Favourite Funders for specific projects and new activities

Our Favourite Funders are funders that are particularly useful for small community groups based in Brighton & Hove. Some of them also fund organisations in other areas.

Here is a list of funders that give grants for new projects and activities.

We try to keep Favourite Funders information as up to date as possible. If you notice something is out of date or wrong, please let us know. If you have successfully applied for funding from an organisation that is not listed, and think it may be a useful funder for other Brighton & Hove groups, please let us know.

Access to the Funds Online database of UK trusts is available for local groups via Community Base – just contact them to request the password to access the database on-line.

Click on the Links tab above for more useful sources of information about funders.

  • Allen Lane Foundation

    Grants available for: Local voluntary groups or registered charities with an annual income below £100,000.
    Size of grants given: £500 to £15,000 per year
    Deadlines: No deadlines; trustees meet 3 times a year to consider applications

  • Argus Appeal Fund

    Grants available for: Groups in Sussex (and individuals with long term health needs)
    Size of grants given:  up to £1000
    Next deadline: no deadlines

  • Asda Green Token Giving

    Grants available for: not for profit organisations
    Size of grants given: Up to £500
    No deadlines, but the scheme is not currently operating, due to Covid 19.

  • Awards for All (National Lottery)

    Grants available for: not-for-profit groups. Community projects that will run for up to six months.
    Size of grants given: £300 to £10,000
    No deadlines.

  • BBC Children in Need Small Grants

    Grants available for: projects that support disadvantaged young people
    Size of grants given: Up to £10,000 per year over 1-3 years (overall maximum £30,000).
    Next deadline: programme currently paused due to Covid 19 crisis

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Communities Fund: Resilience Fund

    Grants available for: community and voluntary groups in Brighton & Hove
    Size of grants given: Up to £10,000
    Next deadline: 9th October 2020

  • Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund

    Grants available for: community groups and charities supporting children and young people up to age 25
    Size of grants given: up to £5,000
    Next deadline: 8th January 2021

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Communities Fund: Engagement Fund

    Grants available for: BAME community and voluntary groups in Brighton & Hove with annual income under £20,000
    Size of grants given: Up to £2000
    Next deadline: TBC, likely 2021

  • Brighton District Nursing Association Trust

    Grants available for: relief of sickness for persons in need in Brighton & Hove.
    Size of grants given: £1,000 to £10,000.
    Next deadline: June 2021

  • Brighton Soup

    Grants available for: Projects which benefit the local community in Brighton
    Size of grants given: Varies – tens or hundreds of pounds – not thousands.
    No deadlines.

  • Clarity Environmental

    Grants available for: charities and community groups around the UK
    Size of grants: usually £500 – £1,500
    No deadlines

  • Comic Relief Community Fund (England): Capacity Building Grants

    Grants available for: community-led not for profit organisations in England
    Size of grants given: £1000
    Deadlines: No deadlines

  • Comic Relief Community Fund (England): Project Delivery Grants

    Grants available for: community-led not for profit organisations in England
    Size of grants given: up to £4,000
    Deadlines: No deadlines

  • Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Grants

    Grants available for: community-led not for profit organisations in England
    Size of grants given: up to £4,000
    Deadlines: End of 2020

  • Covid-19 grants

    Summary page of grants available specifically for support around the Covid-19 outbreak:

  • East Brighton Trust Fund

    Grants available for: community groups in East Brighton.
    Size of grants given: Up to £1000
    Next deadline: 8th January 2021 for regular funding, emergency grants available now for Covid-19 support

  • Edge Fund

    Grants available for: unfunded grassroots communities, campaign groups and activists struggling for social, economic and environmental justice.
    Size of grants given: Up to £3,000
    Next deadline: tba

  • Gatwick Airport Community Trust

    Grants available for: to support community projects that protect and enhance the social and environmental well-being of the community, particularly those affected by operations at Gatwick Airport.
    Size of grants given: £250-£5000. Most grants are £1,000-£2,000
    Next deadline: tba (will be in early 2021)

  • Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest

    Grants available for: Community groups in the South of England
    Size of grants given:£500-£5,000
    Next deadline: will be in spring 2021

  • Healthy Neighbourhood Fund

    Grants available for: Health and wellbeing related community activities in selected neighbourhoods in Brighton & Hove
    Size of grants given: up to £500
    Next deadline: Autumn 2020 in some neighbourhoods

  • Henry Smith Charity: County Grants

    Grants available for: Revenue or capital costs for small, non-profit organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in eight English counties, including East and West Sussex.
    Size of grants given: £500 to £10,000 in one year, or up to £20,000 over two or three years.
    Trustees meet four times a year, in March, June, September and December.

  • Hilden Charitable Fund

    Grants available for: work relating to asylum seekers and refugees, homelessness, penal affairs, and community based initiatives benefiting disadvantaged 16-25 year olds.
    Size of grants given: Average grant size is around £5,000
    Next deadline: You can submit anytime; trustees meet 3 times a year.

  • Hilden Summer Play Scheme fund

    Grants available for: Community run summer playschemes for disadvantaged communities.
    Size of grants given: £500-£1500
    Next deadline: tba, likely to be in May 2021

  • LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

    Grants available for: LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects
    Size of grants given:  Small grants up to £5,000 or Main grants between £5,001 and £15,000
    Next deadline:  no deadlines, but money must be spent by May 31st 2021

  • LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund (Comic Relief via METRO)

    Grants available for: LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects
    Size of grants given:  Small grants up to £5,000 or Main grants between £5,001 and £15,000
    Next deadline:  30 September (main grants only)

  • Lions Clubs

    Grants available for: local charitable causes
    Size of grants given: No set limits, grants generally £50-£1000
    No deadlines

  • Lush Charity Pot

    Grants available for: small, grassroots charities and campaign groups working in animal protection, the environment, and human rights.
    Size of grants given: Up to £10,000, most grants around £4,000
    No deadlines

  • National Lottery Covid emergency funding (over £10,000)

    Grants available for: Community organisations, charities and  not-for-profit companies that are supporting people through the COVID-19 period.

  • National Lottery Grants for Heritage

    Grants available for: Projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.
    Size of grant available: £3,000 – £10,000
    No deadlines, but currently closed

  • Nationwide

    Grants available for: Projects & causes local to Nationwide premises.
    No deadlines.

  • Neil Smith ‘Gold’ Food Grants

    Grants available for: Community food projects for children, families or young people (up to age 25)
    Size of grants given: up to £850
    Next deadline: to be announced

  • One Stop Carriers for Causes

    Grants available for: projects that benefit local communities within 2 miles of a One Stop store
    Size of grants given: Up to £500
    Deadlines: no deadlines but this fund is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 crisis

  • Patcham Community Fund

    Grants available for: Groups working to improve quality of life for residents in the Patcham area, including Hollingbury and Withdean.
    Size of grants available: Up to £1000
    No deadlines

  • Pebble Trust

    Grants available for: Organisations in Brighton and Hove
    Size of grants given: Most grants are for £500-£5,000
    Next deadline: 30th October 2020

  • Phoenix Fund

    Grants available for:  organisations in England that are led by representatives of the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities
    Size of grants given:  up to £20,000
    Next deadline:  30 September 2020

  • Rampion Fund

    Grants available for: projects that benefit the local community, in particular those with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy and improving the sustainability of community facilities.
    Size of grants given: Up to £10,000
    Next deadline: Spring 2021

  • Resourcing Racial Justice fund

    Grants available for: Individuals or groups providing crisis support to people of colour
    Size of grants given:  £5,000 to £50,000
    Next deadline: tba, expected later in 2020

  • Rotary Club of Brighton

    Grants available for: charitable causes in Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas, and internationally
    Size of grants given: any size, but generally £100-250
    No deadlines

  • Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas Fund

    Grants available for: projects that will make a positive difference to the lives of Sanctuary Housing residents and their communities.
    Size of grants given: Up to £1,000
    No deadlines.

  • Scope Local People Programme

    Grants available for: New projects run by disabled people and/or unpaid carers in Brighton & Hove
    Size of grants given: Normally a few hundred pounds
    Next deadline: no deadlines, decisions made monthly

  • Southern Housing Group Gardening Neighbours

    Grants available for: Southern Housing residents to improve their scheme through a gardening project.
    Size of grants available: Up to £500
    No deadlines.

  • Southern Housing Group Making Lives Better grants

    Grants available for: Southern Housing Group tenants, events and activities benefiting Southern Housing Group residents.

  • Sport England Small Grants

    Grants available for: Not-for-profit organisations and statutory organisations delivering sports projects for people aged 5 and over
    Size of grants available: £300 – £10,000.
    Deadlines: this fund is currently closed to new applications

  • Sussex Community Foundation

    Grants available for: Not for profit groups based in Sussex
    Size of grants available: £500-£5000
    Next deadline: 8th January 2021

  • Sussex Crisis Fund

    Grants available for: to support the community and voluntary sector in response to the corona virus outbreak
    Size of grants given: up to £5000
    Next deadline: no deadlines

  • Sussex Gardens Trust

    Grants available for: Any group or organisation that manages or owns a park or open space within Sussex.
    Size of grants given: up to £1,000
    No deadlines

  • Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Community Safety Fund

    Grants available for: Local community groups that help reduce or prevent crime in Sussex
    Size of grants given:  up to £5,000
    Next deadline: tba

  • The Homity Trust

    Grants available for: small groups in Sussex
    Size of grants given: most grants under £1000
    Next deadline: 30th September 2020

  • The Southern Co-operative: Love your neighbourhood fund

    Grants available for: Charitable or not-for-profit groups who benefit local communities
    Size of grants given: £50 to £1,000
    Next deadline: n/a

  • Trust House Charitable Foundation

    Grants available for: Small charities and not-for-profit organisations with incomes under £500,000, working in rural areas or areas of urban deprivation. Particular interest in funding community centres and village halls.
    Size of grants given: Small grants of £2,000-£7,500 for one year, large grants of £7,500-£20,000 per year for up to three years
    Deadlines: No deadlines, but grant scheme temporarily suspended until autumn 2020

  • Waitrose Community Matters

    Grants available for: Welfare organisations, community groups, schools, local divisions of national charities, local charities.
    Size of grant available: £1000 shared between 3 organisations. Proportion decided by customers.
    No deadlines.

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