William Reed Fund

The William Reed Fund supports local or national organisations, including social welfare projects operating and benefiting people in the Crawley area. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and applications should be made on our standard Sussex Community Foundation application form.

William Reed Business Media is a privately owned family business that was founded in 1862. Most of the Reed family have always lived in Sussex and the company itself moved out of London in 1990 to its current site at Broadfield Park, Crawley. It now employs over 350 people, publishing business to business magazines, such as The Grocer, in the food and drink sector, as well as managing exhibitions, events and other trade related business solutions.

“William Reed Business Media is a Sussex based family firm and many of our employees live locally so supporting the community is a priority for us. Sussex Community Foundation has provided a simple and flexible mechanism for us to identify and fund local charities and voluntary groups. They vet the groups applying so we can be confident the funding is used well,” says Director Nicholas Reed. “Over time, the Foundation has also helped us adapt our targeting of funds. Whereas initially we supported projects across Sussex, we now focus on those in Crawley and the surrounding area. Many of these are smaller projects that we wouldn’t have found ourselves and it’s particularly satisfying to know we’re helping the local community where our business is based.”

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Pictured here is the Sunbeam Swimming Club which has been funded by the William Reed Fund.

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