A beach hut at the entrance to Rye harbour


UPDATE on the coronavirus outbreak and our grant-making

July 2020

In recent months, we have been focusing on supporting Sussex charities and community groups as they work hard to adjust their services to the coronavirus lock down and, at the same time, continue 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.

The next usual deadline for grant applications to our Autumn round is Friday 11th September and we are now accepting applications to that round – see below.


The Sussex Crisis Fund supports community and voluntary sector organisations who are leading efforts to support people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Please note that applications to the Sussex Crisis Fund are temporarily paused while we take account of new guidance attached to funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. There are additional requirements around fraud protection, privacy and data sharing which require some modifications to our processes. We plan to reopen for applications by Friday 10th July. Thank you for your patience while we make these changes.

Here is how our grant-making process works

We normally have three main rounds of grant-giving each year. However, in 2020, there will be two. Upcoming deadlines for applications (unless specified otherwise) is 5:00pm (1700 hours) as follows:

  • Friday 11th September 2020 (Decisions in Autumn 2020)
  • Friday 8th January 2021 (Decisions in Spring 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.  For smaller grants of up to £1,000, please consider applying to our Argus Appeal Fund (below).

  • Argus Appeal Fund provides grants of up to £1,000 for smaller charities, voluntary and community groups or individuals in need across Sussex. It provides a quicker service for applicants who need a small grant or have an immediate or urgent funding need. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year and need to be made using this Argus Appeal Fund form. The fund has its own guidance 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 £1,000. 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.

  • Crawley Cultural Fund (with Arts Council England) provides small grants to increase arts activity and community engagement in the arts for people living in Crawley. This fund has its own guidance and online application form.

  • Little Cheyne Court Windfarm 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.

  • 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.

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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