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There is good news for voluntary organisations in Adur wishing to apply for grant support from statutory organisations serving the area.

There is now a simpler and more straightforward route to funding which can be followed, thanks to partnership working between West Sussex County Council Social & Caring Services, Adur District Council and Adur Arun & Worthing Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Working through, and under the auspice of the Adur in Partnership Health & Social Care Local Planning Group (LPG), the three organisations have developed and launched a new process, which will enable voluntary groups to be considered for grant support through the completion of only one application form.

The new system effectively does away with the separate arrangements for grant funding previously used by Social & Caring Services, the District Council and the Primary Care Trust. Local voluntary organisations providing help to people in Adur with a range of health and social care needs, can now apply for funding if they are working in support of any of five key priority areas of need, agreed by the LPG. These are:

· Promoting the independence of older people
· Reducing health inequalities
· Promoting social inclusion
· Supporting carers
· Meeting young people's needs

"This is an innovative and long overdue approach to providing much needed grant support to local groups", said Adur in Partnership Chair, Pat Beresford. "Through the creation of this one-stop grants process, we are providing a more joined up way of using the available money to support the much valued work of voluntary organisations in Adur. Perhaps more importantly for the groups concerned, we are making it easier for them to apply."

The deadline for receipt of completed grant applications is 31st January 2004.

For more information about the new grant arrangements, or to request an application pack, voluntary organisations providing services in Adur can contact David Richardson on 01273 268800/268847. Email: