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 If you notice something is out of date or wrong, please let us know.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.

We also have a subscription to Trustfunding.org.uk. This is a database of UK trusts, with information about the kinds of things they fund and how to apply. If you are a Sussex based community group you are welcome to use it at the Resource Centre – just contact us to book a time to come in. (We will not charge you to use the database, but do charge a small amount for computer use).

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

  • Alec Dickson Trust

    Grants available for: Volunteering or community service projects run by young people aged under 30.
    Size of grant available: Up to £500
    No deadlines

  • Allen Lane Foundation

    Grants available for: local groups with an annual income below £100,000. Will fund start up, core or project costs. Focus on projects that reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination and make a lasting difference.
    Size of grants given: £500 to £15,000 per year
    Deadlines: Trustees meet in February, June and October – e.g. applications received up before mid-August will be considered in the October meeting. Applications take 2-6 months to process.

  • Argus Appeal

    Grants available for: projects that will make a difference to local groups or individuals.
    Size of grants given: From a few hundred to several thousand. No limits
    Next deadline: Deadlines throughout the year. Phone for details.

  • Arts Council grants for the arts

    Grants available for: Projects that are clearly related to the arts and are no more than three years in length.
    Size of grants given: From £1,000 to £100,000, but most grants under £15,000.
    No deadlines

  • Asda Community Life

    Grants available for: not for profit organisations
    Size of grants given: Generally between £50 and £250
    No deadlines.

  • Awards for all

    Grants available for: not-for-profit groups. Community projects that will run for up to a year.
    Size of grants given: £300 to £10,000
    No deadlines. Applications take 3-4 months to process.

  • 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: Deadline 1st June 2017

  • Brighton & Hove Arts Partnership Awards

    Grants available for: not-for-profit organisations in Brighton and Hove
    Size of grants given: £1000 to £2500
    Next deadline: TBA

  • Brighton & Hove Council: Community Festivals Grant

    Grants available for: To organise events or festivals that celebrate the life of local communities
    Size of grants given: Up to £1500
    Next deadline: TBA

  • Brighton & Hove Council: Environmental Sustainability Grants

    Grants available for: community and voluntary organisations or projects that improve the local environment.
    Size of grants given: Up to £2500
    Next deadline: TBA

  • 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 2017

  • 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.

  • Dementia Action Alliance in Brighton and Hove

    Grants available for: Projects run by community groups which benefit people with dementia
    Size of grants given:  Up to £5,000
    No deadlines

  • Dorothy Hay-Bolton Charitable Trust

    Grants available for: Charities working with people who are deaf or blind, particularly children, young people and elderly people.
    Size of grants given: £250 – £3500
    Next deadline: No deadlines

  • East Brighton Trust Fund

    Grants available for: community groups in East Brighton.
    Size of grants given: Up to £500
    Next deadline: TBA

  • 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: 17th April 2017

  • Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

    Grants available for: Registered charities based in Sussex, working in fields of wildlife and conservation, support for disabled people, care for the elderly, general welfare, family planning and youth care.
    Size of grants given: Most under £10,000
    No deadlines.

  • Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

    Grants available for: Small charities, for core costs, equipment or project costs.
    Size of grants given: £1,000 – 10,000
    No deadlines

  • 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: 17th March 2017

  • Good Food Grants

    Grants available for: community projects that aim to improve the health, skills and confidence of local residents though healthy eating, increased cookery skills and food growing
    Size of grants given: Up to £850
    Next deadline: 10th March 2017

  • Gregg Foundation: Local Community Projects Fund

    Grants available for: projects benefiting people who are disabled, older people, people living in poverty, carers and/or homeless people.
    Size of grants given: Up to £2,000
    Next deadline: 24th June 2017

  • Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants

    Grants available for: Projects that benefit the local environment and improve people’s lives.
    Size of grants given: Up to £2,000
    Next deadline: 24th June 2017.

  • Hart Charitable Trust

    Grants available for: small local groups/organisations which the trustees believe deserve a little extra support.
    Size of grants given: around £100 – £1000
    No deadlines

  • Henry Smith Charity: County Grants

    Grants available for: Revenue or capital costs for non-profit organisations 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 Trust

    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
    Deadline: Applications accepted at any time, but they publish their meeting dates on their website – next one is 16/03/17

  • Hilden Summer Play Scheme fund

    Grants available for: Community run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities.
    Size of grants given: £500-£1500
    Next deadline: 24th May 2017

  • Hove and Portslade Aid in Sickness Association Community Grants scheme

    Grants available for: Small grants may be available for community groups working in Hove & Portslade with people who are ill or disabled
    Size of grants given: Up to £2K, most grants under £1K
    No deadlines – contact them to find out when their next decision making meeting is.

  • Ian Askew Charitable Trust

    Grants available for:  registered UK charities, with a preference for Sussex
    Size of grants given: Most grants under £500
    Next deadline: Decisions made every other month

  • JC Robinson Trust No 3

    Grants available for:organisations that promote welfare of the elderly or disadvantaged and encourage the training and community spirit of young people.
    Size of grants given: £30 to £500
    No deadlines

  • Lions Clubs

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

  • Mrs A Lacy Tate Trust

    Grants available for: Charities is East Sussex, for general charitable purposes, including education for school children and relief of suffering of animals.
    Size of grant available: Most grants are for around £500
    No deadlines

  • National Vegetarian Week Get Stuck In small grants

    Grants available for: Activities that promote vegetarianism during National Vegetarian Week 2017
    Size of grants given: Up to £200
    Next deadline: 30th April 2017

  • Nationwide

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

  • One Stop Carriers for Causes

    Grants available for: projects that benefit local communities within 2 miles of a One Stop store (in Brighton & Hove, this is 188 Nevill Road, BN3 7QQ)
    Size of grants given: Up to £1,000
    No deadlines

  • Patcham Community Fund

    Grants available for: Groups working to improve quality of life for residents in the Patcham area, including Hollingdean 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
    No deadlines

  • People's Health Trust: Active Communities

    Grants available for: Organisations with an annual income of less than £350,000 per year, for small local projects that improve neighbourhoods.
    Size of grants available: £5,000 – £50,000
    Next deadline: To be announced

  • People's Postcode Trust

    Grants available for: Projects that focus on he prevention of poverty and/or upholding of human rights for vulnerable groups and promotion of equal rights, and/or helping people come together for the benefit of their area to resolve conflicts
    Size of grants available: up to £2,000 for organisations that are not registered charities; up to £20,000 for registered charities.
    Next deadline: 18th August 2017

  • Postcode Community Trust

    Grants available for: supporting marginalised groups in obtaining the skills & resources to effect change in their own communities.
    Size of grants available: Up to £2,000 for organisations that are not registered charities; up to £20,000 for charities.
    Next deadline: 18th August 2017

  • Postcode Local Trust

    Grants available for: Community groups, charities and Community Interest Companies
    Size of grants given: £500-£2,000 for groups that are not charities, up to £20,000 for charities
    Next deadline: 18th August

  • 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. Fund will close on 31st March 2017.

  • Sharing Heritage

    Grants available for: Projects that help people learn about their own and other people’s heritage, run or led by a not-for-profit organisation.
    Size of grant available: £3,000 – £10,000
    No deadlines

  • Southern Housing Foundation

    Grants available for: Southern Housing residents, for projects benefiting Southern Housing residents.
    Size of grants available: Up to £2000
    No deadlines.

  • Sport England Small Grants

    Grants available for: Not-for-profit organisations and statutory organisations, delivering sports projects.
    Size of grants available: £300 – £10,000
    No deadlines.

  • Sussex Community Foundation

    Grants available for: Not for profit groups based in Sussex
    Size of grants available: £500-£5000
    Next deadline: 5th May 2017

  • 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

  • Tesco Bags of Help

    Grants available for: Any non profit making group or organisation
    Size of grants given: £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000
    No deadlines

  • The Homity Trust

    Grants available for: small groups in Brighton
    Size of grants given: small amounts, up to £5,000 awarded per quarter in total
    Next deadline: 31st May 2017

  • 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

  • Tudor Trust

    Grants available for: Small, under resourced organisations working to achieve lasting change in their communities.
    Size of grants available: No limit, grants range from £100-£150,000
    No deadlines

  • 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.

  • Woodward Charitable Trust Small Grants

    Grants available for: Small registered charities delivering small-scale local projects
    Size of grants given: Up to £5,000. Most grants are under £3,000.
    Currently closed. Expected to reopen April 2017 with deadline June 2017.

  • Young Roots: Heritage Lottery Fund

    Grants available for: partnerships of heritage organisations and youth organisations
    Size of grant given: £10,000-£50,000
    No deadlines

The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.

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