Funding News - January 2023


Success stories

East Dean & Friston Cricket Club
National Lottery Community Fund – VocalUPlift
National Lottery Heritage Grant – Sussex Community Development Association
StrongBack Productions
UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Hastings Borough Council

Information and Guidance 

House of Lords - Briefing on Arts and Cultural Policy 6


Wealden District Council – Wealden’s Community Lottery


Sport England - BME Youth Together Fund
Sport England - Small Grants Programme


Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund

Trusts and Foundations

Andor Charitable Trust
Angling Trust - Get Fishing Fund
Aurelius Charitable Trust
Civic Power Fund - Community Action Fund
Crowdfunder and East Sussex County Council
Delamere Dairy Foundation
D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The February Foundation
Hedley Foundation
Help the Homeless Grant Scheme
Hendy Foundation
Idlewild Trust
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Grassroots Movement Fund
Linder Foundation Hospice Grants - End of Life Care in Prison
Masonic Charitable Foundation - Hospice Grants – Poverty and Deprivation Programme
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity
Music Venue Trust - Pipeline Investment Fund
National Allotment Gardens Trust
Sussex Community Foundation – Cubitt & West Emergency Fund
Sussex Community Foundation – The Gatwick Foundation
Sussex Community Foundation – Newhaven EZ Community Fund
Sussex Community Foundation – 2023 Rampion Community Benefit Fund
Synergi – Small Grants Fund for Racial Justice and Mental Health Projects
Theatres Trust - Small Grants Programme
Thomas Wall Trust - Grants for Registered Charities
Toy Trust
VocTech Activate


Arts Council England - International Touring and Environmental Responsibility Fund

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Success stories

East Dean & Friston Cricket Club

East Dean & Friston Cricket Club has been awarded funding for an innovative project to harvest, store and recycle the winter rains to help irrigate the wicket during our increasingly hot and dry summers; helping to mitigate against the impact of climate change.

The drought of 2022 has damaged the new cricket wicket and the club needed to protect this key asset in the face of likely future droughts brought upon us by climate change.   

Following a successful grant application to England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) and with the generous further support from East Dean & Friston Parish Council and technical advice from Sussex Cricket Foundation, contractors are now cutting the turf and starting the equipment installation. 

The project is to collect/harvest the rainwater falling on the pavilion roof for storage in an ‘above ground’ tank behind the pavilion prior to being piped to the wicket, where a new fully automated system with pop up sprinkler heads around the square will minimise water usage and maintenance time from volunteers.  

Other benefits for members of the Club and the local community include: 

  • Harvest and store 10,000 litres of rainwater from the cricket pavilion roof  
  • Reduce/eliminate the use of up to 30,000 litres of mains water per annum 
  • Help the Club avoid drought restrictions by using harvested water throughout the season 
  • Reduce reliance on voluntary labour from members for watering the wicket  

Any enquiries to Jason Woodford, Chairman, East Dean and Friston CC / 07900 677169.

National Lottery Community Fund – VocalUPlift

VocalUPlift is thrilled to announce that the online choir for sufferers of Long Covid has received desperately needed funding of 10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to enable the choir to run free to participants throughout 2023.

Open to any Long Covid sufferer in Sussex, the online choir provides an opportunity to practice gentle relaxation and breathing exercises alongside simple songs – no prior experience necessary. Those taking part can also share their experiences with fellow sufferers and information on positive steps they have taken.

The pilot which ran earlier this year was highly successful with participants noting considerable improvements.

The following flyer provides you with more details, sessions will begin on 10th January and, for those unfamiliar with the technology, the group will offer Zoom support.

The group has also started raising funds through Rother Community Lottery to help them with their fundraising effort.

For more information please email:

National Lottery Heritage Grant – Sussex Community Development Association

Sussex Community Development Association was awarded £36,449 grant for 'Newhaven Heritage Routes' which will launch in January, bringing together archived material and local memories in a new way and making it accessible by trail leaflets, guided walks and rides.

The project will be based in the Newhaven Active Travel Hub with local historian, Dr Jenny Flood, to develop new heritage walking and cycle trails.

Tel:  01273 517250 


StrongBack Productions

This spring and summer Rye will be at the heart of a creative initiative to address one of today’s key issues: climate change. Arts organisation StrongBack Productions has been awarded funding from Arts Council England, the Chalk Cliff Trust and Rother District Council for an innovative collaboration called SongMaps: Rye. The project will bring artists, climate experts and local communities in Rye together to create a collective response to climate change, which is directly affecting the town and surrounding environment.

SongMaps: Rye is a pilot between London-based StrongBack Productions and Speaking Volumes and local organisations Rye Creative Centre and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. It is scheduled to begin in March 2023, when volunteers and participants from the Nature Reserve, Rye Creative Centre and The Strandliners will participate a range of exciting and informative activities, including workshops, conversations, research, games and talks.

Inspired by science, natural heritage and conservation, poets, musicians, a visual artist and a dramaturg will help the local community to address the environmental issues that are most pressing to them by creating a series of ‘SongMaps’, which comprise cross-arts activities and events. These will become templates for action now and in the future as the people of Rye use them to chart and adapt to further changes and transformations along the Kent/Sussex coast.

A call-out for participants will be announced at the start of February. For further information please email: 

UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Hastings Borough Council

Hastings Borough Council has been allocated £1m from the government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) over the next three years.

The money will be spent in the Broomgrove area of Hastings, which was identified as one of the town's most deprived wards. The fund is aimed at levelling up opportunity and prosperity and overcoming geographical inequalities that have held areas back in the past.

The investment will cover three areas: communities and place; support for local businesses and people and skills.

The council will be working closely with partners to deliver the programme, which is being drafted.

Work on the proposed projects will begin in 2023, with the programme due to end in 2025. More information will be released on the projects during the programme.

Information and Guidance

House of Lords - Briefing on Arts and Cultural Policy

The creative industries have been identified as a driver of economic growth and employment by the government and industry stakeholders. The government has said it will publish a ‘sector vision’, setting out its strategy for increasing growth in the creative industries sector. Initially set for publication in 2021, the sector vision has been delayed until 2023.

This recent briefing considers recent developments in the formation of the government’s strategy for the arts and creative industries.


Wealden District Council – Wealden’s Community Lottery

Wealden District Council is delighted to invite local organisations to the launch of Wealden’s Community Lottery, taking place on Wednesday 1st February at Hailsham Civic Community Hall. This initiative is an exciting new way for local organisations to fundraise locally and this event will highlight how the Community Lottery will work and the benefits it could bring to your organisation. They welcome voluntary and community organisations, charities, sports clubs and other organisations in Wealden to attend the launch to find out more about how the community lottery can support them. 

For more information and to sign up to our ‘Good Causes Launch Event’, click through the Eventbrite link below to hear all about how to get involved!  Eventbrite Link to the Event


Sport England - BME Youth Together Fund

Formerly known as the Tackling Inequalities Fund, The Together Fund is a Sport England initiative which supports non-profit community organisations to recover and emerge from the long-term impacts of COVID-19.  

BME Youth is administering this programme, which sees grants of £10,000 on offer to groups who are engaging the following communities in movement and physical activity: 

  • People with long-term health conditions
  • Disabled people
  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Culturally diverse communities

Funding can be used for (but is not limited to): 

  • Equipment hire and purchase
  • Coach fees and expenses
  • Hire of facilities
  • Promotion and publicity
  • Staff costs
  • Transport and travel

The fund is primarily aimed at voluntary and community sector organisations. However, applications from NHS/Local Authority or Leisure Trusts will be considered if it can be demonstrated that this is the best way to engage the relevant communities.

Grants can be used for costs associated with project delivery including equipment, hire of facilities, coach fees and transport and travel.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 31st March 2023.

Tel: 01603 748403                     


Sport England - Small Grants Programme

The Sport England Small Grants Programme aims to support local community sport projects that seek to encourage people in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability, to feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity. And, in particular, projects which meet one or more of the following aims of Sport England's ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy: 

  • Getting inactive people to become more active
  • Developing lasting sporting habits
  • Developing more positive attitudes among young people

Grants of between £300 and £15,000 are available.

Applications are accepted from: 

  • Community amateur sports clubs (as registered with HMRC)
  • Unregistered voluntary and community organisations with a not-for-profit constitution
  • Registered charities
  • Not-for-profit companies (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisation)
  • Community interest companies (CICs) or other social enterprises
  • Community benefit societies
  • Schools using their facilities for wider community benefit
  • Local authority bodies (including town, parish and community councils)

Applicants do not have to be a sports organisation to apply as Sport England is more interested in the applicants' knowledge of and track record in the community that will benefit from the project.

The aim of the fund is to bring communities together and provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active.

The funders are also looking to support activities which focus on environmental sustainability.

Types of costs which can be covered include: 

  • Coaching – providing opportunities for those less likely to be active, offering them an activity they want to participate in
  • Volunteer training – develop an organisation’s volunteer base through offering training to both new and existing volunteers
  • Service alterations –providing new ways of delivering existing activity to attract new participants/members, for example offering outreach or web-based classes or targeting new audiences through connecting with other providers in the locality
  • Additional equipment– to enable expansion of activity or safer delivery of activity, for example a defibrillator and associated costs (such as training for its use) as part of a wider project to deliver sport and physical activity
  • Minor facility alterations – examples include adapting a community space to make it more accessible for those with mobility impairments, refurbishing a space to enable sport and physical activity to be offered or improving a space to make it more energy efficient

The deadline to apply is 30th June 2023.

Tel: 03458 508508 



Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund

The funding aims to support the modernisation and improvement of village halls, so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities: 

  • Improved health and/or wellbeing and/or reduction in rural loneliness
  • Positive impact on the local environment, contributes towards net zero
  • Support for the local rural economy
  • Promotion of community cohesion

The £3 million funding pot offers grants of between £7,500 and £75,000 which will be 20% of eligible project costs.

The total project cost can be more than £375,000 but the maximum grant available is £75,000.

All project work must be completed by 31st March 2025.

Applications will be accepted from the following legal entities: 

  • Registered charities
  • Charitable trusts
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
  • Community Associations which are registered charities
  • Multi-purpose Church Halls, Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in the vicinity, they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi-purpose
  • Charitable Companies

To be eligible, the village hall must: 

  • Be charity owned and managed by the community
  • Be located in a local rural area with a population of less than 10,000 people
  • Have a freehold or leasehold in place. If a leasehold interest, there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease

The funding is for capital improvements only where projects aim to upgrade facilities, extend or improve facilities or where capital items need to be purchased.

The following are examples of project activity that could be considered eligible to be funded (it is not an exhaustive list): 

  • Extensions
  • Internal reconfigurations
  • New roof and roof refurbishment which includes insulation
  • Improvements which help to increase energy efficiency
  • Refurbishment of toilets and kitchens
  • Damp proofing
  • New installation of communication system

Applications are made in a two-stage process: 

  • Stage 1 applications include basic information about the organisation, local community and the project proposed to determine eligibility
  • Organisations successful at Stage One will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application

The deadline for the first round of Stage 1 applications is midnight 20th January 2023.

The fund will then close and reopen to new applicants on 20th February 2023.

Tel: 01285 653477 


Trusts and Foundations

Andor Charitable Trust

The scheme aims to fund a wide range of charitable projects, including those focusing on: 

  • Medical and ancillary services (including medical research)
  • Education
  • Helping the disabled
  • Helping the aged
  • Providing sheltered accommodation
  • Relieving poverty
  • Developing the arts

Around £170,000 is awarded in grants each year depending on the Charity's income.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Most grants tend to be in the range of £1,000 to £3,000, with the exceptional grant being made for a larger amount.

Applications are accepted at any time.

The Trust does not have a website or a standard application form.

Organisation should contact the Andor Charitable Trust for information on the application process.

Andor Charitable Trust
Blick Rothenberg LLP
16 Great Queen Street
Covent Garden
London WC2B 5AH

Tel: 0207 544 8865 


Angling Trust - Get Fishing Fund

The Angling Trust’s Get Fishing Fund awards grants up to £2,500 to encourage more people to take up fishing or reignite a passion for fishing.  

The Fund will support organisations delivering a programme of angling activities throughout 2023.

As a means of encouraging the wellbeing benefits the sport can offer, supported activities should aim to help get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport.  Funding can be used to help purchase equipment, fishing tackle and resources to run fishing events and activities to give people the opportunity to try fishing.

The Fund accepts applications from angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities that want to increase the number of people being introduced to angling. Funded activities must be delivered on freshwater fisheries where angling requires a fishing licence.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 5th March 2023.

Tel: 07495 433626           


Aurelius Charitable Trust

The scheme is intended to support the conservation of culture inherited from the past and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the humanities field.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have ranged between £1,000 and £10,000.

Charitable organisations are eligible to apply.

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. The Trustees meet twice per year to consider applications.

Applications must be made in writing and should include a stamped, addressed envelope if a response is required.

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

Mr P E Haynes
The Aurelius Charitable Trust
Old Road
Surrey RH3 7DU

Tel: 01737 842186 


Civic Power Fund - Community Action Fund

The Civic Power Fund  - Community Action Fund is the first donor fund dedicated to community organising, which aims to provide targeted long-term funding across the UK.

Its new grants programme is open to non-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £250,000 that are: 

  • Rooted in and accountable to their community
  • Hoping to achieve long-term change on the issues affecting their communities
  • Addressing injustice by the power of their community. For example, through community organising, campaigning, or democratic engagement
  • Lacking the resources to take their vision to the next level

The Fund offers £2,500 to £20,000, with funding to be used to build community resources to take action on issues that matter to them.

Priority will be given to organisations led by people with lived experience of the injustice they are trying to overcome.

All successful applicants will be offered support beyond funding. This will include the Civic Power Fund Governance Hub and optional, bespoke cohort and capacity building opportunities.

To apply, groups must complete a short eligibility questionnaire by 26th February 2023.


Crowdfunder and East Sussex County Council

Crowdfunder and East Sussex County Council are on the lookout for projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex.   

From 11th February, £25,000 will be available to community projects that help people and the planet to thrive.  To be in with a chance of getting up to £5,000, organisations must set up a crowdfunding campaign by clicking 'Start crowdfunding' and apply to the ‘East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund – 2023’ before 1st February. Don’t worry, as this is just the first step, the campaign proposal can be a rough draft!   

5 projects will be selected, with priority given to projects addressing existing inequalities.  Eligible participants will receive support to set up a crowdfund campaign and must then set their project live on 22nd February. 

Once projects go live, they will receive the first £500 pledge from the council.  Projects will then have 5 weeks to raise funds with further pledges from East Sussex County Council when fundraising milestones are reached.  Find out more about Crowdfunding and get started today! Or, if you know a project that would be a great fit, make sure to let them know!


Delamere Dairy Foundation

The funding is intended to support the work of charities and organisations whose purpose fits with the objects of the Delamere Dairy Foundation for the benefit of the public, namely: 

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society
  • The relief of financial hardship
  • The advancement of education
  • The relief of sickness

Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available.

Applications will be accepted from charities, community groups and social enterprises based in England, Scotland and Wales.

Grant requests to support a range of costs and activities will be considered, for community projects that align with the values of the Delamere Dairy Foundation.

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2023.

Tel: 01565 632422 


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The funding is for charitable work in the UK that addresses the objectives of the Trust, which are: 

  • The advancement of the arts
  • Health and medical welfare
  • Environmental protection or improvement

Grants generally range from £500 to £6,000.  The majority of grants are one-off grants for one year.

Applications are accepted from UK registered, exempt or excepted charities working within the UK for the benefit of UK residents.

The funding is to be used for core costs and projects. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives.

Projects that fall within the following fields of interest are eligible for support: 

The Arts 

  • The promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people to increase their opportunities to become involved outside school and to build future audiences with special emphasis on choral singing for children and young people to encourage recruitment into choirs
  • Performance development opportunities in the performing arts for those in the early stages of their careers, encouraging involvement in the community through performances and workshops for the benefit of those with special needs and those who would otherwise have no opportunity to hear or participate in a live performance
  • Support for charities seeking to engage with young people on the fringes of society through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion

 Medical Welfare 

  • Provision of music and art therapy to improve quality of life
  • Support for charities concerned with alleviating the suffering of adults and children with medical conditions who have difficulty finding support through traditional sources
  • The welfare of those who care for others through the provision of breaks for those carers without regular support - and with emphasis on projects and schemes that allow young carers to enjoy being children

 The Environment 

  • Conservation of the countryside and its woodlands, with emphasis on the encouragement of voluntary work and active involvement in hands-on activities, particularly activities that bring about positive changes in the lives of young people and help them to experience the value of nature
  • Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lost
  • Social and therapeutic horticulture: projects that use gardening or other environmental activities to bring about positive changes in the lives of those who are living with disabilities or ill health

The next deadline for applications is 8th February 2023, to be considered at the March meeting.

Tel: 0203 637 3003


The February Foundation

The Foundation makes grants to a range of charities and will consider supporting any charitable activities but has previously funded charities working in the following areas: 

  • Education
  • End-of-life care
  • Heritage and culture
  • Healthcare and patient support

Funding is at the discretion of the trustees but the average (median) award is £5,000. The Foundation is happy to part-fund projects and will consider applications for continuation funding for previously funded projects.

The funding is for project, capital and core costs.

There are no application deadlines as trustees normally make grant decisions on a monthly basis.

There is no formal application form.  The Foundation prefers to be contacted electronically, and emailed applications will be given priority over hard copy applications.


Hedley Foundation

The scheme is intended to support smaller charitable organisations undertaking projects for young people, the disabled, terminally ill patients and others in need. The main objective of the Trustees' grant-making is to improve lives and to lift people's aspirations. 

The Foundation supports the following: 

  • Youth:to help disadvantaged young people, supporting youth projects through education, the arts, sport and adventurous activities
  • Disabled:to improve the quality of life of those with a mental or physical disability
  • The elderly and terminally ill:to improve the quality of life of the elderly and those receiving end of life care
  • Miscellaneous support:other social welfare projects such as those for carers, the homeless and ex-offenders

Although funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, the Foundation notes: 

  • Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved
  • Smaller charities may receive smaller grants of £250 upwards

Small to mid-sized UK registered charities that are based and working in the UK can apply.

Projects costs are supported for activities involving: 

  • Disadvantaged young people
  • Those living with a physical or mental disability
  • The elderly and terminally ill
  • Other social welfare projects e.g. carers, homeless, ex-offenders

Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held four times a year, normally in January, April, July and November.

The closing date for applications to be considered at the April 2023 meeting is 25th January 2023.


Help the Homeless Grant Scheme

Help the Homeless is a small grant maker with limited funds available for giving.

It provides funding for charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to rebuild their lives.

Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter.

The reasons for being homeless vary enormously, but may include ill-health, those who are discharged offenders, addictions, family breakdown or other adverse circumstances.  Homelessness is not just about the people that the public sees and thinks about – principally “rough sleepers” living on the streets – but a whole range of people who lack a stable home.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

UK registered charities can apply. Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

This fund is aimed at supporting small and medium-sized registered charities with an annual turnover of under £1 million and with unrestricted reserves of under six months annual running costs based on their latest published annual accounts.

The funding is for capital projects.

Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Applicants requiring funding for building work and refurbishment are advised to contact CRASH, the construction industry's charity for homeless people for advice.

Applications are considered quarterly. The deadlines each year are: 15th March, 15th June, 15th September and 15th December.


Hendy Foundation

The Foundation aims to improve the lives of people in the communities where Hendy Group operates by offering grants to a wide range of local projects, people, events and charitable organisations.

The average grant is £1,000, although grants of up to £5,000 are available in exceptional circumstances.

Groups and charitable organisations who are operating within areas where Hendy Group operates can apply.

The next round will open from 1st February to 28th February 2023.

Tel: 07918671883 


Idlewild Trust

The Trust offers grants to registered charities working in the following two areas: 

  • Arts Grants:Nurturing Early Stage Professionals - Supporting programmes that improve opportunities for professionals working creatively within the arts at an early stage in their career
  • Conservation Grants:Objects and Works of Art - Supporting the conservation of historic or artistically important objects and works of art in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds

The maximum grant available is £5,000.

Funding is available for the following types of projects:

Arts - Nurturing early stage professionals: Eligible projects should aim to improve the opportunities for professionals working creatively in the arts at an early stage in their careers. The Trust will consider programmes that: 

  • Encourage and nurture the talent of young professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers and artists in the performing, fine and applied arts aged 18 and over. Programmes need to be run by UK registered charities in the arts sector, delivering high quality and professional work with a strong track record. Programmes should be for talented early stage professionals with existing training or very relevant experience
  • Are for other early stage professionals working creatively within the arts including composers, curators and theatre-makers (e.g. directors and choreographers)

Conservation - Objects and works of art: The Trust supports the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after them. The Trust will consider programmes that: 

  • Conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts, wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality. Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public

The 2023 application rounds are: 

  • Round one – now open, will close 14th February 2023 (midday)
  • Round two – will open 1st June and close 5th September 2023 (midday)

Tel: 020 3909 0406 


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Grassroots Movement Fund

The programme is intended to provide funding, infrastructure and access to resources and networks to support the sustainability of work taking place within grassroots social justice movements.

Grants of £10,000 to £70,000 are available for up to two years.

The funders expect to distribute £1,000,000 over two grant rounds between 2022 and 2023.

There is also a Care and Accessibility Pot, which offers an additional sum of up to £400 per applicant in order to remove some of the barriers that may hinder groups from applying such as translation costs, childcare and the labour of writing an application.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate at least three of the following: 

  • Set up and run by communities who have come together in their own time to take action on an injustice they are facing (this could include paid staff but the group must still be led by members).
  • Includes people with lived experience of oppression and their views and experiences are listened to and guide the work of the group
  • Regularly brings new members into the group and involves them in decisions about the aims and activities of the group
  • Aims to engage and influence a growing number of people, eg through events, campaigns, outreach, demonstrations
  • Works in solidarity with other grassroots groups, especially the smaller informal ones, through collaborating and supporting each other

Additionally, groups should be able to demonstrate at least four of the following: 

  • An understanding of the causes of inequality and injustice
  • That it works to create completely new, fairer ways of providing what people need to live happy, healthy lives (e.g. housing, healthcare, education, food, safety) that replace the existing systems rather than trying to improve them
  • That it is led by/decisions are made by those directly affected by the issue the group is working on
  • A vision of the world where inequality and oppression (e.g. based on ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, class, disability) no longer exists
  • Recognition of the fact that all oppressions and injustices are connected and the different needs people have because of this
  • Work that reflects their values and the change they want to see, which may include practices of healing and repairing and new ways of being together

The type of work that can be funded includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Providing resources that help grassroots groups to run smoothly and support members to keep involved (e.g. equipment, access to places to meet)
  • Creating new ways of working that are alternatives to the usual ways organisations run and that focus on valuing and taking care of people
  • Bringing grassroots groups and movements together to work in solidarity with each other through sharing knowledge and supporting each other
  • Supporting the participation and needs of people with lived experience of oppression involved in and leading grassroots movements
  • Making grassroots communities stronger and more able to challenge injustice and inequality, particularly those outside major cities where movements are well resourced
  • Improving connection between projects that provide materials needs (e.g. food, housing) with work that aims to empower people to take action to create change
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of injustice through events that recognise that everyone has something to share and that gives people the chance to tell their stories
  • Radically reimagining and developing new systems and solutions that address injustice and inequality
  • Supporting healing and repair for people and communities experiencing injustice and oppression

Although the funders are unable to fund core costs (e.g. salaries, office rent) for most organisations which are not registered charities, they will include an appropriate amount to cover day-to-day running costs.

The deadline to apply is 19th February 2023.

All applicants must first book a call with a member of the Team to discuss their eligibility. If they are deemed eligible, they will then be sent a link to the online application system.

Tel: 07709 037861 


Linder Foundation Hospice Grants - End of Life Care in Prison

As part of its partnership with Linder Foundation, Hospice UK is delivering a new programme which aims to expand hospice care for prisoners and improve understanding of the unique needs that imprisoned people will have at the end of life.

The programme offers 12-month grants of up to £15,000, from a total funding pot of £75,000.

Examples of work that could be funded include: 

  • Outreach to local communities and training for hospice staff to tackle myths
  • Developing and testing new approaches, such as training programmes focused on the needs of people at end of life for clinical and non-clinical prison staff
  • Funding a new post to coordinate engagement with and explore ways to support and collaborate with local prisons and specialist organisations supporting prison health and care services
  • Rolling out of practice models already tested in some hospices, such as on-demand end of life care advice to prisons, delivering direct clinical care and bereavement support in prison and providing training to prison staff

The fund is open to adult member hospices in the UK.

Grants can cover a range of costs associated with project implementation and delivery, including staff costs, transport and training.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 1st February.

Tel: 020 7520 8219                    


Masonic Charitable Foundation - Hospice Grants – Poverty and Deprivation Programme

As part of its partnership with Hospice UK, the Masonic Charitable Foundation has launched a new fund that seeks to ensure that marginalised individuals and those experiencing poverty have equitable access quality care at the end of life.

Applications will be considered from full member adult hospices and children's hospices.  Projects should be linked to aspects of the following:

  • Awareness of, and outreach to, people with low socioeconomic status (SES)
  • Intersection of deprivation and race/disability/homelessness
  • Overriding some of the impact of deprivation
  • New approaches to the workforce, e.g. moulded roles, combined roles
  • Working in partnership with other healthcare/social care/welfare/local government agencies to meet patient/carers needs
  • Supporting people with low socioeconomic status living in rural and remote areas

Total available funding in this grant round is £300,000. It is expected that between eight and ten grants of up to £35,000 will be awarded to local hospices in this round.

The deadline to apply is 28th February 2023 at 5pm.

Tel: 020 7520 8219                    


Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

This funding round has been brought forward due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, will focus on Raising the Next Generation. Under this theme, projects should support the younger generation (under 25) to help them learn financial life skills and to grow during the difficult financial climate.

Work may include: 

  • School-based activities
  • Migrants
  • Lone parents
  • Victims and survivors of domestic abuse
  • Family outreach services.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions, providing they have an annual turnover of less than £750,000 and reserves of less than six months’ running costs.

Grants of up to £7,500 are available. The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.

The grant round closes on Tuesday 31st January at 5pm OR earlier if MSE Charity has already accepted 40 applications.


Music Venue Trust - Pipeline Investment Fund

The funding is intended to provide grassroots music venues with support to carry out business development projects that they would otherwise find financially challenging, but make a real difference to their work.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Applications will be accepted from community-based organisations operating grassroots music venues in the UK.

The fund will prioritise support for organisations who may be excluded from other available funding.

Grants may be used to help meet the cost of the following projects and activities: 

  • Small-scale capital projects including: lights; sound; access; ventilation; and minor building alterations
  • Organisational development projects including: staff and training; diversifying the workforce; succession planning; skills development; and strengthening local community ties

Applications may be made at any time.


National Allotment Gardens Trust

The National Allotment Gardens Trust awards funding to registered Allotment Associations and Committees for the improvement and development of facilities on registered and permanent sites. Non statuary sites may also be granted funding if a long term lease is in place.

The amount of funding that can be applied for will be on the scale of £250 (Minimum) to £2,000 (Maximum) per applicant.

Applications will be dealt with on a quarterly basis; the deadlines for the applications are 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October.


Sussex Community Foundation – Cubitt & West Emergency Fund

The Cubitt & West Emergency Fund will make grants to support foodbanks and other charities and not-for-profit organisations in Sussex helping to support families and children with emergency food provision during the winter of 2022-23.

Cubitt & West wants to connect more with local charitable organisations where they are based. Therefore, the new fund is targeted at areas where branch offices are located, these include Crowborough, Lewes, Peacehaven and Uckfield in East Sussex.

Applications are to be made on our standard general application form and the  normal guidance applies to this funding.

Tel:  01273 409440 


Sussex Community Foundation – The Gatwick Foundation

The Gatwick Foundation Fund is open to charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations working in the Gatwick area (Horsham, Mid Sussex, Crawley and Wealden districts).  

The Fund prioritises projects which promote: 

  • Building Better Communities: Strengthening social links and fighting social isolation and exclusion particularly in deprived neighbourhoods            
  • Enabling Social Mobility: Raising aspirations and increasing the skills and opportunities of those who face barriers to employment or those seeking career prospects
  • Improving Health & Wellbeing: Improving health (physical and mental), wellbeing and safety
  • Supporting Young People: Making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people (up to 25)

Grants may be used to fund existing services and facilities or new initiatives. There may also be the possibility for successful projects to receive support from Gatwick employees – either a general volunteering contribution or specific skills. The maximum grant available will be £10,000 for exceptional projects, although we anticipate many successful applications will be for less than this amount. 

You can apply via the general awards application form.

Tel:  01273 409440 


Sussex Community Foundation – Newhaven EZ Community Fund

The Newhaven EZ Community Fund  support charities and not-for-profit organisations which benefit the Newhaven area – in particular, those which help to encourage a sense of place and to build on the thriving community in the town.

Applications are encouraged from projects that foster innovation in community participation, address inequality, raise aspirations and develop opportunities for people in Newhaven to be more actively engaged.

The aims of the Fund are to: 

  • Increase community collaboration and participation
  • Create opportunities for training, education, employment and enterprise
  • Improve life skills, employability and develop aspirations
  • Improve quality of the local environment and shared public space
  • Enhance shared community assets and resources
  • Encourage the use of sustainable transport for the town
  • Promote and deliver initiatives for improved quality of life, including health and well-being

You can view the general eligibility criteria here.

Applications must benefit a specific community within the drawn area in the following map.

There will be an initial annual pot of £25,000 for grant-making but we expect this to grow over time, in conjunction with the growth of the business sector locally.

The fund will offer grants of up to £5,000 in its first year.

Applications can be made on the standard application form. The deadline for applications will be the January deadline each year.

Tel:  01273 409440 


Sussex Community Foundation – 2023 Rampion Community Benefit Fund

The 2023 Rampion Community Benefit Fund is now open for applications. You can register for an application form here. The deadline for this programme will be 5pm on Friday 21st April 2023.

The Rampion Community Benefit Fund supports organisations working for the benefit of the people of Sussex, with the area of benefit delineated below, from Littlehampton Harbour in the west, to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north close to the wind farm’s onshore substation.

The Fund is open to charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, operating within the Fund benefit area.

Grants of up to £10,000 for community projects in the Rampion area of benefit.

Grants of up to £20,000 for capital projects to improve community buildings in terms of energy use/energy generation/storage and energy efficiency. For more information on capital projects, please see page 2 of the criteria.

Please ensure you’ve read through the revised criteria for the 2023 programme before making an application. 

Tel:  01273 409440 


Synergi – Small Grants Fund for Racial Justice and Mental Health Projects

Synergi is an England-wide programme of work which focuses on the intersection of racial justice and mental health. As part of the programme, there will be a small grants fund delivered by National Survivor User Network (NSUN).

One-year grants of £2,000 to £3,000 will be on offer to organisations which are: 

  • Led by and for Black people and people of colour
  • Led by and for people who have shared experiences or identities with those they are creating spaces for
  • Benefitting people or communities who live with mental ill-health, trauma, and distress

The fund is intended to reach communities experiencing the most extreme forms of discrimination or injustice including the hostile environment, anti-transgender legislation and Prevent.

Types of work funding can cover include: 

  • Collective care. This includes providing food and essentials parcels, writing to incarcerated community members, creating opportunities for people to come together and support each other using shared experiences as in peer support groups, mutual aid, creative practices like dance or singing, or covering the costs of accessing therapy or other healing practices
  • Campaigning and change-making. This could include protest, work to create change on a local or national level, sharing information and skills such as community organising training, or creating resources for members of your community to better advocate for themselves

The fund will close on 29th January 2023.

Tel: 020 7820 8982                    


Theatres Trust - Small Grants Programme

Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability, accessibility or improving the diversity of audiences.

This new scheme will provide grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery and works which make theatre buildings digital-ready. Applications are also welcome for projects that help theatres reopen as Covid-secure.

This scheme will prioritise improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance.

The deadline for applications is 13th January 2023.


Thomas Wall Trust - Grants for Registered Charities

The Trust views communication skills as critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.

The funding is for registered charities that are working to develop communication skills for people from disadvantaged groups who want to improve their employment prospects.

As an inclusive charity, the Trust welcomes proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, such as women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.  The Trust will support annual repeat funding for up to three years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact.

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be a UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years
  • Have an annual turnover of between £10,000 and £500,000

The funding will support a project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the communication skills ready for employment.

Priority will be given to: 

  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future

Proposals are particularly welcome which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, such as women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

The deadline to apply is 23rd January 2023.

There is a two-stage application process: 

  • Stage one is to complete an online Expression of Interest form (available on the Trust's website) which requires some basic contact details and a description of what the funding is required for.
  • Stage two is by invitation only and involves completing a more in-depth application form and to submit a Project Plan, budget, latest set of financial accounts and any relevant policies.

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Toy Trust

The funding is intended for UK based children's charities who are working for the benefit of disadvantaged children under the age of 13 years and their families.

Grants for less than £5,000 are considered. However, the Trust may make larger and longer commitment for special projects.

Registered charities in support of disadvantaged children aged below 13 years and that are based in the UK or Ireland are eligible to apply. Applications will also be considered from organisations around the world that have a UK based office.

Funding is available to help disadvantaged children aged below 13 years and their families to: 

  • Alleviate suffering
  • Support children through awful experiences
  • Encourage achievement through adversity
  • Purchase vital equipment
  • Provide care
  • Bolster existing initiatives
  • Initiate brand new projects
  • Satisfy basic needs

Funding can be used for equipment and services.

Applications can be made at any time throughout the year and will be considered at the next Trustee meeting. The following deadlines apply: 

  • Mid-February for the March meeting
  • Mid-June for the July meeting
  • Mid-August for the September meeting
  • Mid-November for the December meeting

Tel: 020 7701 7271 


VocTech Activate

The VocTech Activate grant fund supports the development of new ideas that use digital tools and approaches to transform how people in the UK gain skills for work.

The scheme is a ‘test bed’ where the first spark of an idea which could solve a vocational learning problem can be scoped and tested in a supportive environment. Projects that are at a relatively early stage will be funded. The aim is to help prototype ideas and work out the next steps necessary on their route to long-term success.

There is an overall budget of £900,000 available. Individual grants of between £30,000 and £60,000 will be awarded for projects lasting up to 12 months.

The funding offered for any individual project depends on the problem being addressed, and the nature and scale of the proposed solution.

Applications are invited from UK-based early-stage businesses, smaller digital innovators and other organisations looking to test new digital approaches on a small scale.

Digital innovators currently working in other markets who can see opportunities to adapt their approach to vocational learning will also qualify. Edtech businesses looking to expand their products and series to delivery to the VocTech market, and those with expertise in their field, looking to scale-up using digital technologies will are being targeted.

Other organisations may apply, including charities, trade bodies, existing learning providers and employers who would like to test new approaches to using digital technology for vocational learning.

Applications can be strengthened by demonstrating a collaborative approach, especially where employers and digital learning specialists are working together.

The scheme will grant fund the design, development and early stage testing of novel approaches to digital vocational learning; helping to take those ideas through basic prototyping to the next stage of 'seeding the market' by delivering a first proof of concept prototype and planning a route to market. This could include: 

  • Design, development, and prototyping
  • Refining learning design
  • Small scale testing with users
  • Planning a route to market & strategies for scaling
  • Project Management
  • Evidencing impact and what works

The fund will open for stage 1 applications on 11th January 2023. The deadline to apply is 8th February 2023 (5pm).

The funder encourages all applicants to attend a grant workshop before applying to the fund. More details are available at the funder’s website.

Following feedback from Stage 1, successful applicants will be invited to proceed to Stage 2 in late February 2023. The deadline for submission of Stage 2 applications is 15th March 2023 (5pm).



Arts Council England - International Touring and Environmental Responsibility Fund

Travel and touring are essential to creativity and culture, but they come at a cost. As the urgency of the climate crisis increases, so does the need for the arts sector to fully understand its touring footprint, and to sustain a means of sharing art which supports this transition to a global low carbon future.

Working with Julie's Bicycle, this fund aims to support performing arts professionals in England and Denmark to address these challenges head on.

After participating in in a three-month interactive, online programme exploring key touring challenges, with provocations, frameworks, and practical approaches to reducing their carbon and environmental impacts, up to four projects will be awarded funding to develop concepts originating from the programme.

In 2023, up to four projects will be awarded up to £20,000 to seed fund concepts originating from the programme.

Applications will be accepted from artists and arts companies based in England to support collaborative work with arts professionals based in Denmark.

The funding is used to support the development of sustainable new approaches to international touring that evolve out of the programme's three-month thought and climate leadership course.

The deadline for applications is 20th January 2023 (12pm).

Tel: 0845 300 6200 


Funding Diary

January 2023

Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme – 13/01/2023

Southern Water - Community Energy Grant – 15/01/2023

Arts Council England - International Touring and Environmental Responsibility Fund – 20/01/2023

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund – 20/01/2023

Hospice UK - Rank Foundation Awards – 20/01/2023

Thomas Wall Trust - Grants for Registered Charities – 23/02/2023

Lewes Town Council – Community Grants – 27/01/2023

A B Charitable Trust – 29/01/2023

Synergi – 29/01/2023

Delamere Dairy Foundation – 31/01/2023

MSE Charity  - 31/01/2023 (or earlier if they have awarded all funding – check website)

National Garden Scheme – Community Gardens – 31/01/2023

7stars Foundation - 31/01/2023


February 2023

Linder Foundation Hospice Grants - End of Life Care in Prison – 01/02/2023

Ogden Trust’s School Partnerships Programme – 01/02/2023

Thomas Pocklington Trust – 05/02/2023

CLA Charitable Trust – 06/02/2023

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust – 08/02/2023

VocTech Activate – Stage 1 - 08/02/2023

Idlewild Trust – 14/02/2023

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Grassroots Movement Fund – 19/02/2023

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund – 20/02/2023

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £250,000 to £5million  - 23/02/2023

The Civic Power Fund  - Community Action Fund – 26/02/3023

Masonic Charitable Foundation Hospice Grants – Poverty and Deprivation - 28/02/2023

Hendy Foundation – 28/02/2023


March 2023

Lloyds Bank Foundation Specialist Funding Programme – 03/03/2023

Angling Trust Get Fishing Fund – 05/03/2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/03/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/03/2023

VocTech Activate – Stage 2 – 15/03/2023

Hilden Charitable Fund – 26/03/2023

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Dynamic Collections - 31/03/2023

Sport England – BME Youth Together Fund - 31/03/2023


April 2023

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/04/2023

2023 Rampion Community Benefit Fund – 21/04/2023

CLA Charitable Trust – 26/04/2023

A B Charitable Trust – 30/04/2023


May 2023

Sussex Community Foundation - Now! Sustainable Communities Fund - 05/05/2023

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 26/05/2023


June 2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/06/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/06/2023

Sport England Small Grants Programme – 30/06/2023


July 2023

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/07/2022

A B Charitable Trust – 30/07/2023


August 2023

CLA Charitable Trust – 31/08/2023


September 2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/09/2023

Idlewild Trust – 05/09/2023


October 2023

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/11/2023


December 2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/123/2023