New Argus Appeal Fund launched

Local grant-maker Sussex Community Foundation has announced a new fast track grants programme – the Argus Appeal Fund, which will provide grants of up to £1,000 for smaller charities, voluntary and community groups or individuals in need across Sussex.

The new Argus Appeal Fund was established from the transfer of funds from the Argus Appeal, set up by the Argus newspaper over 60 years ago which raised more than £250,000 for local people.

“The Argus Appeal has been part of the fabric of Sussex for decades and so many people have given their all to help those less fortunate than themselves. We are honoured that we have been entrusted with continuing this great legacy by distributing the remaining funds,” said Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation. “We also want to reassure past applicants to the Argus Appeal (and future applicants to the new fund) that they may also apply to our general funds, alongside any application to this new fund. This will mean that eligible organisations won’t lose access to one or other source of funding, in the short term.”

Rolling deadline

“The new fund will provide a quicker service for applicants who need a small grant or have an immediate or urgent funding need. There is no deadline so applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year,” says Hannah Clay, Head of Grant Programmes. “Most fast track grants will normally be up to £1,000 though we may be able to consider higher amounts in exceptional circumstances. Do contact us before making an application, if you wish to apply for a higher amount.”

Applications are welcome from constituted community groups to support a range of critical or unexpected needs. Examples of what might be considered for funding are: emergency repairs for community buildings, start-up costs for new community groups, capacity building activities, such as training of volunteers or support with development of policies and procedures, events and activities, and equipment and room hire.

In addition, applications from social workers or registered professionals on behalf of individuals with long term health issues and/or disabilities, are also welcome. Examples of what might be considered for funding are: specialist equipment and furniture and treatment, counselling and therapeutic services Individuals applying will need to provide a letter of support from a social worker or recognised professional who is in a position to confirm their funding needs.

Click here for more details on how to apply or call 01273 409440.

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