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How it works

Here’s how it works. We have four main rounds of grant-giving each year. The deadline for applications (unless specified otherwise) is 5:00pm (1700 hours) as follows:

  • Friday 15th July 2016 (Round 2 2016-17)
  • Friday 7th October 2016 (Round 3 2016-17)
  • Friday 13th January 2017 (Round 4 2016-17)

The deadline for applications to Round 2 of the Hastings & Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund is Friday 20 May 2016. Application forms and guidance notes are the same, whether you are applying for a standard or fast track grant. They are available to download here: application form and guidance notes.   If you wish you may submit your application and supporting documents by e-mail to: grants@sussexgiving.org.uk For monitoring forms, please see bottom of this page.

For information on or to apply to the Shoreham Air Show Fund, please call our Programmes Manager, Laura Williams, on 01273 409440 or email Laura Williams.

General awards

Our SCF General Awards are comprised of a range of funds which collectively help to address disadvantage and deprivation in communities in Sussex and to build resilience in those communities. Grants are awarded from these funds four times a year. We are particularly keen to support grassroots community groups and small-to-medium sized voluntary organisations.

In most cases, you do not need to specify which of our funds you want to apply for. Make an application on our SCF General Application Form and we will put your application to the funder we think is most likely to fund you. 

Specific awards for Round 2 2016/17 

In addition, Sussex Community Foundation is calling for grant applications to the following specific funds. It is advisable to read any specific criteria below, if you are interested in applying to these funds, along with our general awards criteria.

ARDIS Fund – The aim of this fund is to support research and services for people with dementia and their informal carers who live in Brighton & Hove. Grants from £1,500-£10,000 available. Applications should be made on the SCF General Application Form (above). Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund – Open to small community groups with an income of  up to £35,000 working on community-led health improvement projects. The fund has its own criteria but applications should be made on the SCF General Application Form (above). Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

Brighton Rock – Supporting charities and community groups in Sussex, with a preference for those working to benefit the environment and/or older people. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Applications should be made on the SCF General Application Form (above). Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

The Cragwood Fund (large grants programme) – open to charities and community groups of all sizes which support homeless or vulnerably-housed people in West Sussex. One grant of up to £20,000 per year for a period of three years is available. The fund has its own criteria and application form. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

Cullum Family Fund – Awarded four times a year to charities and community groups operating in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex and working with issues around homelessness, or supporting children or older people. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Applications should be made on the SCF General Application Form (above). Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

East Brighton Trust – Small grants awarded at least twice a year to charities, community and voluntary groups undertaking projects and events that benefit people who live in East Brighton. Grants of up to £500 are available. The fund has its own criteria and application form or you can apply online. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

Fangorn Fund  Open to charities and community groups in any part of Sussex but with a preference for West Sussex, supporting a wide range of charitable causes with an emphasis on tackling disadvantage. Apply on the SCF General Application Form (above).  Grants of up to £5,000. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016.

Ganas Fund – Supports charities and community groups, addressing disadvantage across Sussex, with a preference for Brighton & Hove. Grants of up to £5,000. Applications should be made on the SCF General Application Form (above). Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016.

Gatwick Fund – to be announced.

Innes Fund – open to charities and community groups supporting disadvantaged people and promoting well-being in West Sussex. Apply on the SCF General Application Form (above). Grants of up to £5,000. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016.

Lisbet Rausing Fund – open to charities and community groups across Sussex, providing end-of-life care and supporting people affected by terminal illness. Applicants must have a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum. Apply on the SCF General Application Form (above). Grants of up to £5,000. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016. 

Marit & Hans Rausing Fund – Awarded four times a year to charities and community groups working in Sussex and seeking to address the root causes of social and economic disadvantage and deprivation. Apply on the SCF General Application Form (above). Grants of up to £5,000. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016.

Southern Water  Awarded four times a year to community groups and charities in Sussex for projects addressing healthy living, educational opportunities and environmental initiatives, including community gardens, allotments and projects addressing water shortages. Apply on the SCF General Application Form (above). Grants of between £500 and £2,000. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016. 

Westdene Fund – Awarded four times a year to individual young people in Sussex (16-25 years) with outstanding musical talent. Grants of up to £800. The fund has its own criteria and application form. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

William Alexander Fund – open to small community groups and charities in Brighton & Hove, supporting disadvantaged children and young people, the elderly, refugees and asylum seekers, those who suffer from drug and alcohol misuse, and support groups for veterans. Apply on the SCF General Application Form (above). Grants are mostly for £1,500-£2,000 but can be up to £5,000. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016.

William Reed Fund –  Awarded four times a year to local or national organisations, supporting social welfare projects operating and benefiting people in the Crawley area. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2016

What happens once we receive your application?

Once the applications are received, they are assessed against our general criteria. We then present them to the various donors and fund panels for consideration. Our own Grants Panel then meets to consider all the applications and to allocate any further funds.  This process takes about eight weeks and we will let you know the outcome of your application very shortly afterwards.

Monitoring

When your project is finished you are asked to complete a SCF monitoring form.  We will send this to you but if you need a copy of the monitoring form you can download it here.  You can download copies of the monitoring form for Hastings & Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund standard grants here and fasttrack grants here.

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