Small grants available for learning difficulty and autistic projects - Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats
Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Small grants available for learning difficulty and autistic projects

Funding is available for small grants for learning difficulty and autistic spectrum disorder projects across West Sussex for 2012/13.

A total of £60,000 is available for learning difficulty grants and £45,000 for autistic spectrum disorder grants from West Sussex County Council.

Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services Peter Catchpole said: “This year the process for both grants has been merged into one form and the same timetable, to make it easier for applicants.

“Examples of successful grants in the past have included a project that helps people with limited means to be able to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, a café providing a meeting time and place for people with learning difficulties and complex communication support needs, and a project to develop easy read leaflets about end of life care.”

Applications must be for revenue funding only, not for capital, and preferably for new initiatives or developments.

They must meet one or more of the defined criteria, which include:

·          Providing family carers of adults with learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders with a short break from caring responsibilities by offering meaningful occupation and activity for the cared for.
·          Improves health and wellbeing of adults with learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders.
·          Improves access to mainstream services for adults with learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders.
·          Promotes the inclusion of adults in their local communities.

Applications must be received by Friday January 6, 2012, and will then be considered by the Learning Difficulties Partnership Board.

For further information, or for an application form, contact Mike Smith at West Sussex County Council on 01903 839071 or e-mail mike.s.smith@westsussex.gov.uk