Favourite Funders for existing activities and running costs

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 day-to-day running costs and ongoing existing 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 If you notice something is out of date or wrong, please let us know.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.

Access to the Funds Online database of UK trusts is available for local groups via Community Base – just contact them to request the password to access the database on-line.

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

  • Allen Lane Foundation

    Grants available for: Local voluntary groups or registered charities with an annual income below £100,000.
    Size of grants given: £500 to £15,000 per year
    Deadlines: No deadlines; trustees meet 3 times a year to consider applications

  • Argus Appeal Fund

    Grants available for: Groups in Sussex (and individuals with long term health needs)
    Size of grants given:  up to £1000
    Next deadline: no deadlines

  • Asda Green Token Giving

    Grants available for: not for profit organisations
    Size of grants given: Up to £500
    No deadlines

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Communities Fund: Resilience Fund

    Grants available for: community and voluntary groups in Brighton & Hove
    Size of grants given: Up to £10,000
    Next deadline: 27th November 2020

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Communities Fund: Engagement Fund

    Grants available for: BAME community and voluntary groups in Brighton & Hove with annual income under £20,000
    Size of grants given: Up to £2000
    Next deadline: TBC, likely 2021

  • 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 2021

  • Chalk Cliff Trust

    Grants available for: Charities, action groups and benevolent organisations in East Sussex
    Size of grants given: Mostly £3,000 – £5,000
    Next deadline: no deadlines

  • Clarity Environmental

    Grants available for: charities and community groups around the UK
    Size of grants: usually £500 – £1,500
    No deadlines

  • Covid-19 grants

    Summary page of grants available specifically for support around the Covid-19 outbreak:

  • East Brighton Trust Fund

    Grants available for: community groups in East Brighton.
    Size of grants given: Up to £1000
    Next deadline: 8th January 2021 for regular funding, emergency grants available now for Covid-19 support

  • 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: tba

  • Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest

    Grants available for: Community groups in the South of England
    Size of grants given:£500-£5,000
    Next deadline: will be in spring 2021

  • Hedgcock Bequest

    The Hedgcock Bequest is a sum of money willed to Brighton & Hove City Council in 1903, to be used for any charitable purposes, objects or institutions selected by the Council.
    The Hedgcock Bequest is no longer a separate grant programme: the funding available from the Bequest has been incorporated into the City Council’s Engagement Fund. To apply for a small grant from the Engagement Fund, apply to the Brighton & Hove City Council Engagement Fund.

  • Henry Smith Charity: County Grants

    Grants available for: Revenue or capital costs for small, non-profit organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities 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.

  • Lions Clubs

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

  • Neil Smith ‘Gold’ Food Grants

    Grants available for: Community food projects for children, families or young people (up to age 25)
    Size of grants given: up to £850
    Next deadline: to be announced

  • Patcham Community Fund

    Grants available for: Groups working to improve quality of life for residents in the Patcham area, including Hollingbury 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
    Next deadline: 26th February 2021

  • 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.

  • Sussex Community Foundation

    Grants available for: Not for profit groups based in Sussex
    Size of grants available: £500-£5000
    Next deadline: 8th January 2021

  • Sussex Crisis Fund: Food security in East Sussex

    Grants available for: projects in East Sussex working with people who are facing food insecurity
    Size of grants given: up to £5,000
    Next deadline: No deadline

  • The Homity Trust

    Grants available for: small groups in Sussex
    Size of grants given: most grants under £1000
    Next deadline: 1st March 2021

  • 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

  • Trust House Charitable Foundation Small Grants

    Grants available for: Small charities and not-for-profit organisations with incomes under £250,000, working in rural areas or areas of urban deprivation.
    Size of grants given: £2,000-£10,000 for one year.
    Deadlines: 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.

  • Yapp Charitable Trust

    Grants available for: Registered charities that have been constituted for at least 3 years, with annual expenditure of £40,000 or less.
    Size of grant available: Up to £3,000 per year for up to 3 years
    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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