Action In Rural Sussex

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Action in rural Sussex was established in 1931 as Sussex Rural Community Council, and has worked with and for rural communities ever since.

We campaign for a living, working Sussex countryside. We promote the interests of rural communities, and provide practical support to young people, families, older people and others. We work with community groups to help them manage change and achieve their aspirations.

On this site you will find information about who we are, what we do, and ways that we can work with you to support communities in rural Sussex, including its market towns.



ESF Community Grants - apply now

Surrey Community Action has been reappointed to manage a programme distributing £1.8 million from the European Social Fund (ESF)  in Community Grants across the South East.  Grants of up to £15,000 will be used to support the most disadvantaged individuals to access further learning opportunities or progress to employment.  People benefitting from these grants will be experiencing barries to accessing services and will be economically inactive or not in paid work.

Closing dates for submissions are:

Round 2 - 1pm Monday 2nd June 2014

Round 3 - 1pm Monday 1st September 2014

For more information on the funding criteria please go to our website and to receive an application pack please contact detailing your organisation and contact details.  For an informal discussion please contact Jackie Bruder 01483 447143.


Sussex Community Foundation - Sussex Uncovered Report

AirS were pleased to be asked by the Sussex Community Foundation to provide a rural chapter for their report of deprivation and disadvantage across Sussex which was published this month.  The summary and full report can be found by clicking on the links below:

SCF Sussex Uncovered - Full Report

SCF Sussex Uncovered - Executive Summary 

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