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£20,000 awarded to local community organisations

Ferry Farm Community Solar made its sixth community grant award with a further £20,000 being awarded to local community organisations. This is the first grant fund since the Coronavirus Crisis Fund launched at the start of the pandemic last year and swiftly follows the successful close of the community bond offer which formed part of a highly successful refinancing process in 2020.


19 of the 26 applications received funding with several supporting youth, health and environmentally focused projects. The awards made were:

  • Selsey Cricket Club - All Stars Cricket training for the next generation of colts - £400

  • Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital – funding towards a specially adapted animal ambulance - £1,250

  • Selsey Men-in-Sheds – for the purchase of tools and equipment to enable an increase in the number of members - £500

  • Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group – to provide a Heritage Trail leaflet, display materials and signage for the Heritage Trail Centre - £1,120

  • The Bridge’s Dance Live Team, The Academy, Selsey – to partly fund a storage container for stage sets and costumes - £500

  • Grow Selsey – development of a local service enabling families to access resources needed to grow healthy, sustainable food - £2,000

  • Arts Dream Selsey - to revive and restage 'Tonight Charlie Chaplin at the Pavilion' - £1,300

  • Youth Dream - funding a Youth Club in Selsey and Youth Worker to provide an evening safe space for young people - £1,000

  • Sidlesham Community Association – to purchase all weather picnic tables for refreshments served to those using the Memorial Playing Field - £1,890

  • Selsey Community First Responders – funding towards the replacement of metal defibrillator cabinets with polycarbonate ones, better suited to Selsey's climate - £2,000

  • Selsey Buddy Support - funding continuing support for Selsey's most vulnerable and needy residents - £2,000

  • Selsey Befriending Activities – funding towards the provision of support and activities for the vulnerable and elderly - £1,000

  • Selsey Carers Support - funding ongoing support and social interaction for unpaid carers to relieve stress and isolation - £1,000

  • Selsey Wellbeing Services – funding ongoing support of young people's mental health and wellbeing - £1,000

  • Selsey Community Forum - recording and making available present and future care plans to improve the care of those in need, particularly those with communication difficulties - 1,000

  • Selsey Dementia Action Alliance - provide ongoing support to those living with dementia and unpaid carers - £1,000

  • Selsey Money Support - provide ongoing one-to-one comprehensive support and advice for those in debt £1,000

In the 5 years since the community solar farm was built, more than £100,000 has been awarded to support local community organisations, groups and schools to deliver projects in Selsey and Sidlesham. Ferry Farm Community Solar is expected to generate around £2 million of community funding over its lifetime.

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