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      This is a picture of Nichelle Kelleher Black Butterfly, a St Leonards based charity, who received a grant from the Sussex Crisis Fund to upcycle bikes for community use

Sussex Crisis Fund – support and recovery

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Sussex Crisis Fund (support and recovery phase) for a short window over the next few weeks. We have around £250,000 of funding remaining to support organisations working across the themes/areas outlined as below.

If you have already received funding from the Sussex Crisis Fund between April of this year and now, I’m afraid we cannot accept additional applications from organisations at this stage. In addition, if you have already applied and are still awaiting a response from us, please be assured that we will be dealing with your application shortly.

We are especially keen to see applications to support digital inclusion work, particularly in East and West Sussex. The pandemic created many challenges for people with no or limited access to digital equipment and for those with low levels of digital skills and confidence. We would like our funding to help address these challenges.

An example of a recent grant was to Tubbs Computer Supplies in Eastbourne. They received £10,000 to support their running costs over a year. Their services include refurbishing and giving free computers to vulnerable people and providing them with training and support, helping to close the digital divide.

The Sussex Crisis Fund supports community and voluntary sector organisations (with an annual income up to £1 million) who are leading efforts to support people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This is the third phase of the Fund and is particularly aimed at helping people experiencing greater health inequalities as a result of Covid-19 and those facing acute financial difficulties as a direct result of the pandemic.

Alongside helping to address extreme poverty and disadvantage, we would like to particularly encourage applications which support people disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 such as women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and children and young people. Funding can support both online or in person activity, in line with government restrictions. We are open to what works best for your organisation and beneficiaries.

Best of luck with your application! Do let us know if you need any help or support, you can email us here or call our Grants team on 01273 409440.

What we will fund

Grants of up to £10,000 for delivery over a twelve-month period under the following themes:

  • Mental health and well-being support
  • Advice and support services
  • Digital inclusion
  • Reconnecting people and communities
  • Costs associated with providing food and other vital support

We particularly want to thank East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council for the substantial contributions that they have made to the third phase of the fund. Thank you too to the National Emergencies Trust and many local donors for making the continuation of this fund possible.

Application process

Applications should be submitted on our Sussex Crisis Fund application form. Applications will be assessed on a rolling deadline basis, with decisions expected within three – four weeks of submission. Please read the full criteria before applying. You may apply to this phase of the Sussex Crisis Fund,  alongside any current application you may have made to our general grants round.

Background

The first phase of the Sussex Crisis Fund was set up in March 2020 to support local charities and community groups on the frontline of community action to help people suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It was launched three days before the first lockdown began and made its first grant within ten days.

Between 20 March 2020 and 25 December 2020:

  • £2.7 million raised and given in grants
  • 600 grants made to voluntary sector groups and charities
  • Over 1 million people have been helped
  • Funded infrastructure bodies to offer additional support to voluntary sector groups and charities
  • Diverse range of organisations supported, from foodbanks and advice centres to charities supporting younger people and those with physical disabilities
  • 11% of all crisis funding directly supported Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and individuals

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