Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest

The 2018 Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest fund launched last week at an event near Crawley.  

Hall & Woodhouse pubs set up the Community Chest in 2002 to provide local help for its local community in and around Sussex (and Dorset). Since then, they have donated over £500,000 to 689 voluntary organisations. 

The ethos of the Community Chest is:

  • Working together towards improving both facilities and the lives of residents in the community.
  • Promoting, encouraging and supporting community involvement.
  • Offering access funds to local voluntary groups with clearly identified needs.

The Community Chest for 2018 is a pool of £50,000 and supporting funds raised by Hall & Woodhouse pubs.

Hall & Woodhouse is supported by Blackmore Vale Media and the Dorset Community Foundation, who provide the scheme in the Western area with publicity, advice and local knowledge. Covering the Eastern area, our partners are The West Sussex County Times and Sussex Community Foundation.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from any voluntary or community organisation or group with a local interest that is based or works in our trading area in the south of England, from Devon to Kent and north to Bath, Bristol and London.

Grants could be made in the following areas:

  • Youth work and activities
  • Pre-schools
  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • Health and social care
  • Local arts
  • Conservation and the environment
  • Animal care
  • Local community

Applications will not be considered from national organisations or those that are profit-making or political.

What can you apply for?

Groups can apply for grants of amounts between £300 and £3,000 to help them achieve their aims. Grants could be awarded for:

  • Equipment, furniture
  • Training
  • Transport
  • Professional assistance
  • Specific project resources

How can you apply?

You can apply online here or download a form here. The next deadline for applications is Friday 4th May 2018. Please note: the Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest fund is managed by  Hall & Woodhouse and not Sussex Community Foundation. If you have any queries, please contact Hall & Woodhouse direct here

What are the judges looking for?

The Community Chest judges are made up of representatives from the scheme’s partners Hall & Woodhouse Ltd., Blackmore Vale Media, Dorset Community Foundation, Sussex Newspapers and Sussex Community Foundation.

Each judge has their own criteria but organisations should ask themselves the following questions:

Need – Is there a real need for this project? Does your project or organisation really improve the lives of local residents or is it nice to have?

Own efforts – What efforts have you made to help your own organisation? How much money have you raised for your project or organisation?

Difference – How much more money is needed to make the project a reality? Will a grant of up to £3,000 enable the project to happen?

Each team of judges will have to look through around 200 applications so the organisations who have demonstrated that they have a real need, have helped themselves and that any money awarded will make a difference, are more likely to be successful.

The judges will split the applications into two groups: large awards of over £1,000 and small awards. The large awards will be short-listed for a judges’ visit and the small awards judged on the merit of their application form only.

When will grants be awarded?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by August 2018 and cheques will be presented to the successful organisations at awards evenings in Dorset and West Sussex in September 2018. You can see a list of last year’s winners here.

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