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: This fund is temporarily paused, but may reopen for a limited period later in the winter

Aims of Fund

The aim of the fund is to help fund the emerging needs facing our communities and the work of organisations whose operations and activities have been severely impacted during this period.

Sussex Community Foundation’s regular grant giving programme is also open. Groups may apply to both.

Who can apply

  • those immediately able to respond to the crisis
  • organisations with critical funding needs

How much and what can you apply for

Grants of up to £5,000 are offered.

Funding is offered to organisations delivering activities and services to support people who are directly suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Sussex Community Foundation would also like to offer support to counter the loss of income and reduced fundraising potential for smaller organisations facing crisis as a result of the corona virus.

Project examples:

  • Supporting the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and
    wellbeing is maintained
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or
    health and social care provision, or complement their response
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (older people,
    people with pre-existing medical conditions etc.)
  • Foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic
    including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Organisations that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider
  • Emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

Examples of costs:

  • Organisational running costs including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport
  • Small capital costs to support operational activity relating to the crisis
  • Specific costs that enable the charity to adapt to the current circumstances and continue to provide services to the community (e.g. computer equipment to enable staff or volunteers to work remotely)

See the latest full guidance (PDF) on the Sussex Community Foundation website.

How to apply

Fill in the online form on the Sussex Community Foundation website.

Deadlines for application

There are no deadlines. The Sussex Crisis fund is currently temporarily closed to applications. Check the website before applying.

They are aiming to make decisions on emergency grant applications within 2-3 weeks.

Contact details

Sussex Community Foundation
15 Western Road,
East Sussex
01273 409440

Information last checked: 14/12/20 RL

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