Small grants for Health & Wellbeing projects in London Road/Trafalgar/New England area

Grants of up to £500 are available to groups and organisations to run projects/activities that will impact on the Health and Wellbeing of the above area.  Priority will be given to projects that:

  • educate to prevent people starting to smoke or support them when they are ready to stop.
  • help to reduce obesity, improve diet and nutrition, (e.g. via cooking skills, food growing, etc.)
  • improve sexual health
  • ensure active living & increase exercise
  • improve mental health & wellbeing and reduce isolation
  • support healthy ageing and improve health-related quality  of life for older people
  • improve alcohol and drug awareness
  • improve health-related quality of life for those with long term health conditions
  • support health and wellbeing of those living on a reduced budget.

Applications need to be received by end of the day 8th of May for projects that can complete in the next 6 months.  On maximum of the equivalent of two sides of A4 the following information is suggested -

  • Contact name and address
  • Group/Organisation Name (if not individual application)
  • Name of Project
  • Start and End Date
  • Details of Project/Activity -What are you going to do?
  • How this impacts on the themes and priorities of this fund
  • Number, type, and location of beneficiaries – Who you going to do it with, how many, where?
  • How are you going to evaluate the work – How can you show you did what you said you would?
  • Project Cost – with  breakdown – How much/what for?
  • Funding requested – with breakdown (if relevant where is the rest of the money coming from)
  • Sustainability or Exit Strategy – What happens at the end of the Funding?
  • Additional Information – How do we know you can deliver it? for example.

Submission by cut off date to

For more information, contact:

Andy Silsby
Community Development Consultant
Serendipity Enterprising Solutions CIC

Information sessions about Community Works Mentoring programme

The Community Works Mentoring Programme for 2015-16 is coming soon.

They are holding two Information Sessions for anyone who would like to find out more.

Whether you would like to take part as a mentor or whether you are seeking the support of one, you can come along to find out the details of the programme, criteria for taking part and speak to people who have participated in previous years. The aim is also to help you decide whether mentoring support will be the thing for you.

Book on to one of the following:

  • Tuesday 12 May 12:30-2:30pm or
  • Thursday 14 May 6-8pm

Both sessions will be held in the Community Works meeting room, 3rd Floor of Community Base, Queens Rd, Brighton.

Please email: to let them know to expect you.

For more information about the Mentoring Programme:

- (programme overview)

- (programme information)

May 1st deadline for Brighton & Hove council small grants

Brighton & Hove Council has announced the deadlines for this year’s annual grants programme for smaller organisations. The first deadline is Friday May 1st.

The council runs a general grants scheme, offering funding of up to £5,000 for community groups with an annual income below £35,000, as well as four specialist grants programmes:

The council also makes grants of up to £1000 from the Hedgcock Bequest.

Deadlines for all these programmes are:

  • 1 May 2015 (for activities from July 2015 to March 2016)
  • 17 July 2015 (for activities from October 2015 to March 2016)
  • 2 October 2015 (for activities from January 2016 to March 2016)
Governance Network, 20th May

Community Works carried out a consultation at the end of 2014 on trustee support. It asked trustees questions about what areas they would like support in and how they would like to address these areas.

In brief, the responses indicated that the majority of people would like a quarterly network that is held in the evening and has a well-structured learning element to it. The topic areas that people indicated they most wanted to address were:

  • Developing management committee/ trustee boards
  • Charity law
  • Roles and responsibilities and good governance
  • Charity finance

In response to the above Community Works are committing to co-ordinating 4 Governance Network sessions over the next year, of which one will take the ‘surgery’ form which has previously proven to be successful. The first Governance Network meeting will take place as follows:

Theme: Charity Finance

Date & time: Wednesday 20th May 6-8pm

Venue: BMECP (Rose Room), Fleet Street Brighton

If you are a trustee of a voluntary or community group in Brighton & Hove, and you want to come along to this session, please email This will help them to plan the session.

Free office goods and furniture

Prestamex House is vacating this week, and many hundreds of items of office goods and furniture are available to community groups, citizens and small businesses for free.

Please email Cat at if you are interested in viewing or picking up items.

Viewing and pick ups on Tuesday 24th, Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th 11am to 6pm, Prestamex House, 171 Preston Road, BN1 6AG. There’s free parking at the front of the building.

Disability awareness workshop

Community Works are running a Disability Awareness workshop with local specialist providers the Fed and Brighton & Hove Speak Out.

Tues 7th April, 10am – 1pm, Community Base 113 Queens Road.  Fees vary from £25-£45.

For more information contact or call 01273 234023.

Seed funding for community-university partnership projects

Seed funding aims to support the development of new or early partnership working between academic staff at the University of Brighton and local community organisations. Each year they invite new partnerships to make applications for up to £5000 to make their ideas happen. Contact Brighton University for more information.


Monitoring, Evaluation, Impact

Two further workshops on evaluation and making the most of your data are being held for Community Works members. The workshops are an opportunity to explore monitoring, evaluation and impact through the practical learning of bringing together a Data Management Strategy. They will explore the concept and contents of such a strategy, the benefits of having one and what it might bring to your group.

For full workshop information including dates please visit Community Works website.

Survey on community food

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership are doing a survey to find out about all kinds of places where people eat together in groups.

The survey is at

They would like to hear from places people eat together in groups (or would like to in future).  Also from anywhere that regularly receives donated food. Some examples include

  • lunch clubs
  • growing projects
  • day centres
  • community groups
  • cafes which offer a lunch club option or a meal for particular groups (e.g. an ‘OAP meal’)
  • food banks
  • hostels
  • care homes
  • others – anywhere serving a shared meal or receiving donated food

The survey will take less than 15 minutes and directly influence local policies which relate to food and to food poverty.  If anything isn’t clear or you would like to talk to someone about this work please call the Food Partnership on 01273 431700. As a thank you for your time you will also be entered into a prize draw to win £50 for your group or activity.

Piggy Bank Fund deadline extended to 17th April

The Piggy Bank Fund provides small grants of around £500 for projects that benefit young people aged 13-19 in Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate.

Applicants will need to fill out an application form, and provide a one minute video about their project. They will then be required to attend a grant presentation session on 22nd April at the Crew Club between 16-30 and 18-00.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to 5pm on Friday 17th April.The videos will be shown at a public event on March 25th, where a vote will be taken on which projects to fund.

For more information contact: or