, and £8,500 for improvements to local facilities.
Sompting’s parks and open spaces will get £10,000 for improvements, while £12,000 has been set aside for a youth club, apprentices and activities.
Ten thousand pounds will go to the Albion in the Community football and employment project and £8,500 for publicity, road-shows and festivals
Running The Big Local Hub and paying and training the hub co-ordinator will cost £21,000.
Jim Boot, representing Big Local in Sussex, said: “This is a huge achievement for residents and partner organisations and they should be immensely proud.
“There are some real un-sung heroes in Sompting who have had to battle hard to get to this point.
“Hopefully, residents of all ages will thank them for their efforts and offer their continuing support.”
To access the cash, residents and organisations worked together to form a Big Local Partnership, develop a profile of the area based on residents’ views, and put together an action plan.
To help get them started, they had an extra grant of £20,000 and an £18,000 advance on the £1 million which enabled them to hold events including a launch, Easter family fun days, exhibitions at two Sompting festivals, and open the Big Local Hub.
They also held workshops as part of the Adur Festival, an epilepsy open day, a planting day and barbecue at Millfield and built new fencing around Crowshaw Rec.
A number of activities are now held at the Hub, including children’s arts and crafts, an epilepsy support group and a knitting group. Co-chairman Trevor Crowter said he was really excited the funding had been released.
“We can now start to make a positive difference to Sompting and the community,” he said. “I encourage everyone to get on board to make this a change for the better.”