A chance to meet one to one with the Council’s dedicated funding search officer

Brighton & Hove Community Works are offering organisations a free funding search in partnership with the Communities, Equality & Third Sector Team at Brighton and Hove City Council. This service is your chance to meet one to one with the Council’s dedicated funding search officer, who will help you in your search for sources of funding using the national database Grantfinder.

You will talk through and select your organisation or project requirements, which will generate a list of potential funding sources. The results are prepared in a report that is emailed directly to your organisation. To achieve the most beneficial results from the search, a clear idea of your funding requirements should be identified before attending.


Appointments take approximately one hour and are available on the following dates between 10am and 2pm:

  • Tuesday 27 March
  • Friday 27 April
  • Thursday 17 May
  • Friday 29 June
  • Tuesday 17 July


The service will be hosted in the Community Works offices in Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton.


To book a place or for further advice contact Donna Edmead on communitiesteam@brighton-hove.gov.uk or 01273 291112.

Pitch to Brighton Soup in June 18

If you (or someone you know) could benefit from a little bit of funding and support then please apply online at brightonsoup.org.uk/projects. They are currently open for submissions for their  next event to be held in June.

Last Friday, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audio Active won the public vote and £448 of ticket money and donations for their “Women in Music Tech” project. A surprise secret donation on the night gave all 4 projects a separate £250 donation. So B&H Speak Out’s Thumbs Up, Free University Brighton’s Projector and Fabrica’s Textile Flow also came away with some funding as well as other support and assistance gained on the night.

You can contact Brighton Soup directly if you want more information about how to apply for the next event:

0844 586 8182


Comic Relief Core Funding is back!

Comic Relief Core Strength for Local Communities – applications via Sussex Community Foundation. Next Deadline Friday 4th May 2018, 5pm

This fund supports charitable organisations with annual incomes of up to £100,000 addressing disadvantage, to cover core costs (i.e. expenditure not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs).  Grants available of up to £10,000.  This fund has its own criteria and online application form. Applicants may apply separately to both this fund and Sussex Community Foundations’ general awards Summer Round, provided that any application for the latter is to support project activity costs (i.e. not for core costs). Previous applicants may also apply though you are recommended to contacting the Grants Team to discuss your previous application before making a further submission.

2018 school summer holiday funding for educational or charitable projects

The Goodall Foundation (tGF) is offering to fully fund educational or charitable projects taking place on the Barge during the 2018 school summer holidays.

Since the Barge relaunched as a non-profit community and youth hub in the summer of 2017, over 20 organisations and community groups have run activities aboard, bringing the space to life. Whether a regular yoga class or a team away day, the Barge has demonstrated its appeal and value to the Marina and the city more broadly. The Barge is an asset owned by the Marina who hope that it will continue to grow into a hub of activity, enabling local community and youth groups and other socially-oriented organisations to broaden their offer to staff and beneficiaries alike.

“Last Summer’s activities were a great success. We saw over 600 participants take part in a variety of activities and more importantly we begun to see the endless potential the creative space presents” says Sunetta Kiarie, Programmes Manager at tGF. The Foundation are helping with the day to day management of the space and hope to see more young people, families and professionals engage with the Barge this Summer.

The residency is open to charities and community organisations in Brighton and Hove and will run from July 25th until September 3rd.

Applicants will have the option to apply for a three-week residency or the full six-weeks of the holidays. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Design a programme of activity that is built on the teams, projects and infrastructure you have as part of your organisation or;
  2. Curate a programme of events, delivered by your team and/or other external organisations with whom you have partnerships.

Both of these options will be fully funded. tGF anticipate up to £5,000 for three weeks or £10,000 for all six weeks. The deadline for both applications is Friday 16th March 2018 at 5.00pm. Find more information and the full application pack at http://medium.com/@theGoodallFdn

Pitch at Brighton Soup – deadline 20th February

The next Brighton Soup community funding event is on Friday 16th March @ All Saints Church, Hove. If you’re interested looking for some funding, community support and a chance to let people know what you’re doing, then here’s a great opportunity.

Standing up to ask a room full of people to help you with your project can be scary, but the guys at Brighton Soup will help you. They give you pitch training, support you throughout the process and ultimately the room is full of very lovely people wanting to help.

To apply just answer 3 simple questions at brightonsoup.org.uk/projects.

Don’t take too long though, the application deadline is Tuesday 20th February 2018.

East Brighton Trust: deadline this Friday

Small grants of up to £500 are available to groups in Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Manor Farm, Whitehawk, Craven Vale, Bristol Estate and Higher Bevendean.

The deadline for the current round is 5pm, Friday 12th January.

How to apply

Head to the Sussex Community Foundation website now to read the funding criteria, for guidance on your application and to apply directly.

Help with your grant application

If you need help with your grant application or with submitting feedback, you can contact Sussex Community Foundation directly. Call them on 01273 409440 and ask to speak to Hannah or Tom.

The Resource Centre may also be able to help. Click here for more details on how we can help small groups in East Brighton to apply for grants and submit feedback.

Funding for projects countering extremism

Funding opportunity for innovative projects countering hate and extremism. Charities and community groups are eligible to apply. Projects need to contain an online element, but do not need to be large scale. Full details can be found at https://www.isdglobal.org/innovation-fund/
Contact Melinda.King@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk if you would like to discuss or are interested in applying to this fund.

Funding available for dementia friendly projects

The Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance has funding available for organisations that want to make a positive difference to those living with dementia in the city.

The first pot is for local groups to apply to provide services that improve the health and well-being of people living with dementia. They are particularly keen to look at projects that encourage participation in physical activities and reduce people’s feelings of isolation. Each grant fund from this pot is limited to a maximum of £3000 per financial year but smaller grants (under £1000) are encouraged, particularly for new innovative and creative projects.

The second pot is for local groups to apply to help adapt their environments to assist people living with dementia to feel more comfortable accessing the wide range of services  provided in Brighton and Hove. Feedback from people living with dementia say they often struggle to navigate around spaces that the rest of us can take for granted. Have a look at this checklist which will hopefully inspire you to think about how you can make your environment more dementia friendly. Each grant from this pot is limited to a maximum of £2000 per financial year.

Applications are invited from local organisations and businesses that are committed to joining the Dementia Action Alliance and helping us achieve our core objectives namely that of Brighton and Hove being recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community, tackling the stigma associated with dementia and reducing the social isolation of people with dementia and their carers. Organisations can apply for finances from both funding streams if appropriate. If you would like a copy of the relevant application form and the accompanying guidance notes then please email Matthew at DementiaA@Ageuk-bh.org.uk.

Information session about Sussex Community Foundation

On 7 December,  1-3pm at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton & Hove Council will be holding an information session for charities and community groups with Sussex Community Foundation.   This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the funding available from Sussex Community Foundation, as well as guidance and tips for applicants.   There will also be a presentation on “what funders are looking for” which will be of use for funding applications in general.  The sessions will cover

  • Presentation on the Sussex Community Foundation grants
  • “What funders are looking for” – tips and advice
  • Workshop with community groups – a chance to build links and share learning

This session is particularly aimed at community groups working on topics which tackle hatred and prejudice; which build sense of belonging and community cohesion; and building community resilience.

There are a set number of places available, to book a space please email melinda.king@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk

Grants available from Brighton Energy Community Fund

Brighton Energy Cooperative Community Fund 2017 is now open for applications!

Please feel free to share this post within your network of members to let them know about the fund.

This year the fund is for £2,500, and is open for any organisation in the Brighton and Hove, East or West Sussex areas.  The aim of the fund is to support local generation of renewable electricity or implement energy efficiency measures.

The deadline is 8th December 2017. Decisions will be made by the end of December, and the grant will be allocated by March 2018.

Further Guidelines and Application Form for applying to the fund are available at http://www.brightonenergy.org.uk/community-fund/

For additional information please contact Stefania stefania@brightonenergy.org.uk