Brighton Pride have announced the formation of an independent board to facilitate the Social Impact Fund, a new incentive set up by Pride to benefit the city’s communities in the areas most affected by the social impact of the Pride weekend celebrations.
The Social Impact Fund board members will include the editors of the city’s main media outlets and will consist of Mike Gibson (The Argus), Greg Hadfield (Brighton & Hove Independent), James Ledward (Gscene Magazine), Tim Ridgeway, and Bill Smith (The Latest).
Brighton Pride raised a record-breaking £100,000 for good causes in 2015, with £90,000 being donated to the Rainbow Fund who make grants to LGBT/HIV organisations delivering effective front line services to LGBT people in the city. A further £10,00 is earmarked for the new Social Impact Fund.
It is hoped that the new Social Impact Fund will enable Pride to support more local good causes that benefit all the city’s diverse communities.
The Social Impact Fund board will meet on Tuesday, October 13 to set the criteria for the fund and the grant application process.
James Ledward, commissioning editor of Gscene said: “This new fund offers a uinque opportunity to support organisations that work all year round, often without any recognition, to make Brighton and Hove a better and safer place for everyone to live.”