How it works 

Our grants are structured into what we call our general awards and special funds and programmes. Details for each can be found below. Note that you can normally apply for our special funds at the same time as applying for or holding a grant from our general awards, unless stated otherwise.

Our general awards

Here is how our main grant-making process works  

Our General Awards are open to applications. We have three main rounds of grant-giving each year. Upcoming deadlines for applications (unless specified otherwise) is 5:00pm (1700 hours) as follows:

  • Friday 6th May 2022 (Decisions in July 2022)
  • Friday 9th September 2022 (Decisions November 2022)
  • Friday 6th January 2023 (Decisions March 2023)

Our grants programme is made up of a range of funds which help to address disadvantage and deprivation and build resilience in Sussex communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. We are particularly keen to support grassroots community groups and small-to-medium sized voluntary organisations. Please note our general funds cannot support small contributions to large capital appeals or campaigns. General round grants are available to cover a range of core and project costs including support for work planned in response to the pandemic.

Please read the general guidance notes before applying.

How to apply

Access our online application form by following this link and follow the on-screen instructions. You can save and return to your application as many times as you like before you submit it. If you are unable to apply online, please contact our Grants Team on 01273 409440 or email for a copy of the application form.

Special Funds and Programmes

Below is the list of currently open special funds and programmes, which you can apply to in addition to the General Awards. 

  • Winter Support and Recovery Fund is a new source of funding for East and West Sussex in response to the current needs and impact on the voluntary sector in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding offers support across three identified themes of Mental health and Well-being Support; Reconnecting People and Communities, and Reducing Health Inequalities. This funding is particularly aimed at supporting people who experience social, economic and health inequalities. This includes (but is not limited to) people with a protected characteristic defined under the Equalities Act of 2010, people who are homeless or insecurely housed and people on low incomes and/or living in areas of high deprivation and poor health outcomes. Find out more here. Read the full fund criteria here. Apply online here. Grants up to £10,000. 
  • Rampion Community Benefit Fund supports organisations working for the benefit of the people of Sussex, within the Fund benefit area, from Littlehampton Harbour in the west, to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north. The Fund seeks to support projects that benefit the local community, in particular those with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy. More information here. Please read the Rampion Fund guidance notes before making an application. Grants up to £10,000. This fund has its own application form. Deadline 25 March 2022.

  • Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund supports voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. Applicants applying for over £5,000 must partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation to help deliver their project. More information here. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Read the full guidance here. This Fund has its own application form. Closing date for applications Monday 28th February 2022.

  • East Sussex Food Security Fund supports food security projects in East Sussex, thanks to East Sussex County Council. We recommend reading the full unique criteria carefully before submitting your application. Applications can be received at any time and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with outcomes expected within two to three weeks of applications being received. This strand of emergency funding continues to be open and we encourage applicants to submit their proposals as soon as they are ready. Grants up to £10,000 available. Please note, projects in Brighton and Hove are not eligible to apply for this strand of funding. Apply online here.

  • East Brighton Trust Fund supports charities, community and voluntary groups undertaking projects or events that benefit people who live in East Brighton. Grants up to £500. This fund has its own guidance and online application form. Deadline for applications extended to Friday 4 February 2022.
  • Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund supports charities and community groups based within a ten-kilometre radius of the wind farm, which lies seven miles east of Lydd on Romney Marsh, and undertaking environmental, educational, community and charitable activities. This fund has its own criteria and online application form. Grants up to £5,000. Deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022.
  • Westdene Fund gives grants of up to £1,000 to individual young people (aged 16-25 years) in Sussex with outstanding musical talent. This fund has its own guidance and online application form which needs to be completed with supporting reference document which can be found here. Applications can be made at any time.

Supporting documents

All applications received must be accompanied by copies of the required supporting documents (including signed copies of your constitution and accounts) by the relevant deadline. Please note you do not have to resubmit copies of your constitution and policies if you have already done so with a previous application. You will find the list of documents to submit with your application on our standard guidance.

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