Operation Watershed - Community Projects
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 is available for community groups, volunteer groups and town and parish councils within West Sussex who can apply 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 for the community
Further details can be found on the link.
We aim to support at least 10 projects per annum.
December 2019 performance
Quarter three saw active support for Parish & Town Councils and Community Groups in developing technical scopes and funding applications. Due to the projects complexities submissions were slow and only completed late in quarter three. This resulted in Operation Watershed deferring any funding decision to January 2020.
In September, 3 Resident Associations were awarded a total of £49,972
Bolnore Farm Lane – nr Haywards Heath, £15,308 to improve the access road drainage and reduce the risk of flooding to properties.
Summerley – Middleton on Sea, £32,644 for ditch and bank stabilisation as part of wider drainage work.
Willowbook – Middleton on Sea, £2,000 to extend bank stabilisation to enable better access for maintenance by the residence.
In 2018-19 there were a total of 21 projects funded.
- Arun – 3 projects receiving £109,505
- Adur – 1 project receiving £11,240
- Chichester – 9 projects receiving £136,233
- Horsham – 3 projects receiving £47,381
- Mid Sussex – 4 projects receiving £63,839
- Worthing – 1 project receiving £1,837