The Chagossian Fund

The Chagossian Fund at Sussex Community Foundation is a grants programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and managed by Sussex Community Foundation. The Chagossian Fund is part of the UK government’s commitment to the Chagossian Support Package – a £40m commitment to support Chagossians where they now live.

This fund is particularly aimed at voluntary sector organisations, grassroots community groups and established local charities supporting Chagossian people living in Crawley and other parts of Sussex.

Funding is offered to support one or more of the following Fund criteria:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Social care
  • Culture

You can find more detailed guidance and criteria by visiting here

Applications are to be made online using the Chagossian Fund application form.

It is also worth referencing the Sussex Community Foundation standard guidance which applies to this funding where not otherwise specified.

Groups awarded funding so far: 

  • Crawley Community Youth Service Received a grant to develop their music project engaging young people within the Chagossian community by offering them the opportunity to develop, perform, and showcase their musical skills.
  • Chagossian Elderly West Sussex ClubReceived a grant to support the group over six months for the community to come together and share stories over lunch often ending with live music and dancing provided by community volunteers.
  • Melting Pot Project Community Interest CompanyReceived a grant to provide free English Language classes to Chagossian people from Pre-Entry to Level 2 standard with the support of volunteers at the Grand Bay in Broadfield, Crawley. Find out more here.
  • Crawley Community Action (CCA) – Received a grant to enable CCA to provide dedicated group development advice and guidance to existing and emerging local Chagossian and Mauritian groups and projects.


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