September 2019 performance
Three Resident Associations were successful in their Operation Watershed applications and awarded a total of £49,972 in September.
  • Bolnore Farm Lane – Bolnore, nr Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex £15,308.40 to improve the drainage along the access road and reduce the risk of flooding to the properties.
  • Summerley – Middleton on Sea, Arun £32,644 to carry out ditch and bank stabilisation work as part of wider drainage work to reduce risk of flooding to local properties.
  • Willowbook – Middleton on Sea, Arun £2,000 to complete a previously funded  project and extend the bank stabilisation a further 10 meters to enable better access for maintenance by the residence.

June 2019 performance
The 2022 target has been met. However, new funds have been allocated for 2019-20, although no funds have yet been awarded to projects for Q1.
March 2019 performance
Flood Risk Reduction Projects Across Arun, Adur, Chichester, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing received funds to support local residents reduce flood risk in their area.
January 2018 performance
January 2019 saw a further 11 community led projects receiving Operation Watershed Active Communities grant funding making a total of 21 projects for 2018/19.
 The £174,562.85 will help reduce the risk of localised surface water flooding impacting the communities of Albourne, Amberley, Birdham, Chidham & Hambrook, East Ashling, Fulking, Loxwood, Pulborough, Rusper, Tangmere and Willowbrook Residents Association.
 This round of awards are the last for 2018/19, with Operation Watershed looking set to continue from April 2019 with further funds to support local flood risk reduction projects.
Quarter 3 - December 2018 performance
Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund supported a further three successful applications. Shoreham Beach Primary School, Friends of Springfield Infants School and Sutton & Barlavington Parish Council received a total of £30,971.50 funds for projects to reduce the risk of localised surface water flooding impacting the community.  
Quarter 2 - September 2108 performance
Work continues with Parish & Town Councils and Community Groups to complete applications to access funding available 2018/19 financial year.
Quarter 1  - June 2018 performance
2018-19 – £300,000 has been made available for community projects under the Operation Watershed ‘Active Communities Fund’ in the financial year 2018-19.
6 community groups (7 applications in total) have been awarded funding during Q1 bringing total to 58.

Quarter 4 - March 2018 performance

19 project applications were granted funding in the final quarter of 2017/18

£500,000 was made available for community projects under the Operation Watershed “Active Communities Fund” in the financial year 2017/18

A total of 52 applications were approved grant funding and the funding pot was fully utilised in this financial year

Quarter 3 - December 2017 performance

Summary information on the projects that have been funded over the year can be located on the link below.


Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund is a grant fund supporting community groups working in their local area to help prepare for, and reduce the risk and impacts of flooding from ground and surface water.

A committed funding pot of £500,000 is available for 2017/18 that community groups, volunteer groups and town and parish councils within West Sussex can apply for to fund projects they wish to deliver for themselves.

Applications have to demonstrate:

  • How it addresses recognised flood issues
  • If it has strong community support
  • That it demonstrates value for money
  • How it will realise benefits to your community

All applications need the support of the local, elected County Councillor. In particular communities are encouraged to come together and develop the network of local action groups.