Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

£1m BIG Local funding for Sompting


Adur District Council is extremely pleased with the allocation of over £1m to Sompting as part of the Lottery BIG Local programme.

BIG Local, a national charity set up by the BIG Lottery to support community development programmes, contacted the Adur and Worthing Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), of which Adur Council is a lead partner, to assist in identifying a suitable area of Adur District for developmental support as Adur has been seen as a ‘cold spot’ for lottery funding.

David Simmons, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-Being and the community, worked alongside the LSP, Adur Council and the voluntary sector to put three areas – Lancing and Fishergate – forward for consideration to BIG Local.   Sompting was selected for the grant – which is spread over the next 10 years – based on the evidence submitted to support the application.
This Lottery initiative must be community led, driven and delivered to enable local people to identify their own priorities to improve their area and find solutions that work for them. Residents supported by BIG Local, will need to come together to spend the funding which can be used for a range of things to improve their community such as starting up social enterprises, addressing unemployment, providing activities locally or other local issues.

Councillor Simmons said: “This is a massive once in a lifetime opportunity for local people to really make a difference in their community. It really does put ‘Big Society’ at the heart of the community.”