Community News

Grants available for community and voluntary groups

Besi Besemar May 6, 2019

Community and voluntary organisations throughout the city can apply for a share of a £363,000 council funding scheme.

THE Communities Fund aims to help the wide variety of voluntary organisations who make a big impact on the life of the city.

Groups can apply for money to help with running costs, the cost of organising a specific activity or event, or to buy small items of equipment.

Last year (2018/19) a total of 99 groups, who between them work with thousands of people across the city, benefited from the fund.

Organisations which received a share of the funds included, for example, Moulsecoomb Amateur Boxing Club, the Crew Club in Whitehawk, Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball Team, Benfield Wildlife and Conservation Group, and Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard.

How to apply
This year’s funding scheme is now open and the deadline for the first round of applications is May 24, 2019. There are also other opportunities to apply for money from the scheme throughout the year.

The main aims of the fund are:
♦ improving wellbeing
♦ building cohesion
♦ promoting fairness

These aims are supported through three funding streams.
♦ The Engagement Fund with awards up to £2,000;
♦ The Resilience Fund up to £10,000 and
♦ The Collaboration Fund up to £20,000 for partnership projects.

The fund is supported by the Phillip Hedgcock Bequest – a charitable trust fund administered by the Communities, Equality & Third Sector Team – with investment from the council’s Textile Recycling Fund.

For more information about the Communities Fund and how to apply on the council’s website, click here:

Or call: 01273 291114.