Sussex Crisis Fund: first grants awarded

The Sussex Crisis Fund has given out its first 14 grants – totalling £60,000 – to groups in Sussex working hard to support local people and communities in the face of the coronavirus crisis and lockdown. These grants have gone to help deliver food parcels to people who are isolating, befriending charities who are making sure older people are not being left isolated and lonely, and delivery of food, essential hygiene and baby products to low-income families.

It’s just ten days since the Fund was set up by Sussex Community Foundation and it has already raised an incredible £400,000. However, more funds are needed to support people facing hardship over the coming weeks.

“Our communities need support now to sustain the amazing effort that is being made to address this emergency and support the most vulnerable Sussex people,” said Chief Executive Kevin Richmond. “We will award grants every week for as long as we have applications coming in and funds available. Please give as much or as little as you can spare and we’ll make sure it gets to local people that need it – now. Thank you for all your support.”

Donate to the Sussex Crisis Fund here

The first awards went to:

The Bevy Community Pub


The Bevy community pub has converted into a food delivery and social isolation service for the period of the coronavirus crisis. This grant from the Sussex Crisis Fund will enable it to give local people access to nutritious food, alongside safe and responsible personal interaction.


Brighton & Hove Food Partnership


This grant will enable the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to ensure that people who are self-isolating and/ill are able to get food (either a food parcel or hot meal) delivered to their door.


Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA)


This grant will enable CTLA to sustain their adapted services to the local community for 12 weeks to support the most vulnerable. This adapted service will reassure relatives and carers and help reduce the pressure on local pharmacies and other health care services.


Diversity Lewes


This grant will be used to increase capacity for delivering supplies to isolated people. It will cover costs including volunteer expenses, increased engagement online and cleaning/ protective supplies.


Family Support Work


This grant is to help make the necessary changes to the foodbank operation during Covid-19. Funding will help build capacity using existing staff and younger volunteers.


Fellowship of St Nicholas


This grant will enable this group to scale up its support for vulnerable children and families by delivering food, essential hygiene and baby products to families who normally use the food pantry at St Nicholas Centre but cannot because they are self-isolating

St Leonards on Sea

Food and Friendship


This grant will enable the delivery of food parcels from the food bank at Hove Methodist church. It will pay for staff and volunteers costs, other costs and equipment.


Hastings Community Transport


This grant will enable this community transport service to implement a shopping service for older people, to continue its service for medical appointments and to keep phones lines open manned, by volunteers and bus buddies.


Mid Sussex Voluntary Action


This grant will help pay additional costs for four weeks so they can offer free guidance and specific advice, during the pandemic, to new and established volunteer-led groups and charities.

Burgess Hill

Now! Charity Group


This grant will enable Now! Charity to continue to provide items such as beds and white goods to families in crisis.


Rotherfield St Martin


This grant will help Rotherfield St Martin meet the increased demand for their services during the coronavirus crisis.


Sussex Beacon


This grant will be used to support HIV patients (who are in the ‘at risk’ group). It will help to purchase new laptops in order to host virtual meetings with patients.


The Real Junk Food Project


This grant will support a takeaway service, offering a daily, pre-packed meal to vulnerable people who are self-isolating, to be collected by friends & families.


Time to Talk Befriending


This grant will help the befriending service focus on vulnerable older people aged 80+ experiencing chronic loneliness through social isolation.


To apply to the fund, visit our Grants page.


The fund total here includes contributions from the National Emergencies Trust.

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