about us

in the heart of our community

since 2001

Our History

Worthing Community Chest is a local, independent charity whose aim is to support community projects and activities in Worthing. We focus on projects which benefit local residents and bring our community together.

We were established in 2001 and, since then, we have helped more than 300 groups and awarded over £400,000 in grants. Read more about the projects and organisations we fund here!

Our grants programme accepts applications up to £1,500 via our Seed, Grass Roots and Small Grants funding streams.  We will consider all applications in the Worthing area whose objective is to improve the community.

funded groups

worth of grants given

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Worthing Community Chest is your local funder. We are here to help you do amazing things for our town. We believe that the projects and events facilitated by our local community groups and charities help to bring us together, making us stronger and more resilient. 


Our Trustees

Our chairman Noel at our summer gathering cheque presentation with our funded groups

noel atkins


Our trustee Martin being tackled by a child at the Rugby Club cheque presentation

martin ansell

Vice Chairman

Our trustee Vicky at Talent Within you, a group funded by Worthing Community Chest

Vicky vaughan

Grants Administrator and Partnership Coordinator

Our trustee Shirley at a cheque presentation for Heene Cemetary

shirley robinson viney


Our trustee Malcolm at our stall at the Better Business Show

malcolm brett


Our trustee Zach DJing for his group Make Amplify

richard nowak


Our treasurer Rigobel awarding a cheque to Worthing Croquet Club

rigobel fokou

Trustee / Treasurer

Our Grants Administrator Naomi, with our trustee Malcolm, smiling in front of our stall at the Better Business Show

sophie hawkins

Digital Communications

Our Patron, Bob Smytherman, being awarded a cheque for a grant for Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week

bob smytherman

Worthing Community Chest Patron

Become a Trustee

As a trustee, we look for someone passionate about our local community and what is happening in Worthing. Ideally, we hope a new trustee will bring unique knowledge and experience.


What are a trustee’s commitments?

  • Attending board meetings, one every 6 weeks
  • Keeping up to date with the progress and work of the charity
  • Commit to 2-4 hours of additional work within a committee or representing us at events