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Grants

UPDATE on Covid-19 and our grant-making – November 2021

The ESCC Food Security Fund is open to applications up to £10,000 for emergency funding. Please see full details below. 

Our general awards

Here is how our 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 7th January 2022 (Decisions in Spring 2022)
  • Friday 6th May 2022 (Decisions in Summer 2022)

Our grants programme is made up of a range of funds which help to address disadvantage and deprivation and build resilience in Sussex communities. 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.

Our current round

Please note: some of the funds open this round have criteria outside our General Awards and/or a special application form or a different deadline. Most of our grants are up to £5,000 unless otherwise advertised. 

Emergency funding

  • 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.

Please do also ensure all the required supporting information is sent to us at the time of submitting your application. We cannot consider your application without this.

Other funds currently open

  • 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. Deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2022
  • The Southern 360 ‘Making Communities Better Fund’, is open to non-profit organisations including charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations. Funding supports projects promoting neighbourliness and communities, improving health and wellbeing, and tackling poverty. Apply via the general awards application form (deadline 7th January). Applicants will be expected to make contact with the development lead at Southern Housing prior to submitting an application. More information here
  • 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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