UPDATE on coronavirus and our grant-making October 2020

Applications to Sussex Crisis Fund have been paused temporarily.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have focussed on supporting Sussex charities and community groups, as they worked hard to adjust their services to the coronavirus lock down and, at the same time, continued to meet the needs of the people they support. The importance of providing access to quick emergency funding has been our greatest priority during this time.

From March to now, our funding support has been mostly through the Sussex Crisis Fund which has given out over £2.3 million to date. The final phase of this programme included support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the National Emergencies Trust, as well as our own locally raised funds, most of which has now been allocated.

At this stage, we have taken the decision to temporarily close or pause applications to the Sussex Crisis Fund, whilst we determine what remaining funds are available to support this programme. We are also awaiting the outcome of the second stage of our local appeal to help us continue the work of this Fund.  

Depending on the availability of funds, we do hope to be able to reopen for applications within a few weeks, though this is likely to be for a limited period. If you have an application in with us currently, we will continue to process this in the usual way and you should hear the outcome shortly.

Sussex Crisis Fund: food security projects in East Sussex

East Sussex County Council has committed £195,000 to support food security projects in East Sussex. This funding strand has its own criteria and the application process is the same as for the Sussex Crisis Fund.  For more information about this strand of Sussex Crisis Fund funding, please visit here. This strand of funding continues to be open and we encourage applicants to submit their proposals as soon as they are ready. Apply online here

Our General Awards

Here is how our grant-making process works  

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 8th January 2021 (Decisions in Spring 2021)
  • Friday 7th May 2021 (Decisions in Summer 2021)
  • Friday 10th September 2021 (Decisions in Autumn 2021)

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.

Please read the general guidance notes before applying.


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. 

  • Co-op Covid-19 Fund supports sustainable food poverty projects across Sussex. Grants of up to £5,000 are available with the potential to support larger grants of up to £10,000 where projects are working across East and West Sussex or for more strategic projects. This fund has its own criteria and application form. Closing date 13th November 2020. 
  • East Brighton Trust Fund supports voluntary or not-for-profit community groups to undertake projects or run events that benefit people who live in East Brighton (Bates Estate, Higher Bevendean, Manor Farm, Moulsecoomb, Saunders Park, Bristol Estate, Craven Vale, and Whitehawk). Grants of up to £1,000 are available.  This fund has its own guidance and online application form. If you are unable to apply online, please call our Grants Team on 01273 409440 or email our Grants Team for a copy of the application form. Closing date 8th January 2021. 
  • Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund supports charities and community groups based within a ten-kilometre radius of the wind farm (which is located 7 kilometres west of Lydd on Romney Marsh), and undertaking environmental, educational, community and charitable activities. This fund has its own criteria and online application form. Closing date for applications 29th January 2021.
  • Rampion Fund supports organisations working for the benefit of the people of Sussex from Littlehampton Harbour in the west, to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north close to the wind farm’s onshore substation. The fund supports projects that benefit the broad community, in particular those with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy. Priority will be given to projects that also help to tackle disadvantage and improve people’s lives and well-being. For the Rampion Fund’s main area of benefit, grants are offered in the range of £1,000 – £10,000, with higher grants offered only in exceptional circumstances. This fund has its own guidance and application form and specific area of benefit. Please do contact us to request further information. Closing date for applications 26th March 2021. 
  • 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.
  • Sussex Crisis Fund: Food Security Projects in East Sussex this strand has it’s own criteria and continues to be open (whilst applications to the main Sussex Crisis Fund are paused). We encourage applicants to submit their proposals as soon as they are ready. Apply online here

Other funds

The Argus Appeal Fund is currently paused for applications as we focus on the Sussex Crisis Fund for emergency fast track grants, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We aim to reopen this fund in January 2021.

For information on or to apply to the Shoreham Air Show Fund, please call our Head of Grant Programmes, Hannah Clay on 01273 409440 or email Hannah Clay.

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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