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

Jewson Building Better Communities project funding

Deadline 12/04/15.

Jewson are awarding funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 to community projects. Examples of projects: a new roof for your village hall, a sensory garden for local school children or the renovation of a long-forgotten community building.

Works by nomination, followed by shortlisting, followed by voting by the public then a judgement by the panel.

Go to their website: for more information.


RAISE Challenge Fund grants available to support innovative ideas

RAISE Challenge Fund grants are available to support community and voluntary organisations across the South East with grants in the region of £2,500 – £10,000 to help develop leadership and vision, unlock potential and develop innovative ideas. Examples of projects which could be funded are:

  • Business planning
  • Use of data and research
  • Training
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Starting new ventures

Applicants should be able to demonstrate how the proposed project represents a clear change for the organisation.

To apply, fill in an expression of interest form on Surrey Community Foundation’s website.

Deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is 31 May.

Women’s Empowerment Fund grants of £2,000 to £20,000

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is launching a call for applications for a Women’s Empowerment Fund. The Fund is £250k in total and voluntary and community groups whose primary objective is to work with women in the community are invited to apply for funding for local community engagement projects that empower women.

They will award 10 -20 grants across the country.

The deadline is 31st March 2015.

For more info see:


Free video production workshop

The Media Trust is running an introductory workshop for charitable and community groups to help them understand how they can create video content that will enable them to amplify their campaigns and calls to action.

When: 13 May 2015, 10.00am-4.00pm,

Where: Brighton 

You need to complete an application form to apply to attend.

For more details and an application form contact Adam Perry on: