Here’s how it 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 10th January 2020 (Decisions in Spring 2020)
  • Friday 1st May 2020 (Decisions in Summer 2020)
  • Friday 11th September 2020 (Decisions in Autumn 2020)

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

Spring 2020 – deadline Friday 10th January 2020, 5pm (unless stated otherwise)

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. These are listed below – more may be added.  A full list of funds is available to download 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. 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.
  • #iwill Fund supports charities and community groups to engage young people in campaigning, volunteering, fundraising as part of a drive to encourage youth social action. This is part of the #iwill campaign, funded by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport the Big Lottery Fund who each invested £20 million to transform the culture of community engagement by getting young people involved in greater volunteering opportunities. Grants of £1,000 – £5,000. This fund has its own criteria and online application form.
  • Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund supports Sussex charities and community groups who operate within ten miles of the wind farm which lies seven miles east of Lydd on Romney Marsh.  Grants of between £500 and £5,000 support environmental, educational, community and charitable activities. This fund has its own guidance and online application form Deadline: 10th January 2020
  • Nationwide Fund is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable. Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in their local area. To find out more, visit Nationwide Community Grants Fund. Deadline:22nd November. 
  • Tampon Tax Community Fund supports​ grassroots organisations, working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. This fund has its own criteria and application form. Deadline: Friday 11th October
  • 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 round here.  Applications can be made at any time. 

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

Applicants interested in the Rampion Fund, please note that, from 2020, this fund will operate once per year in the Spring, with grants of up to £10,000 offered.  This fund will have a separate deadline in March 2020. 

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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