Richard Pearson describes the work of the Lewes Fund and how LTP members can benefit
While many parts of Lewes and the neighbouring villages are prospering, there are areas of significant deprivation and individuals in need. Requests for help via the Citizens Advice Bureau from those in need are at record levels. We are fortunate that there are over 100 local community groups and charities who, along with their volunteers, help meet these local needs.
The Lewes Fund www.lewesfund.org.uk was established in 2012 to help facilitate charitable giving and to act as a fund raiser for these local groups. The Fund draws on the knowledge and support of the local community, working together to help reduce disadvantage and build a stronger, sustainable community for the future.
The generosity of over 50 local contributors has already enabled us to give out over £25,000 in grants to 20 local community groups, and invest £150,000 in our Endowment Fund which is managed by Sussex Community Foundation. The income from this fund will enable grants to be made in future years.
The next grant round opens on 15 July and we welcome applications from local community groups and charities. Applications for grants, preferably up to the value of £1,000 should be made via our websitewww.lewesfund.org.uk. The application window is open until mid September.
For more information please email Richard Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org