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UPDATE on coronavirus and our grant-making January 2021

As many of you will know, in March 2020, we set up our own emergency fund – the Sussex Crisis Fund – to help respond to the needs arising due to the coronavirus crisis. Between March and December last year, we allocated just under £2.7 million in emergency grants. This Fund was supported by the National Emergencies Trust, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and our own locally raised funds including support from East Sussex County Council, The Argus Appeal, American Express and a large number of local donors.

We are now at a stage where these emergency funds have now been fully allocated and we have therefore had to close the Sussex Crisis Fund to new applications. However, our General Awards are open to applications (see below) and we do continue to have the following emergency funds available:

Please see below for more information on these two funds. Applications for both 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. We recommend reading the criteria carefully before submitting your application. 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.

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 7th May 2021 (Decisions in Summer 2021)
  • Friday 10th September 2021 (Decisions in Autumn 2021)
  • Friday 7th January 2022 (Decisions in Spring 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.

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. 

Emergency funding

  • Covid Winter Support Fund makes grants of up to £5,000 to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, mutual aid groups, and town and parish councils across East Sussex and West Sussex, to enable these groups and organisations to meet the identified winter needs of families, children and young people. This fund has its own criteria and application form. For emergency funding in Brighton & Hove, please refer to Brighton & Hove’s funding pages: Winter funding for community and voluntary organisations

  • East Sussex Food Security Fund 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, 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.

Other funds

  • 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. More info on the fund here. 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.

Other funds

Applications to the Argus Appeal Fund are closed whilst we continue to respond to emergency funding needs but we hope to reopen the fund to applications again in February 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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