General funds (listed A-Z)

Funds with upcoming deadlines

Adur and Worthing Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Fund Deadline: Friday 28th June. Community groups in Worthing can apply for up to £15,000 to fund projects in the town or up to £30,000 with partners. Although the fund is split into areas, if your project is across the whole area you can still apply, just choose the area where you think will see the biggest impact.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge Deadline: Friday 5 July. For registered charities or those with tax-exempt status, with income of at least £25,000 pa and able to secure a minimum of £1k in ‘pledges’ by Friday 30 August. If successful, any donations made in the first week of December are doubled.

Coop Local Community Fund Deadline: Sunday 7 July. For not-for-profit organisations that will  have a project that is running after November 2025 (or still running at this time) – this is when you will receive the funding. You will receive a minimum of £1,000 for projects that: Support young people to fulfil their potential, Help older people feel connected, Improve people’s mental wellbeing, Tackle climate change, Reducing waste and resource use or Protect nature.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme (final round) Deadline: for a Capital Grant 14 August. For organisations delivering frontline services. Capital grant offers between £2,000 and £150,000 to install capital energy efficiency measures, identified in an IEA, to reduce  a building’s energy costs (works to be completed by March 2025).

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust  Deadline: between 10 July and 13 August for Medium grants (£10,001 to £20,000). For registered charities only; start-up, core or specific project costs.

Greene King’s Proud to Pitch In Deadline: Friday 1 November. For grassroots and community sports clubs who have beneficiaries who are over 18. Apply for up to £4,000 for sports focussed projects that will positively benefit your club and/or local community, and will tangibly benefit from funding over the long-term. Apply for things like making facilities more accessible, new equipment or coaching qualifications.

The Homity Trust Deadline: Friday 26 July. Grants of up to £1,000 for organisations helping those most affected by the ongoing cost of living crisis.

The MSE Charity Deadline: Wednesday 31 July (or earlier if too many proposals). For registered charities or CICs with an annual income under £750,000 to apply for activities relating to increasing personal financial capability that are pro-active in delivering financial life skills, money management education and or debt avoidance. Grants up to £10,000.

Peter Harrison Foundation Deadline: Monday 1 July / Tuesday 1 October. Small grants up to £5,000 (for registered charities or CASCs over 2 years old with an annual income under £500,000) or major grants £5,001 up to £30,000 available under 2 programmes: Opportunities through sport and physical activity and Positive futures for children and young people.  Provide capital, project and core funding, over 1, 2 or 3 years.

Sussex Community Foundation Deadline: Friday 6 September, mainly for small to medium sized organisations and those led by and supporting people from under-represented communities.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Safer In Sussex Community Fund Deadline: Friday 28 June. Grant up to £5,000 available to local not-for-profit organisations and projects/activities that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety. Match funding and working in partnership preferred.

Worthing Community Chest Grants for Growth Deadline: Sunday 30 June. Up to £1,500 available for constituted community groups and small registered charities with an annual income under £100,000 (CICs only considered after the above types of organisations). Activities must benefit people living within the Borough of Worthing and the group or project must be looking to expand or develop. 50% match funding needed.

 

Funds you can apply to anytime

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants Grants between £1,000 and £100,000 for projects lasting up to 3 years. For creative and cultural projects that directly create and deliver creative and cultural activity with a long-term positive impact. Includes music, dance, visual arts, festivals. See their website for current ‘time-limited priorities’.

BBC Children in Need – Project Cost and Core Cost grants Expression of Interest form submitted, then you’ll be invited to apply. From £1,000 to £40,000 available per year for up to 3 years for projects that focus on addressing issues of disadvantage affecting children and young people.

The Dodgson Foundation Projects particularly aimed at the over 55s who are living in deprivation anywhere in Sussex.

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust  For Small grants under £10,000. For registered charities only; for start-up, core or specific project costs.

Focus Foundation For charities or community groups with an annual income under £2 million, who need funding for a whole project which helps socially or economically underprivileged children or young people, or projects supporting mental health.

Foyle Foundation For registered charities with less than £150,000 annual income, to apply under the Small Grants Scheme. Apply for between £2,000 and £10,000 if you are working at a grass roots local community level delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community. Projects must be completed by end 2025 (when the foundation will close their grants programmes). Closes 31 January 2025.

Henry Smith – Improving Lives Programme Between £20,000 and £70,000 a year for up to 3 years available for projects that meet one of their criteria: Help at a Critical Moment, Positive Choices, Accommodation / Housing Support, Employment and Training, Financial Inclusion, Rights & Entitlements, Support Networks & Family.

Morrisons Foundation For grants of up to £10,000 for registered charities only. For projects that improve people’s lives under at least one of their funding objectives: 1) Tackling poverty and social deprivation; 2) Enhancing community spaces, facilities and services; 3) Improving health and wellbeing.

The National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All Grants up to £20,000 for up to 2 years.  For groups that build strong relationships in communities, improve places and spaces, help people reach their potential or support people facing increased challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis.

The National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities  Grants from £20,001 for up to 5 years. For projects that work to make positive changes in your community (i.e. people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences). Funding to deliver new or existing activity. Or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges. Or projects that test new approaches to help with community issues.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund For grants between £10,000 and £250,000. For organisations looking to care for and sustain heritage where your new project (it can’t have already started) is about saving heritage, protecting the environment, inclusion, access and participation, and organisational sustainability. NB 20% of the payment will be made after your project has finished (in arrears). The Heritage Fund recently announced they have simplified their application process.

The Paley Trust Grants under £1,000 available for not-for-profit organisations that enhance the well-being of people aged over 60 in Brighton and Hove. Activities can include exercise groups, music groups, outings, social activities, equipment, and contributions to running costs.

Sport England Movement Fund  Between £300 and £15,000 available for projects that tackle inequalities and help get more people active (promote physical activity), for people that face barriers. For example, active travel, walking, cycling, dance, fitness and sports activities. Funding is awarded as either a contribution to a crowdfunding campaign or as a grant (Sport England will assess this). This fund replaces their Small Grants scheme and Active Together fund.


Why do I need fundraising?

Fundraising is an ongoing concern for most and can present multiple challenges. If you’re starting on your fundraising journey, your first steps will involve:

  • developing a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your project
  • being certain that your project is needed
  • knowing how much your project will cost
  • creating a clear plan as to how you’re going to raise those costs

There are lots of resources that you can use to help you with your planning. If you are a community group, we recommend the Resource Centre website as an excellent starting point.


Local funding searches

Brighton and Hove specific

Adur and Worthing specific


 

Help with budgets

For a clear and simple introduction to calculating the full costs of a project read the National Lottery guidance on Full Cost Recovery

For step-by-step guidance on working out your project costs read the NCVO guide to Project Budgeting

Frequently asked questions

Can you help me write my funding bid?

Our read a funding bid service gives constructive critique on funding bids that are 90% bid ready. Your bid will benefit from a fresh and neutral pair of eyes. It will be read by one of our staff members who understand funder expectations and the key elements of a strong funding bid. We’ll give you written feedback on your bid which will highlight its strengths, any glaring mistakes or omissions, and provide top level suggestions for change that would improve the chances of success.

Our read a funding bid service requires bids to be given to us with a minimum of 15 working days before the bid’s submission deadline, to allow us enough time to read and comment on your bid.

What other support can I get?

Our ‘Fundraising Series’ will help you get your head around the many aspects of fundraising from writing a case for support to forming relationships with donors.  See our events page for details.

We can help you develop large bids through our charged-for consultancy service. We can also put you in contact with other organisations you may want to partner with. Email us at info@communityworks.org.uk

Can I connect with other fundraisers?

There is a local group of fundraisers who meet regularly and share resources and support, and two national networks we would recommend (they are all currently Facebook Groups):

  • Sussex Fundraisers Group – private group with 300 members
  • Trust Fundraising Hub – private group with over 4000 members. For CEO’s of small charities or fundraisers or volunteers looking for support with grant fundraising
  • The Lone Raisers – private group with 875 members. For people who are the only fundraiser, or are the only person to have fundraising within their responsibilities, in their organisation
  • Fundraising Chat – private group with over 15,000 members. Specifically for fundraisers to talk to each other about fundraising issues, share views and best practice
I do not know how to thank you all for your endless support and encouragement to pursue the bid and your time reading and making suggestions to enable us to succeed.
Sue Standing, Friends of Heene Cemetery