Winter Support and Recovery Fund

Please note funding is not available for organisations in Brighton & Hove – for organisations working under the mental health and well-being theme, funding is available through Brighton and Hove City Council.

The Winter Support and Recovery Fund is a source of funding for East and West Sussex in response to the needs and impact on the voluntary sector in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Grant are available up to £10,000. 

This funding offers support across three identified themes:

  • Mental health and Well-being Support
  • Reconnecting People and Communities
  • Reducing Health Inequalities

This funding is particularly aimed at supporting people who experience social, economic and health inequalities. This includes (but is not limited to) people with a protected characteristic defined under the Equalities Act of 2010, people who are homeless or insecurely housed and people on low incomes and/or living in areas of high deprivation and poor health outcomes. Applications will be assessed on a rolling deadline basis and therefore can be submitted at any time (decisions expected within three-four weeks of submission). 

Read the full fund criteria here.  Apply via the application form here


Project examples that this fund would support: 

1. Common Cause Cooperative LewesImage shows two women gardening in Lewes.

Common Cause is a community development organisation, whose main focus is food and farming. The cooperative maintain a community allotment and orchard and provide a therapeutic gardening project. The Lewes House Garden Project was set up in collaboration with Lewes GP surgeries and works closely with Social Prescribers to refer patients to the project.

The supported garden sessions are flexible, inclusive and encourage experimentation. Participants are highly engaged in the sessions, growing vegetables and flowers and suggesting tasks to renovate the garden. Participants have also introduced craft activities, tool maintenance, photography, cake baking, and shed maintenance.

2.Image shows a smiling lady standing in a gardenRivers Learning Project Community Crawley

Rivers Learning Project Community provides support to vulnerable women, mainly from Black and Asian backgrounds, those in low income jobs and the unemployed. The charity provides learning and well-being programmes, employment support and advocacy services.

Their office provides a safe refuge and woman only space for the local community. It is also used as a food distribution hub, providing food parcels to people facing food poverty.

3. ESTEEM Shoreham-by-Sea

ESTEEM offers young adults (aged 14-26) opportunities to develop confidence, life-skills and improve well-being. By providing volunteering experience, one-to-one mentoring and training in a safe space, ESTEEM helps to ease the transition into training, education and employment.

The True Self Project has evolved through ESTEEM’s core youth steering committee, which identified the need for an LGBTQ+ project to meet the needs of this significant group who attend ESTEEM and who face additional barriers to well-being and achieving their goals, in particular those who are trans-gender and non-binary.

The photo shows four circle with young adults inside. The first two are people drawing, the third is someone online knitting and the fourth are two people holding glow sticks.

4. Counselling Plus Community HastingsThe image shows a white building.

CPC provides affordable professional and effective counselling, remotely or in person, for  low-income and/or unemployed clients with a wide range of challenging mental health issues.

Clients are referred by NHS mental health services, other charities or local authorities. The charity also welcomes self-referrals. After initial assessment clients are encouraged to set therapeutic and personal goals, which are regularly reviewed. Each client is given sessions of humanistic, person centred therapy delivered by experienced and highly qualified counsellors.

For more information get in touch with our grants team. 

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