Raising income through individual donations

Community Works Governance Network meeting

Thursday 25 February 2016:  6.00-8.00pm
Rose Room, BMECP Centre, 10 Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE

Recent events have sparked debate on this issue has shed a current spotlight on this activity. This session will be the chance to hear from local organisations, legal and fundraising experts with experience in this area.

For more information, and to book your place, please visit:


Please note that places will be prioritised to members of Community Works

Online Safety City – Thursday 25th February 2016

As part of their activities surrounding Safer Internet Day Safety Net is hosting an event on Thursday 25th February, where they will be looking at a joined up approach to online safety, and discussing what action is needed to make Brighton & Hove the online safety capital of the UK.

The event will take place at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, and runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm, including a networking lunch.

There will be a mix of professionals working with young people and those working in the digital sector attending, and you are very welcome to join them! Places are limited so please book on via Eventbrite to ensure you can attend: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-safety-city-thursday-25th-february-2016-tickets-20942859657

Community Trees Fund

This fund is for up to 4 fruit trees (but no more than that) on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks where children under the age of 16 are actively involved in the planting project.

Deadline 31st March 2016

For more info: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Grants/Community-Trees


Sport Relief Community Cash 2016: Deadline extended to Thursday 25th

Sport Relief Community Cash is looking to fund local groups (with incomes of less than £100,000) engaged in work/projects ‘where there is clear evidence of a beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender’.  Grants of up to £1000 are available.

You can access more information, including the criteria and how to apply at http://www.sussexgiving.org.uk/apply-for-grants/apply-now/

Free course for volunteers in community cafes and shared meal groups

If you volunteer at a community cafe or any other group that involves cooking, then you can get free training on healthy eating from the Big Fig Catering Project at Care Coops.

The aim of the course is  to help volunteers who are working with food in community settings to better understand the importance of healthy eating, meal planning and how clients and customers can be supported to make healthy eating decisions for themselves.

Email mo.yuchetel@careco-ops.org.uk or call 01273 468200 for an application form and to find out more.

Grow the Game grants open for football projects

The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme is open for applications from not-for-profit groups in England until 10 March 2016.

The grant scheme aims to support community organisations and sports groups to increase participation in football, by involving new players and volunteers in  new football teams.

For 2016, the following types of teams will be considered for funding:

Male teams from the Under-14 age bracket and above.
Female teams.
Disability teams.

Not-for-profit organisations in England can apply for a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project

Eligible organisations include:

Football Clubs.
Youth Clubs with a football programme.
Community groups, centres and clubs.
Charitable organisations.
Parish Councils.
Sports associations.
Local authorities.
Multi-sports clubs.
Companies limited by guarantee.
Industrial and provident societies.
Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations.

Grant money can be used towards a combination of the following essential costs associated with providing new football activity:

Facility hire.
Hire of FA qualified coaches.
Referees fees.
CRB checks.
Affiliation fees.
League entry.
First aid kits.
Promotion and publicity.
FA coaching courses.
Additional courses.

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2016.

For more details go to the Football Foundation’s website.

Sport Relief Community Cash

Deadline is Tuesday 16th February, 5pm.

Grants of £500 to £1000 available to small grassroots community groups in Sussex for local projects.

Apply through Sussex Community Foundation.

The full criteria for this funding can be found on the Sussex Community Foundation website but broadly –

The aims of the grant are:

To support work where there is clear evidence of a beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.

To support community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.

Who can apply?

They are particularly keen to ensure we reach groups of people who often miss out. As such they accept applications from:


  • constituted voluntary and community groups
  • charities
  • social enterprises
  • co-operatives
  • community interest companies
Bags of Help

Tesco’s new grant scheme Bags of Help allows communities to bid for up to £12,000 in community funds, to be used towards environmental improvement projects. This project is being administered by Groundworks together with Tesco.

The grant will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and where there is no charge to access. Projects that would typically receive funding include:

.               Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces

.               Green corridors – river and canals, cycle ways

.               Formal and informal play areas

.               Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds

.               Informal outdoor recreation facilities; e.g. gym equipment, woodland walks

.               Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens

.               Churchyards

.               Seafront improvements

.               Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms

.               Spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres

.               Allotments

.               School grounds

.               Community spaces on housing estates or residential areas

There’s no match funding requirement to access this grant, but the grant should be the majority of the funding required for the project, which could be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger project or part of a phased project and will need to be delivered within twelve months of receipt of the grant.  Landowner’s permission is essential and some projects might also need planning permission.

Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted by Groundwork and Tesco to the final three projects in each area, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in local stores for which of the three finalists will receive either £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000. So projects in the final three are guaranteed some money! You can read more about the grant programme on Groundwork’s website http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

The next funding round will open for applications in April! If you have any questions or want further advice on developing project ideas, contact Ben the Community Enabler for Sussex and Surrey.

Mob: 07736132698

Email: Ben.Smitton@groundwork.org.uk


FREE Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops in 2016

For Black and Minority Ethnic Residents 18+yrs

Workshop 1: Self-Esteem & Confidence Building – Women Only!

Thursday 28th January 2016, 12-1pm, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Workshop 2: Stress & Anxiety Management – Mixed Group!

Thursday 11th February 2016, 4-5pm, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Workshop 3: Anger Management – Men Only!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 6-7pm, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Workshop 4: Assertiveness – Mixed Group!

Thursday 3rd March 2016, 10-11:30am, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Interested in attending and/or want some more information? 

Contact Kalishia Davey on tel: 01273 293792, mob: 07411 251969 or Lyndsay Macadam on: 01273 262220


BHT Training – Universal Credit / welfare reform / benefits

Benefits for Beginners – 24th February

Benefits & Vulnerable People – 8th March

Universal Credit & Welfare Reform Workshop & Lunch – 24th March

These courses are run by Brighton Housing Trust. They cost £65/day for registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000, or fewer than ten employed staff.