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October 2019 - Sussex Community Foundation

Deadline: 10 January 2020

The types of work they support includes:

  • Youth club activities
  • Lunch clubs for older people
  • Health and well-being initiatives
  • Community transport
  • Community gardens
  • Projects addressing homelessness
  • Community advice and support
  • Food banks
  • Projects addressing drug and alcohol misuse

Grants offered up to £5,000 with three main rounds per year

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October 2019 - Good Causes Are Reaping the Benefit from First Horsham District Community Lottery Draws

The new community lottery for Horsham District got off to a flying start last week with over 660 supporters signed up and over 1,200 tickets bought ahead of the first prize draw.

Cllr Tricia Youtan, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet member for Community and Wellbeing, said:

“I am delighted that our new community lottery has been supported so widely by our local community groups and residents, reflecting the real enthusiasm our residents have to help support those causes that are close to their hearts.  To have sold over 1,200 tickets after just one month of ticket sales is a fantastic achievement for our community groups.”

Over 80 community groups have signed up so far to receive a share of the funds. It’s free to join, easy to sign up, and every group has the potential to raise vital funds for their work. All groups involved are also given marketing support to help them reach out to their supporters.

Tickets are priced at £1 each, with 60p in every pound going to support local good causes.

If you’re not already, get involved! Telephone: 01403 434010

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October 2019 - West Sussex County Council - Micro Fund

Introduced in June 2019, the Micro Fund enables groups to apply directly to the County Council for a grant of no more than £750 towards their total project costs. Similar to the former Small Grants Fund, the process provides an alternative to the crowdfunding approach aimed at attracting community backing.

Groups are encouraged to first enquire before submitting an application in order to learn when their bid may be considered at the earliest available County Local Committee (CLC) meeting. Applications will be formally considered by CLCs three times per year.

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October 2019 - Comic Relief and Groundwork Launch New Community Fund

Two grants are now available to organisations whose work is in support of one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive
  • Fighting for Gender Justice
  • A Safe Place to Be
  • Mental Health Matters

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant. This new and exciting programme aims to deliver long lasting community driven change and we will work closely with successful projects to gather learning from the programme to share widely.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.

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July 2019- Space to Connect- Coop Foundation

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.

There are two Space to Connect funding strands open for applications:

Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.

Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.

Learn more here

July 2019- West Sussex Crowd- New Round Announced

West Sussex County Council's crowdfunding programme, the West Sussex Crowd, is open for community-led projects to come forward and be part of their upcoming funding round. Projects that make a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and support The West Sussex Plan are encouraged to come forward! There is a £140,000 pot in total with pledges of up to £5,000 available to any project that starts a crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive, the UK's dedicated platform for civic improvement.

In advance of the autumn crowdfunding deadline, West Sussex County Council are running an interactive workshop on Wednesday 24 July for people interested in becoming project creators. You will:

  • Learn more about the West Sussex Crowd and the Community Initiative Fund
  • Find out about other funds supporting projects locally
  • Get advice on creating your campaign plan
  • Explore how to promote your project successfully

Whether your project idea is big or small, this is your chance to make a real difference in your local area through The West Sussex Crowd.

Register Here

June 2019- Micro Fund launched

For community groups seeking grants of up to £750

One year on from the launch of West Sussex Crowd, the Micro Fund has been introduced to support small-scale projects as an alternative to the crowdfunding approach following feedback.

Small groups with low project costs are able to apply directly to the county council for a grant of no more than £750 by completing a paper-based application form. The new initiative has replaced the former Small Grants Fund which maintained similar funding limitations.

County Local Committees (CLCs) have the authority to allocate up to 30% of their total Community Initiative Fund budget to projects applying to the Micro Fund.

Applications will be considered in the same way as those submitted through West Sussex Crowd at CLC meetings.

Groups can apply more than once during the financial year, yet the CLC will strictly consider awarding one grant per project only.

For more information and to request an application form  email: or phone 033 022 25075

April 2019 - New Horsham District Community Lottery

NEW Horsham District Community Lottery - get involved!

Horsham District Council is currently in the process of setting up a new community lottery to raise additional funds to support local charities, community and voluntary groups across the Horsham District.
The lottery will be launched to the public in September 2019

Lottery ticket buyers can choose from an online list the community group they want their money to go to.

This is where you come in!

We are asking local charities and community groups to nominate themselves to benefit from local lottery ticket proceeds.

What’s the benefit to you?

Participating community groups will get:

  • Your own promotional webpage on the dedicated community lottery website.
  • You will receive at least 50% of all ticket sales from supporters that sign up on your page.
  • There are no charges for this service. All you need to do is shout about the new lottery to your supporters and community.

What do you have to do?

First of all you need to decide whether you wish to be one of the District charities / community groups that are promoted on the lottery website to receive a share of the money raised.

We will then ask you to encourage your supporters to join in. They would be helping you and they could also win a weekly prize and/or the £25,000 jackpot!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Horsham District Community Lottery and how you can get involved please complete the short form below and return it to us by Friday 21 June. NB:Don’t worry if you miss this deadline - it just helps us to manage the roll out of this new and exciting process.

What happens next?

We are developing the new website and gathering expressions of interest over the coming weeks. We will then hold an information event for charities and voluntary groups in July when we open up the official sign up process.  The Community Lottery will be launched to the public in September.

Once we have received your expression of interest we will contact you with further details.

So, over to you!

Express your interest here!

January 2019- Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefit to the community.

Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Learn more on the Groundowork website here

January 2019- Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects

This fund is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation with a turnover under £300,000 can apply.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for activities, trips and residential breaks.

Learn more on their website

January 2019- Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation raises funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.  They work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000.All applications are reviewed individually on a quarterly basis – the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

Learn more on their webiste here

January 2019- Comic Relief Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

Deadline: 22 March 2019

Comic Relief are excited to launch this funding opportunity focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.

The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.

Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000 for three to five years. If you're considering making an application, ensure you read their updated guidance notes carefully.

Click here to find out more

January 2019- The Big Lottery Fund UK’s Largest Community Funder to Change Name

The UK’s largest community funder, ‘The Big Lottery Fund’ which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, will from 29th January change its name and be called The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Fund has been working to put people and communities at the heart of its grantmaking since introducing its People in the Lead Strategic Framework in 2015. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK. Over 11,000 projects benefited from this, enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life.

Changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery. Aligning the Fund’s name will help players understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket, underlining ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, says: “Groups and charities use our funding, be it £500 or £500,000, to bring people together, make good things happen and help their communities to thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible understand who we are, what we do, and how National Lottery funding could help them make a difference in their community.

“That’s why we’re looking forward to starting 2019 – when we will also be celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday – as The National Lottery Community Fund.”

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January 2019- Alec Dickson Trust

The Trust is passionate about volunteering and about young people making a difference.  Grants of up to £500 are available.

Grants are available for projects in the applicant’s local area that involve local people and can demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.

Preference is given to supporting innovative projects.

Applications are invited from individuals aged 30 and under and from small groups of young people in the UK.

Recipients are expected to report on how any support was used and how it helped to fulfil the aims of the project.

Application Form: Available to download from the website along with the guidance.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

Contact: Alec Dickson Trust, 18-24 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, E5 0PD


Find out more here

December 2018 - Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants of £10,000 – £75,000 are available for capital improvement projects in one of the following categories:

* community buildings and rooms: e.g. community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, Scout or Girl guiding buildings
* outdoor spaces: e.g. public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths
* play and recreation: e.g. play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms.

Projects must be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year and have a total cost of under £250,000. You must have already secured at least 20% of the total cost.

Grants must go to work close to Veolia operations. Currently, only certain parts of the country are eligible.

Check their postcode checker to see if you are in an eligible area 

The next deadline is 28th February 2019.

Find out more more on their website here

December 2018 - Funding Help for Clubs to Celebrate the Cricket World Cup

For the first time in 20 years, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (2019 CWC) will be returning to England and Wales and with it – the promise of one of the most exciting cricketing summers in a generation.

To mark this momentous occasion, the ICC and ECB have announced a special programme for clubs to celebrate the CWC, with the aim to engage one million kids throughout the tournament.

Clubs will be given the opportunity to apply to become a Cricket World Cup Club, put on a family day to celebrate with their local community and engage a whole new audience through the excitement of the tournament.

The fund will see at least the first 2,000 ECB-affiliated clubs who register having the opportunity to receive a £1,000 grant to help digitise or upgrade catering facilities or assist them with their CWC 2019 family day.

Find out more on the ECB Website here

To register your ECB-affiliated club click here

December 2018 - Grants to Fund Fight for Equality

Grants of up to £500 are available to support activities to make football and its structures inclusive to all, and to increase the participation and representation of LGBT+ people in football.

Playing activities and tournaments can be supported in countries where LGBT+ people still face significant barriers to participation. Applicants should also consider hosting events that aim to deepen LGBT+ inclusion. This could include the production of educational resources, or creating debates around LGBT+ topics that have been marginalised.

Louise Englefield, Director of Football v Homophobia, said: “The partnership with Fare has helped us build an international campaign tackling anti-LGBT+ discrimination in football.

“This year we are hoping for applications that will help us move the agenda on to the next stage. We want applicants to think about how LGBT+ people are marginalised within their own football communities and what actions they can take to make a real difference.”

Piara Powar, Fare Executive Director, said: “Many LGBT+ people still face violence, discrimination and exclusion from mainstream society. This can be amplified in Football. February is an important period to drive change across Europe.”

The application process is now open funtil 18.00 (CET) 27th December 2018. Applicants will be informed by December 31st.

All activities should be implemented during February 2019.

To apply click here

For more information about the campaign click here

December 2018 - Subsidised Defibrillators for Football Clubs

Less than 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.

You can help beat those odds by applying for a defibrillator.

The FA and The BHF have worked in partnership to award a grant for two-thirds of the cost of a defibrillator. This means your club will only pay £318 (+VAT)

The scheme has already placed 640 defibrillators in football clubs across the UK and they now have 900 more available for clubs in the National League System, Women’s Pyramid of Football Clubs and Charter Standard Clubs. So, this is a great opportunity to get one for your club.

Although Phase 2 is closed, people can register for Phase 3 and will be notified when this phase opens.

To find out more click here;

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) also offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.

To find out more about this click here;

December 2018 - Clothworkers Foundation

The Clothworkers Foundation awards capital grants to charities and certain other not-for-profit which work in one of their programme areas;

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • People with Disabilities
  • Disadvantaged Young People
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Disadvantaged Minority Communities
  • Older People
  • Homelessness
  • Prisoners and Ex-offenders
  • Visual Impairment

You can apply for a grant under their Main Grants Programme, which is for UK charities with an annual income of less than £15m, or our Small Grants Programme which is for UK charities with an income of less than £250,000.

The fund;

  • Building – For example purchase, construction, renovation and/or refurbishment.
  • Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment – For example office equipment, sports or gym equipment, digital or audio visual equipment, security equipment, camping equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. Soft or hard furnishings, bathroom/kitchen fittings and fixtures.
  • Vehicles: For example minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, 4X4.

Find out more on their website

December 2018 - Crowdfunding Helping to Build an Active Nation

Sport England has teamed up with Crowdfunder to set up a special pilot that will help more than 20 projects across the country raise vital funds.

Community sport and physical activity projects will be able to unlock partnership funding by crowdfunding part of their costs.

Crowdfunding Towards an Active Nation has seen 23 projects invited to take part and raise funds from the general public - and Sport England will match however much they raise up to £15,000.

All the selected projects are already in receipt of funding from the Community Asset Fund (CAF), which is dedicated to enhancing spaces such as canal towpaths and open spaces and has already received more than 3,000 applications.

To enable Sport England to help as many projects as possible, these 23 projects have received a portion of their requested funding via CAF before also being invited to crowdfund.

SE executive director of property, Charles Johnston, is excited by the opportunities crowdfunding can bring.

“We strive to ensure that any projects we invest in are financially sustainable so they can benefit their community for years to come, and often refer applicants to further sources of funding,” he said.

“The partnership with Crowdfunder is one of many ways we are learning how projects can ensure maximum success with fundraising, so we can better support them to raise investment."

Crowdfunder is the UK's number one rewards based crowdfunding platform and has helped raise more than £55 million for community, charity and enterprise projects across the UK.

Ten projects have already launched so far, with more than £40,000 being raised to date. To view all the projects and pledge support visit the site.

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November 2018 - £15m Investment in Cycling to Provide ‘Lasting Legacy’ from 2019 UCI Championship

The government has pledged to invest £15m in improving community cycling facilities across the UK, as part of plans to provide a “lasting legacy” from next year’s UCI Road World Championships.

Working with British Cycling, the funding will be delivered by Sport England with a focus on building multi-use facilities around the country.

The programme aims to engage a broad spectrum of cyclists – with an emphasis on helping young people learn to ride.

A small grants fund will be part of the investment, which will be open for applications from late November (2018).

The announcement comes with a year to go until the UCI Road World Championships will take place in Yorkshire.

“The investment will provide more facilities such as tracks and bike centres, where people can ride confidently and safely as well as access to essential equipment they need to have a go,” said Charles Johnston, Sport England’s director of property.

“The investment will ensure that anyone inspired to cycle after watching the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will have safe and accessible opportunities to do so in their local area.”

The £15m investment in cycling facilities across the UK will further boost the sport at the grassroots and encourage more people to take part and get active.

Cycling participation has grown rapidly in recent years, with British Cycling reporting a 150 per cent increase in members in the four years after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

November 2018 - Nationwide Community Grants

Deadline: Friday 7 December

The Sussex Community Foundation have a new fund, Nationwide Community Grants. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen the local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in the local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional community board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities.

And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

More info

November 2018 - Sport England Makes Changes to It’s Small Grants Application Process

Sport England’s approach to their Small Grants process has changed.

They want to make applying for funding as simple as possible to have the greatest possible impact in communities across England, in line with their strategy.

The application form will now be easier to complete and they have relaxed a few rules about what we cannot fund e.g. the focus of your application will be more about what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.

It will also no longer matter if your project takes more than 12 months to deliver and you can spread your funding over three years, if required. In addition they will be happy to contribute our funding to bigger projects. Finally they will be doing more to support organisations who traditionally do not seek funding from us but who are able to support inactive people become active.

Read their new small-grants-guide-2018 here

Find out more about Sport England’s Small Grants on their website here

November 2018 - Grants for Green Spaces

Taken from the ‘My Community’ website as a list of grants that funds green spaces: Grants for Green Spaces

Find out more on the 'My Community' Website here

November 2018 - Central Social and Recreational Trust

Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in the UK to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years.

In order to secure a grant please consider the following:-

  • All young people who are to benefit must be under 21 years of age and belong to a club/organisation based in England. The Trustees will consider the application where the majority are under 21, but will not consider grants for individuals.
  • The Trustees will consider grants for equipment for the use of all members of the club. Individual items will not be considered i.e. personal items of kit such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
  • The Trustees will consider grants to assist in the maintenance of properties as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period
  • The Trustees may attach conditions to a grant e.g. conditional on match funding
  • The Trustees will only pay suppliers directly. It is therefore necessary for the clubs to obtain a written quotation/invoice from the supplier.
  • Economic or social circumstances surrounding the beneficiaries of the grant
  • What has the applicant done to fulfil the need from other sources?
  • Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc. will be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will generally be no more than £1000 although the Trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that the Central Social and Recreational Trust has only limited amounts of funding to be allocated each year and may not be able to meet all applications therefore priority will be given to the following applications for equipment for 2016-2018:- Amateur Boxing Clubs, Amateur Martial Arts clubs and Youth Services providing a social and community service.

Find out more on the CSRT website here

November 2018 - Get the Most Out of Your Local Authority

Clubs are operating in a challenging environment due to local government spending cuts and authorities have more incentive to sell or close facilities which are used by clubs. In some areas funding and support for sport and recreation is being drastically reduced.

Local authorities have a central role to play when it comes to the provision of community sport and recreation facilities, and are responsible for the health of local people.

Despite their duty to promote healthy lifestyles, there is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide facilities. To help you and your clubs get the most out of your local authority the ‘Sport and Recreational Alliance’  put together some guidance on:

To view these click the links above.

November 2018 - HSBC Golf Roots Plus

The purpose of an HSBC Golf Roots Plus project is to support local groups and organisations working with young people where involvement in golf may provide an alternative and positive focus.

HSBC Golf Roots Plus may be used as a diversion to antisocial behaviour or as an inspirational activity that provides an opportunity for young people to experience the wide and varied benefits of golf. A focus on ‘Skills for Life’ must underpin each project and should aim to enhance young people’s lives through the catalyst of golf. Projects intended for young people with special needs or disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The project should be coordinated by a local delivery partner such as a youth service, local authority, police service, ‘Kicks’ project or partnership of schools. The local delivery partner should be the applicant.

Grants available up to £1,500.

Find out more on the Golf Foundation website here