Sussex Grant-makers come together


Stephen Chamberlain, Head of Philanthropy, shares what happened at our recent meeting of grant-making foundations with a shared interest in Sussex.

In partnership with the Homity Trust and the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust this month we convened a roundtable discussion for grant-making foundations with a shared interest in Sussex.

We wanted to create a space to share knowledge, best-practice and insights from all our work and to discuss challenges and priorities we’re facing as organisations working to enable communities in Sussex.

Large group of people round a table listening to a man presenting.

Those attending included larger foundations with professional teams, family foundations with volunteer trustees, some with a focus on specific areas of Sussex and some who also fund nationally or even internationally.

We think we even had the oldest and newest foundations making grants in Sussex present – with an age difference of 419 years between them!

Some of the key discussion points included:

  • The importance of funding core costs
  • How to assess risk effectively and our own comfort with it
  • Mental health – particularly for children & young people
  • Multi-year funding
  • Equity, diversity & inclusion
  • Managing demand amidst a Cost of Living crisis
  • Succession planning
  • How to promote funding opportunities better
  • Funding + non-financial support

If you are involved with a grant-making trust with a focus on Sussex or a professional advising one do get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Stephen Chamberlain, Head of Philanthropy


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