IGas businesses have been operating in the UK for over three decades and we pride ourselves on being a good neighbour, placing the community and local relationships at the heart of everything we do. Established in 2008, the IGas Community Fund supports community-led organisations that can make a real difference, helping to improve amenities locally. Since the start of the fund, IGas has awarded over £800,000.
To be eligible for an award, projects must be able to demonstrate real community impetus and benefits, for example, organisations that involve a broad span of the community, education and skills development, or projects that celebrate and protect local heritage.
In Singleton alone, since 2014, the following funds have been awarded:
Total £20, 515
Singleton and East Dean Women’s Institute
The Singleton and East Dean Women’s Institute (WI) wanted to mark the movement’s national centenary by developing an exhibition recording the history of the organisation. Through a £2,000 donation from the IGas Community Fund, the local group has been able to set up a permanent display at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton.
Founded in 1915, Singleton and East Dean WI was the first in England, so is itself also 100 years old. The celebrations included a competition judged by last year’s Sussex Business Woman of the Year in which visiting WIs from West Sussex each made a child’s dress, a decorated cake and a flower arrangement depicting the year in which they were founded.
Singleton CE Primary School
Using a £6,617 grant Singleton Primary School were able to purchase IPads and e-readers with the necessary storage and charging facilities to widen pupil engagement across the curriculum. The aim is to allow pupils access to learning opportunities they may not otherwise experience.
West Dean Parish Council
Using a £2,310 grant, West Dean Parish Council restored two traditional fingerposts, which were erected on their original sites in rural lanes between West Dean and Chilgrove. They replaced modern reflective signs that are out of keeping with the heritage of the area.