Funding News - October 2023


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Success stories

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – Long Term Plans for Towns
Eastbourne Shopmobility – National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All
National Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF)
Natural England
Peacehaven Town Council – Football Foundation
Rother District Council – Community Grants

Information and Guidance

East Sussex in Figures Update – Local Data to Support Funding Applications
National Lottery Project Grants changes: You said, we did 8
National Lottery Community Fund - The Million Hours Fund


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Natural Flood Management Programme
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Children and Young People’s Resettlement Fund
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - Neighbourhood Planning Grant Funding – Locality
Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership
Peacehaven Town Council – Community Grants
Rother District Council – Grants
Wealden District Council - Community Spaces Grants Programme
Wealden District Council - Physical Activity Programme and Funding Support Tackling Health inequalities

Trusts and Foundations

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust
Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - New Veterans' Capital Housing Fund
Art Fund - Going Places
Bernard Sunley Foundation grants
British Science Week - Community Grants
British Science Week - Kick-Start Fund for Schools
Changing Chalk Community Grant Scheme
The Clothworkers’ Foundation - Open Grants Programme
Crowdfunder and Access - Cost of Living Resilience Fund
eBay - Circular Fashion Innovators Fund
Edge Fund
Electrical Safety First Fund
Footie for All Fund
Freelands Foundation
Greene King IPA – Proud to Pitch In
Historic England - Everyday Heritage Grants to Celebrate Working Class Histories
Hollyhock Charitable Foundation
Homity Trust
Hospice UK - Dying Matters Community Grants for Creative Arts and Culture Projects
Hubbub UK Ltd - Time after Time e-waste Fund
International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Grants
Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects
McCarthy Stone Foundation - Christmas Connections 2023
Motability Foundation
Parkinson’s UK - Physical Activity Grants
The Primary Club - James Fund
The Royal Countryside Fund - Supporting Rural Communities Programme
Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund (with Crowdfunding)
The Society Foundation
South Downs National Park Trust – Community Pitch
Tesco Stronger Starts Grants for Uckfield and Surrounding Areas
Toy Trust
The Tree Council - Branching Out Fund
UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund
Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund
The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places

Funding Diary

Success Stories

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – Long Term Plans for Towns

The government has unveiled 55 towns that will benefit from a £1.1 billion levelling up investment, as part of a long-term plan for towns that provide long-term investment in towns that have been overlooked and taken for granted. 

Under the new approach, local people, not Whitehall-based politicians, will be put in charge, and given the tools to change their town’s long-term future. They will:   

  • Receive a ten-year £20 million endowment-style fund to be spent on local people’s priorities, like regenerating local high streets and town centres or securing public safety 
  • Set up a Town Board to bring together community leaders, employers, local authorities, and the local MP, to deliver the Long-Term Plan for their town and put it to local people for consultation   
  • Use a suite of regeneration powers to unlock more private sector investment by auctioning empty high street shops, reforming licensing rules on shops and restaurants, and supporting more housing in town centres   

More than half the population live in towns, but half-empty high streets, run-down town centres and anti-social behaviour undermine towns in every part of the UK. Today’s announcement marks a change in approach that will put an end to people feeling like their town is ignored by Westminster and empower communities to take back control of their future, taking long term decisions in the interests of local people.   

The ‘Long-Term Plan for Towns’ is designed to complement the wider levelling up programme, working alongside funding for specific projects across the UK, our targeted support to the places most in need through Levelling Up Partnerships, and initiatives supporting economic growth in wider city regions like investment zones.  

The Long-Term Plan for Towns will require town boards to develop their own long-term plan for their town, with funding over 10 years and aligned to the issues that research shows people want the most, including:  

  • Improving transport and connections to make travel easier for residents and increase visitor numbers in centres to boost opportunities for small businesses and create jobs
  • Tackling crime and anti social behaviour to keep residents safe and encourage visitors through better security measures and hotspot policing    
  • Enhancing town centres to make high streets more attractive and accessible, including repurposing empty shops for new housing, creating more green spaces, cleaning up streets or running market days   

Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea are two of the 55 towns receiving the funding.

Eastbourne Shopmobility – National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All

Eastbourne Shopmobility has been awarded £9,159 by the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme.

The charity, based in Eastbourne’s Beacon Centre, provides manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters so everyone of all ages can enjoy independence outdoors. 

They will use the grants to enable people with a temporary or permanent disability to enjoy Eastbourne’s Town Centre shops, community facilities and the seafront.  

The charity’s service is also supported with £4,000 from the Chalk Cliff Trust and £500 from the Mrs A Lacey Tate Charitable Trust.

National Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF)

The funding from the national Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF) towards East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has been awarded following a successful joint bid with Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council.

The government said the LATF is an offer for local authorities to restore tree cover in non-woodland areas which may have been impacted by issues such as disease.

The grant (almost £300,000), from the third round of funding for this scheme, brings the total amount secured by ESCC from the government’s LATF over the last three years to nearly £900,000.

Urban trees have a huge range of benefits, both for wildlife and for people, and this funding will see over 120 street trees planted in the towns of Seaford, Lewes and Eastbourne.

The project will also include the planting of up to 20,000 trees on the downland fringes between Eastbourne and East Dean and the planting of a number of trees in Chailey parish. Many of the trees planted will be looked after by the volunteer groups Trees for Seaford and Friends of Lewes.

The project will be delivered over two years, starting this winter, and allows for three years of maintenance to ensure the successful establishment of the trees.

Natural England

A £14.5 million-sum will be shared among the schemes that are hoping to revive some of England's most rare and threatened species from butterflies, bird and bees to the large marsh grasshopper, white-clawed crayfish and water voles.

Wildlife projects were awarded in the region, including a grant to Groundwork South to increase the resilience of rare bee species in Hastings, to create specialised habitat appropriate to oak mining, tormentil mining, long horned brown-banded carder bees. They will achieve this by creating new areas and improving the diversity of wildflower meadows, improving woodland edge habitat, restoring and planting new hedgerows and making improvements to amenity grassland to increase their scope for foraging.

Peacehaven Town Council – Football Foundation

Peacehaven Town Council have been awarded £56,000 worth of funding over the next 6 years from the Football Foundation Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, providing six-year tapered grants to help eligible organisations enhance or sustain the quality of their grass pitches.

The football pitches were inspected, issues identified and solutions reported.  Funding was then calculated to achieve the expected results.

This will allow the grounds team to improve the fertiliser schedule, over-seed and decompact/aerate the pitches to help improve the grass coverage at no extra cost the residents of Peacehaven.

The pitches are mainly used by Peacehaven Youth FC, covering boys’ and girls’ football from ages 5 to 18.

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Rother District Council – Community Grants

Rother District Council has awarded over £19,500 to local community groups and organisations across the district in the first round of this year’s community grant funding. All the successful projects will enhance the lives of local residents.

A grant of £3,400 will contribute to the cost of new climbing play equipment and physical activity items for Battle Pre-school.

The equipment will be designed to be used both inside and out, and will promote muscle building, healthy exercise and balance skills in the children, as well as risk learning and confidence building. A Tool Station will help with fine motor skills and learning how to share.

Bexhill charity Community Supporters, which aims to promote conservation protection and improve the physical and natural environment for public benefit, has been awarded £10,000 from the scheme.

The grant will go towards funding phase 1 of the Bexhill Beach Garden Project to establish access to the beach at West Parade so people can view the Wave of Hope pebble mural created by Bexhill Creative following the pandemic, and the installation of the first of four planned lily pad seating platforms.

£2,384 has been awarded to Right Path Hiking and Camping Skills, a new community group based in Bexhill which provides opportunities for people who struggle with addiction and mental health to learn how to hike, orienteer and camp in a safe and fun environment.

The group supports its members to get practical skills as well as obtain industry recognised qualifications which can help them into paid employment.

The grant will help towards the costs of training and providing equipment for group members.

The council also agreed an award of £3,802 to Winchelsea Village Hall to reconstruct the interior of the female toilets and provide new facilities including thermal insulation, hygienic surfaces and repairs to the sash windows.

In addition, the Community Grants Scheme Panel has awarded a small value project grant of £312 to Family Support Work, as well as two grants from the Rother Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Grants Scheme to The Hunter Gatherers (£1,000) and the Bexhill Environmental Group (£364).

Information and Guidance

East Sussex in Figures Update – Local Data to Support Funding Applications

East Sussex in Figures (ESiF) provides the latest statistics on the social, economic and demographic character of East Sussex and its communities.

ESiF’s website is undergoing some exciting changes over the next few months. It will be replaced by a new site, which will still provide an up-to-date source for users to easily get to the data and analysis they need. 

The new site will: 

  • Be merged with the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) website, meaning there will be only one place to find all the data people need about East Sussex, including health data
  • Continue to include statistical indicators across topics including Population; Housing; Children’s Education and Social Care; Economy, Skills and Employment; Health & Social Care (Adults); Deprivation; Crime and Community Safety; Environment and Transport; and Society, Arts and Culture
  • Data will be available as reports or profiles for different areas, displaying key indicators as text, charts, maps, and tables

While the team gets the new site up and running, there may be some datasets which are published on the current ESiF site that are not available on the new site.  They will endeavour to help people access this data where possible, and welcome feedback from users about specific datasets which they might like to see included in future.

The ESiF team intend to develop resources similar to the current Evidence for Funding Profile.  They know how important it is for charities, community organisations and social enterprises to access the contextual data they require for preparing bids and applications for funding.

However, it may take some time to ensure that all the resources that you need are available once the new site is launched. Please get in touch if there is a specific dataset which you are looking for.


National Lottery Project Grants changes: You said, we did

National Lottery Project Grants (NLPG) is always open to individuals and organisations, supporting arts, museums and libraries projects. It is made possible thanks to funding from National Lottery players.  

The programme has been around for some time, and every few years they update it to make sure it’s the best it can be for applicants and for the communities the investment serves. They last relaunched NLPG in November 2021 to align with the strategy for 2020-2030, Let’s Create, and to make sure they’re investing in communities that have been underrepresented in terms of public funding from them. 

Since then, they’ve been listening to you about how they can make NLPG more accessible to everyone who wants to apply for the funding. They asked for feedback from a wide range of applicants and you told them that the application form could be clearer and easier to complete. They've been working on some improvements and testing them with the people who gave them feedback.  

From November 2023, if you make an application to National Lottery Project Grants, you’ll use an updated application form and there’ll be updated resources to support you in preparing your application.  

They’ll publish the updated Guidance for Applicants shortly so that you can get familiar with the changes before they introduce the updated application form. Between September and November, you’ll still be able to apply to the current version of NLPG.  

Here’s what you can expect from November…  

Different applications for different funding amounts  

From the autumn, the amount you’re applying for will determine which application form you complete. There’ll be a different application form for:  

  • £30,000 or under 
  • £30,001 to £100,000 
  • £100,001 or over 

You’ll only see questions that you’re required to answer and what we ask you will depend on the amount of money you’re requesting from them.   

More space to describe your project   

In the new application form, they’re giving you more space to describe your project in your own words. They want to hear what your project means to you and those who will be experiencing it.  

Less reading if you’re applying for less funding 

If you’re applying for £30,000 or less, you’ll no longer be required to read the strategy, Let’s Create, to make an application and you won’t be asked to write about how your project contributes to the outcomes of their strategy.  

They’re replacing questions that asked how your project responds to Let’s Create with more practical questions that use clearer language. They’ll use your answers to understand how your project will make a difference.  

Resources to help you apply 

They’re also developing new online resources to help you prepare to apply. They’re bite-sized and aimed at people who are new to applying for Arts Council funding. They cover helpful tips, starting points for project planning, and more. They'll continue to build up more resources over time.  

Website updates   

They’ll make some changes to the website to make sure finding relevant information and guidance is more straightforward.  

They’ll continue to listen to users and make sure the programme meets the need of all applicants and plan to implement further improvements over time.   

Strategic Strands   

They’re refocusing two strands within NLPG – Nationally Significant Projects and Touring Projects.  

At £100,001 and over, Nationally Significant Projects will become Major Projects. It will be refocused on supporting cultural projects of scale and ambition that will help them to deliver the Let’s Create Outcome, A Creative and Cultural Country. It will support projects that help build a cultural sector that is innovative, collaborative and international. 

They’ll stop accepting Expressions of Interest for Nationally Significant Projects on 30th October 2023, and will start accepting Expressions of Interest for Major Projects on 1st December 2023. 

Touring Projects (Regional, National and International) will be refocused on the Outcome, Cultural Communities, and international aspects of A Creative and Cultural Country. It will support projects that help to re-establish and evolve touring ecologies at all scales and disciplines so that organisations and individuals are better able to manage post pandemic and other ongoing economic challenges. 


National Lottery Community Fund - The Million Hours Fund

The funding is for projects that help create better outcomes for young people who may be at a higher risk of anti-social behaviour.

It will support extra hours of youth work that will help young people to have: 

  • Improved emotional wellbeing
  • Improved life and practical skills
  • Access to trusted relationships with adults and feel safer

By 'youth work' is meant an activity that improves young people's well-being through education or leisure, supported by a voluntary relationship with a trusted adult. This can include detached youth work.

These extra hours could be used for learning, arts, playing sports, or developing life skills.

The funding is intended for projects that: 

  • Benefit young people aged 11 to 18, or up to 25 for young people with SEND
  • Takes place in or benefits young people living in eligible areas
  • Effectively engage with young people at risk of anti-social behaviour
  • Deliver extra youth work hours (not existing provision)
  • Take place outside of school hours and are available on a regular basis
  • Deliver youth work that is open access
  • Demonstrate youth voice within the activities
  • Are run by trusted adults, such as qualified youth workers, youth support workers or experienced volunteers

There is a total funding pot of £11 million: 

  • £3 million for the first tranche of funding which has now been allocated
  • £8 million for the current Autumn 2023 round. Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 are available

Applications will be accepted from eligible organisation working in or working with young people from one of the eligible local areas, in East Sussex, these are: 

  • Castle (Hastings)
  • Central St Leonards
  • Devonshire
  • Hampden Park
  • Langney
  • Meads
  • Bexhill Central

To be eligible, organisations must be one of the following: 

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered, exempt or excepted charities
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
  • Not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee (must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit 'asset lock' clause in their articles of association)
  • Community interest companies (CIC)
  • Schools
  • Statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish or community councils)
  • Group of organisations, as long as they are all eligible organisations and are led by one eligible organisation who acts as the lead

To be eligible, applicants must have: 

  • At least two board or committee members who are not related
  • A UK bank account in the name of their organisation
  • Annual accounts (unless the organisation is less than 15 months old)

To be eligible for funding, projects must: 

  • Take place in, and/or benefit young people living in, one of the eligible wards in England – see above for East Sussex eligible areas. Eligible wards have been determined by allocating wards to each Police Force Area (PFA) based on youth population, and then selecting those with the highest reported number of antisocial behaviour incidents from within the PFA
  • Primarily benefit young people aged 11 to 18, and up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Effectively engage with young people at risk of antisocial behaviour

The funding can be used to support: 

  • Staff salaries for delivery of this project
  • Volunteer costs for delivery of this project
  • Training costs
  • Service delivery. For example, any direct costs associated with delivering the youth work provision such as materials, equipment, food
  • A share of the organisation’s overheads. For example, any fixed costs to support the day to day running of their organisation, such as overall management, administration and support staff costs, venue hire, rent and utilities

The deadline for applications is 24th November 2023 (12 noon).

Applications will be assessed as soon as they are received.

Tel: 0345 4 10 2030



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Natural Flood Management Programme

The funding is intended to support natural flood management (NFM) schemes that use techniques such as planting trees and creating wetlands to slow and store water to reduce the risk of flooding.

The programme additionally aims to: 

  • Accelerate new and existing opportunities for NFM delivery and financing
  • Further improve evidence of NFM by filling knowledge gaps
  • Provide wider benefits to the environment, nature and society

The Environment Agency expects this £25 million programme to fund around 100 projects of varying size and cost.

It is anticipated that standalone projects will be granted funding of approximately £200,000 and packages of projects will be granted funding of up to £2.5 million.

The programme encourages applications that propose a public-private funding mix.

This includes projects that: 

  • Help pilot business models for investment in NFM
  • Demonstrate how NFM can generate a sustainable revenue stream
  • Secure funding on a scale that is only made possible through a partnership approach

Applications will be accepted from lead applicants including companies, partnerships or any other legal entity.

Likely lead applicants include: 

  • Risk management authorities
  • Farmers, land managers and landowners
  • Third sector organisations including environmental Non-Governmental Organisations - for example, river trusts and wildlife trusts
  • Businesses
  • Community groups
  • Catchment partnerships

The lead applicant must be based in England, but any partners and benefits of the project can extend into Wales or Scotland.

Partnership applications, with a lead applicant (such as a third sector organisation or RMA) coordinating delivery on the ground across multiple sites and landowners, are encouraged.

Grants may be used to support projects and activities including NFM measures such as: 

  • Soil and land management
  • River and floodplain management
  • Woodland management
  • Run-off management
  • Coast and estuary management

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 10th November 2023.

Tel: 03708 506 506


Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund

DHSC’s Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund is now accepting applications from local community organisations across England.

The DHSC Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) fund will support provision of 2000 AED's. These will be distributed across England during 2023-2024, supporting any organisation that is not eligible for the current Department of Education AED programme.

The funding for the scheme is based on a first come first served basis. The funding will be allocated on the following basis: 

  • 100 applications will be selected by DHSC to receive a fully funded AED - selection is based on areas that are most in need of AED throughout England. Applicants will be advised in mid October and units shipped in mid November
  • 1,900 applications will receive partial DHSC funding for an AED - organisations will be required to provide their own match funding of c.£750

Local community organisations, such as sports clubs, local theatres, community halls, etc, can apply.  

The deadline for applications is 21st September 2024 (1159pm) or until all the funding has been allocated, whichever comes first.

Tel: 0300 302 1388


Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Children and Young People’s Resettlement Fund

The funding is for organisations to help and run local, regional or national projects that can be up and running as soon as possible once the funding has been awarded (from autumn/winter 2023).

The grants will support children and young people aged 21 years and younger who are on: 

  • The Homes for Ukraine scheme, Ukraine Family scheme and Ukraine Extension scheme
  • The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) scheme
  • The Afghan citizens resettlement scheme

The funding aims to support the Fund's objectives to: 

  • Address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of children and young people aged 21 and under who have arrived by one or more of the pathways. This includes mental health and trauma
  • Provide support to enable children and young people to recover from traumatic experiences, displacement and/or resettlement into a new country
  • Support children and young people to transition into England and their community, while retaining a connection to their culture
  • Deliver projects across local authority areas to maximise impact
  • Develop an evidence base on what works in supporting vulnerable young migrants and displaced people

A total of up to £2.5 million is being made available across 2023/2024 and 2024/2025. 

The funding is split into:

  • £800,000 in 2023 to 2024
  • £1.7 million in 2024 to 2025

Grants of between £100,000 to £300,000 are available.

It is anticipated that: 

  • 10 to 20 multi-year projects will be funded.
  • A minimum of £1.5 million will be awarded to regional and national projects though smaller local projects are also welcome to bid

Projects are expected to have 16 months of delivery time and must be completed by 31st March 2025.

Local authorities and VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations based in England can apply.

Applications must be based in England and be one of the following: 

  • An upper or lower tier local authority
  • A charity with a registered charity number
  • A registered community interest company
  • A social enterprise
  • A community group

Community groups must: 

  • Be established for charitable, benevolent, or philanthropic purposes
  • Have a governing body with at least three members
  • Have a governing document they can produce
  • Provide accounts for the last two financial years (if the application is successful)

Projects can focus on one or more of the named cohorts. The children and young people aged 21 and under who are the beneficiaries of the projects must have come to, or settled in England via either: 

  • The Homes for Ukraine scheme
  • Ukraine Family scheme
  • Ukraine Extension Scheme
  • Afghan Resettlement scheme (pathways 1, 2 and 3)
  • Hong Kong BN(O) visa scheme

There is particular interest in proposals which work across multiple local authority areas.

It is anticipated that allocated funding will be proportionate across all three cohorts.

Examples of proposals could include: 

  • Mental health support sessions
  • Access to counselling
  • Specific displacement-focused support
  • Trauma informed education, including SEND (special educational needs and disabilities)
  • School-based interventions
  • Peer group sessions for scheme beneficiaries and their sponsors or hosts (in the case of Ukrainian children)
  • A focus on young adults. For example, 17 to 21 year olds, on higher education, employment and accommodation to support the transition to adulthood
  • Opportunities to learn and improve English language skills both formally and informally
  • Supporting increased engagement in the community

The deadline for applications is 1st November 2023 (1159pm). The funding will be awarded ‘as soon as possible’ after applications have been assessed.

Tel: 030 3444 0000


Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - Neighbourhood Planning Grant Funding – Locality

Locality are pleased to announce that the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities have extended the full support programme for a sixth year into 2023/24.

The programme will continue to offer grants and Technical Support packages. Applications for both are now open.

The programme offers grants and Technical Support packages. If you're working on a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order, you can apply for grant funding of up to £10,000. Further grant funding up to an additional £8,000 is available to groups meeting certain criteria.

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Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership

Did you know there is funding available for local projects which have a positive impact on community safety in Eastbourne or Lewes district?

If you have an interesting or innovative idea about how crime, disorder or antisocial behaviour could be tackled in either area, you can apply for a grant. The application process is quick and officers are available to give advice on what would make a good bid.

Previously, grants have been used to fund things like online scam awareness campaigns, activities for young people, local clear-up campaigns and wellbeing services to help support victims of domestic abuse.

Funding can be used for activities that help address any of the Community Safety Priorities, which are: 

  • Promoting safe and welcoming spaces to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Tackling the incidence of hate crime, domestic and sexual abuse
  • Reducing the incidence of serious violence and knife crime
  • Addressing the impact of organised crime on local communities
  • Lowering levels of anti-social driving on the Borough's roads


Peacehaven Town Council – Community Grants

Peacehaven Town Council is committed to promote Peacehaven Town as a vibrant, active and sustainable community and to contribute to the development of various projects and services that benefit the community.

There are two types of grants available:   

  1. Small Grants for grants up to £750 in any one financial year
  2. Grants to cover room hire / outdoor hire of Peacehaven Town Council premises

Grants will only be awarded to organisations that directly benefit the Residents of Peacehaven.  The following organisations may apply to the Town Council for a Grant: 

  • Registered Charitable organisations based in Peacehaven
  • Regional / National Registered Charitable Organisations but only local branches
  • Not for profit Organisations; Community interest organisations and community interest companies
  • Voluntary / Community groups

Grants are considered by the Grants Sub-Committee which is held twice a year in April and November.  The next deadline is Tuesday 31st October 2023.

Grant applications can be submitted electronically to the Town Clerk or by hard copy to the council offices at Community House, Meridian Centre, Meridian Way, Peacehaven, East Sussex, BN10 8BB.

Rother District Council – Grants

Community groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding from the second round of this year’s scheme.

Applications for the medium awards (up to £5,000) and large grants (up to £30,000) must be received by 30th November 2023. Applications will then be considered by the Grants Panel before recommendations are made to Cabinet in March 2024.

Small project grants of up to £1,000 can be applied for, and are awarded, all year round.

Grants of up to £1,000 are also available on a first come, first served basis from the new Rother Reduce, Reuse and Recycling Grants, which offers funding to community groups and charities who are committed to helping the Rother District to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

For support with your application please contact Rother Voluntary Action (RVA)

Wealden District Council - Community Spaces Grants Programme

Wealden District Council is inviting organisations such as Not for Profit organisations and town and parish councils to apply for grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects that will help benefit the residents of the Wealden district and improve/enhance community green spaces. A total funding pot of £34,530 is available.

The new funding programme has been made available through the Government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund. The England-wide initiative is a new £110million, two-year capital fund from the Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs, complementary to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund – run by the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities. It will enable the council to support projects in rural areas of the district.

The programme is a capital only fund, which means applicants must spend the grants on assets such as infrastructure/ equipment or improving spaces or incorporating features into wider public spaces where the benefits last more than 12 months.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27th October. It is hoped that a further round of funding will be made available in 2024 to the amount of £103,590 and this will focus on the delivery of supporting community infrastructure, resilience, and the environment.


Wealden District Council - Physical Activity Programme and Funding Support Tackling Health inequalities

Schemes to increase physical activity and tackle health inequalities throughout the Wealden district are to be launched.

Wealden District Council, in partnership with town and parish councils and through funding provided by East Sussex Public Health, will be launching the projects.

Activity includes the delivery, by industry leaders Our Parks, of weekly, free-of-charge outdoor physical activity sessions across the district. New exercise sessions, tailored for all abilities, will be available and delivered by qualified instructors in parks in Heathfield, Polegate and Crowborough. 

Funding will also be used to help continue developing the existing Our Parks sessions in Uckfield. Activity will begin in early October and an online exercise Couch to Fitness programme will also be available to all residents.

A further phase of funding will also be launched to provide financial assistance to support a range of local physical activity providers. 

£30,000 of funding will be available to enable groups to develop a placed-based approach to support physical activity programmes that look to reduce physical activity inequalities and improve health outcomes.

The funding programme will be available to local organisations which can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects that support and enable Wealden residents to become more active.

Applications for funding are invited from voluntary and community organisations. Application forms can be requested by emailing  The closing date for applications is 30th October 2023.

Wealden council, working with town and parish councils and Our Parks, will see new free-of-charge physical activity sessions being delivered in parks in Crowborough, Polegate and Heathfield. The programme will be delivered for a maximum of 50 weeks, deliver two sessions a week in each location and will be available for anyone to attend. The funding will also be used to support and expand the existing sessions delivered in Uckfield.

Trusts and Foundations

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

The funding is intended for UK based charities working to help those who are vulnerable in society.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

UK registered charities, based in the UK, can apply.

Applicants must: 

  • Have an annual income of less than £500,000
  • Have been registered as a UK charity for at least three years
  • Not have received a grant from the Trust in the last five years

The funding is for projects that support socially disadvantaged and disabled people of all ages.

Applications can be made at any time and are considered twice a year in Spring and Autumn.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - New Veterans' Capital Housing Fund

The Veterans Capital Housing Fund is provided by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs and delivered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.  

This Fund supports projects that contribute to the wider aim of ending veterans’ homelessness by providing affordable and viable homes for veterans.

This Fund has been divided into two grants programmes: 

  • Refurbishment Grants of up to £75,000 (though most will be under £40,000) for projects that will refurbish or extend existing accommodation for veterans. This could be transitional or permanent housing. Permanent housing can only include properties that are available to veterans under a social rent, or are part of a wider facility that provides a rented home to a veteran with the tailored support that meets their needs (this can include care homes)
  • Development Grants of up to £25,000 for projects lasting up to one year. The funding is to help with the costs of getting the building idea to the stage where on site works could start

For both grants, priority will be given to projects for: 

  • Single Veterans
  • Veterans and their families, including veterans who have shared custody arrangements for their children
  • Veterans with disabilities
  • Homeless Veterans
  • Female Veterans
  • LGBT Veterans
  • Veterans leaving prison

Applications will be accepted from: 

  • Registered charities that can show experience of supporting veterans. The charity must have been registered with the relevant regulator for at least three years at the time of application and be able to provide published accounts for all three years
  • Registered social housing providers that can show they support veterans

More grant programmes are expected to open under this Fund later in 2023 for larger new build or major refurbishment capital projects.

There will be two funding rounds for Refurbishment and Development grants in the 2023/24 financial year.   These are: 

  • 23rd October 2023 (for a decision by 31st December 2023)
  • 8th January 2024 (for a decision by 31st March 2024)


Art Fund - Going Places

Art Fund are currently seeking applications from individual museums or networks (which include two or more museums) to participate in the development phase, ahead of Art Fund making an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the delivery phase in late 2024.

Museums will have access to funding to support their participation in the development phase – whilst there are no fixed grants in the development phase, there is a flexible budget managed centrally that will cover all the direct costs for museums of participating (travel, community engagement etc), and to cover any extra capacity needs that might be required.

Networks must include two or more partners, and individual partner applicants must be: 

  • A small to mid-sized museum based in the United Kingdom, where museums means any institution where works of art or objects of interest to science or history (either from their own collection, or on loan) are accessible to the public for instruction or enjoyment
  • Open for at least half of the week for at least six months of the year
  • Committed to engaging underrepresented audiences, and to collaborating with local communities to inform future displays and outreach activities

Partners do not need to have a collection, and display spaces do not need to have GIS approval but must be suitable for the display of touring or loaned objects.

Applications must be submitted via the online portal by the deadline of 24th November.

Tel: 020 7225 4800


Bernard Sunley Foundation grants

The Foundation offers grants in the categories of Community, Education, Health or Social Welfare.

They offer three levels of grants. These are large grants of £20,000 and above; medium grants of up to £20,000 and small grants of £5,000 and under. Grants can be used for: 

  • Capital projects which include new buildings, extensions, refurbishments and recreational spaces
  • New minibuses and other vehicles that provide a vital service to those most in need in their local community
  • Churches and other places of worship with a strong, secular community focus
  • Charities or CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations)
  • Certain organisations with exempt status such as specialist schools, scout and guide groups, housing associations, cooperatives, and community benefit societies

Applications are accepted all year round.

Tel:  020 3036 0090


British Science Week - Community Grants

British Science Week (BSW) is an annual programme of science, technology, engineering, and maths events and activities that takes place across the UK in March each year.

BSW Community Grants are coordinated by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  The Fund welcomes applications from community-based groups and organisations that work directly with audiences who are traditionally underrepresented and currently not engaged in science activity, including: 

  • People from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • People living in communities which face deprivation, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • People with a disability or long-term health condition
  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • Girls and women, with priority given to community groups who work with at least one other underrepresented group

Activity providers, libraries, museums and other institutions who are looking for funding to run an event with a group that meets one of the target audiences are encouraged to partner with a community group.

Two levels of grants are available: 

  • £500 grants to run one or more events during British Science Week
  • £1,000 grants to run one or more events during British Science Week, as well as either preparatory or follow-up activities that will lead to continued engagement beyond British Science Week

Examples of eligible events and activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Sports science sessions with football and rugby clubs
  • Community-created science exhibitions in places of worship, community gardens, libraries and pubs
  • Community-led research projects and experiments with youth clubs and groups with special educational needs
  • Scientifically informed theatre productions and art activities
  • Activity packs and pre-recorded videos
  • Digital and hybrid physical/digital activities can be supported

Grants can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project-specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport or other costs of running the event or activity.

The deadline for applications is 6th November 2023 (1159pm)

Tel: 0870 770 7101


British Science Week - Kick-Start Fund for Schools

Applications are now open for the BSW Kick-Start Fund for Schools which aims to widen access to events and activities and help the learning and development of children through science and engineering-based activities.

The funding is for activities and events taking place between 8 and 17 March 2024. 

The following grants are available: 

  • Kick Start Grant - A grant of £300 for a school to run an activity during British Science Week
  • Kick Start Youth Grant - A grant of £150 for students aged 10-19 at a school to organise and deliver an activity during British Science Week
  • Kick Start More Grant - A grant of £700 for a school to host a science event or activity that involves their students and the local community. The community can include families/carers, members of local community groups, local businesses and the local press
  • Combined Kick Start Grant and Youth Grant - A grant of £450 for a school to run an activity during British Science Week and an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Schools can now apply for both a Kick Start Grant and a Kick Start Youth Grant at the same time.

Applications are encouraged for activities or events which align with BSW priorities, including those that: 

  • Involve children supported by pupil premium, from ethnic minority groups, with special educational needs or from any other underrepresented audiences
  • Involve children who would not normally choose to participate in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities.
  • Are embedded in their local community and involve the wider community as a core audience
  • Challenge stereotypes about science and link it to the children’s everyday life beyond school
  • Are cross-curricular and involve teachers, professionals or organisations from outside STEM
  • Raise awareness of the diverse range of careers that studying STEM subjects can lead to
  • Have an impact on STEM activities throughout the year, such as staff CPD or launching a new STEM initiative in their school
  • Encourage children to take initiative and lead the activities

There are no restrictions on the activities or events that can be run using the funding and the grants can be used to cover costs such as CREST Award entry fees, consumables, small equipment, field trips, speakers, presenters, and outreach shows.

State-funded, non-selective schools or colleges can apply. To be eligible, schools must meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  • Over 30% of pupils eligible for pupil premium or equivalent
  • Over 30% of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds
  • Be a small school based in a remote and rural location

The deadline for applications is 6th November 2023 (1159pm).

Tel: 0870 770 7101



The funding aims to support the sustainability of local sports clubs, thereby ensuring more people have access to local sports.

This year's focus is on community sports clubs and organisations who are in need due to the impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis and may be threatened with closure.

There is a funding pot of £200,000 for 2023.

Unrestricted grants of £2,000 are available.

Applications will be accepted from clubs and organisations that are either registered charities or clubs with a structured governance and constitution.

Clubs that are targeting communities from deprived areas are encouraged to apply.

While the funding is unrestricted there is particular interest in hearing from clubs that are using sport for other social purposes such as developing skills, reducing crime or addressing anti-social behaviour.

The guidelines and information on the application process will be available on the Cash4Clubs website once it opens for applications on 18th October 2023.


Changing Chalk Community Grant Scheme

The Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme supports grassroots community-led initiatives that will help to restore lost habitats, bring local histories to life, and provide new experiences in the outdoors. The scheme, run by the National Trust and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to award a total of £150,000 to local initiatives during the lifetime of the Changing Chalk project.

The application window for grants for projects and activities within the Changing Chalk project area is currently open. Sussex groups from Shoreham, Hove, Brighton and Lewes to Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne have until 5 November 2023 to apply for grants to fund projects that will make a real difference to their local communities.

There are grants of up to £5,000 available for community projects and up to £10,000 available for habitat-related projects focusing on restoring the fragile chalk grassland of the South Downs. The fund is particularly looking for projects which help people to access, enjoy, learn about and look after the nature and cultural heritage of the eastern South Downs.

The following groups are eligible to apply: 

  • Local community or voluntary groups and organisations
  • Registered charities and other non-profit making organisations eg. social enterprises/CIC
  • Schools, town councils and parish councils - if the project demonstrates wider community involvement and benefit
  • Private individual landowners - for eligible habitat projects only

Further information on what can and can’t be applied for, eligibility and assessment criteria can be found in the How to Apply section.

The deadline for applications is 5th  November 2023. Applicants will be informed of the outcome in January 2024. Additional funding rounds are planned for 2024 and 2025. 


The Clothworkers’ Foundation - Open Grants Programme

The Foundation award grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects, which they define as: 

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment
  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, software and websites (more guidance on digital infrastructure can be found here), garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. It does not include equipment for one-off use, or which will be given to service users for personal use on a permanent basis
  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4. We are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle and do not provide grants towards vehicle leasing

They fund both large and small projects.

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Crowdfunder and Access - Cost of Living Resilience Fund

The £500,000 Cost of Living Resilience Fund is provided by Access - the Foundation for Social Investment using funds from the Dormant Assets Scheme and run by Crowdfunder.

This match-funding initiative will provide grants of up to £50,000 conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform.

The fund aims to increase sustainability in social sector organisations by supporting them to deliver projects which build organisational stability and resilience to deliver.

Examples of the kind of project which would be match funded include: 

  • Refurbishment of premises to better serve the community and increase delivery capacity
  • Development of a new service or product to bring in additional revenue
  • Investment in current activity to allow growth or expansion of services

Applications will be accepted from: 

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Community Benefit Society
  • Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Company Limited by Shares (need to have an asset lock)
  • Community Interest Company
  • Co-operative Society

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Bring in over 33% of its income through trading activities
  • Be based in and support communities in areas of deprivation in England, as measured using the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
  • Provide services supporting people with the cost of living

The types of services being delivered may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Provision of advice, in particular debt and financial advice
  • Provision of warm spaces over winter, linked to the provision of wider advice & support services
  • Provision of no or low cost food, through food banks or food delivery boxes
  • Support with housing needs whether that be through advice to those made homeless, provision of low/no cost home furnishings or provision of housing itself
  • Access to transport to enable people to access shops or facilities and employment

The fund will close when all the funding is allocated.


eBay - Circular Fashion Innovators Fund

eBay UK has announced a partnership with the British Fashion Council to launch the Circular Fashion Innovators Fund, supporting small businesses specialising in circular fashion solutions.

The Fund hopes to bring new technology and services to the market that can help people think and shop differently, with a particular focus on areas such as customer experience, circular inventory and services, and social commerce.

Successful applicants will receive: 

  • Up to £25,000 in funding to grow their business
  • Bespoke mentoring programme with internal and external industry leads
  • Networking opportunities

Applicants should have an established business that has been trading for a minimum of six months and a maximum of six years. The applicant’s company should be registered with Companies House (not sole trader) and can be a charity, social enterprise or registered company.

The Fund is open to both eBay and non eBay sellers.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the eBay team. The next process will be to pitch their proposals to a panel committee consisting of industry experts and eBay leadership.

The closing date for applications is 20th October 2023.

Edge Fund

The Edge Fund supports efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power. It also gives people a say in where the money goes and is an alternative fund for those who struggle to get funding elsewhere.

In recognition of the cost of living crisis, Edge Fund supports mutual aid groups i.e. those focusing on covering immediate needs whilst recognising and organising against the systems that cause these inequalities in the first place.

This is a very small fund. Forty grants for £1,000 are available.

Communities and campaign groups based in the UK and Republic of Ireland that are working for social, economic and environmental justice are eligible to apply. Social enterprises, registered charities and CICs are not usually funded but applicants should contact the Edge Fund for further information.

Groups do not have to be formally constituted to be eligible to apply and are encouraged to have a bank account. To be eligible for support, applicants should be: 

  • A not-for-profit organisation
  • Addressing issues facing a particular community (e.g. racism) to be led by that community (e.g. people of African and Asian heritage)
  • Small groups with a small annual income that struggle to get funding elsewhere. To date, funding has not been awarded to any group with an annual income of more than £20,000

The Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. Work should challenge abuses of power and aim to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be the economic system, political system, or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).

The closing date for applications is 1159pm on 31st October 2023.

There are two drop-in/Q&A sessions available via Zoom: 

  • 13th October, 430pm to 530pm
  • 27th October, 430pm to 530pm

Tel: 07719 755410


Electrical Safety First Fund

Electrical Safety First is offering grants to organisations across the UK to help those most at vulnerable to electrical risk and injury. The following types of organisations are eligible to apply: 

  • Fire and rescue services
  • Trading standards authorities
  • Community safety organisations
  • Schools and other educational institutions
  • Other not-for-profit organisations

A total of £250,000 is available for projects and activities that are aimed at addressing the problems of misuse and/or lack of maintenance of electrical products, such as: 

  • Product testing and product replacement events (eg amnesty events to replace unsafe electric blankets, portable heaters etc)
  • Educational and raising awareness activities
  • Home safety activities/visits
  • Data collection projects that would support the fund's national aims to prevent electrical-related injuries, such as collecting data relating to injuries caused by electrical products, issues with products purchased from online marketplaces, or anything else that meets the funding criteria

The Fund awards up to £5,000.  However, grants of up to £10,000 may be considered for joint applications or larger projects.

The deadline for applications is 22nd October 2023.


Footie for All Fund

Tesco and the newspaper, The Sun, have joined together to provide a total of £150,000 to encourage more children and young people to take up football or improve access to the game.

The grants are part of The Sun’s Footie for All campaign to highlight how financial struggles are forcing young people to give up football.

The Footie for All Fund is designed to provide support to grassroots football organisations working with children under the age of 18 to enable them to continue to deliver activities that allow local young people to take part.

Constituted grassroots football clubs across the UK can apply for grants of up to £1,000 which will support 100% of project costs.

The funding can be used to assist clubs in improving facilities, purchasing equipment and new kits, and meeting any other needs that can enhance the experience of children and young people, enabling them to access and participate in football within the local community.

Groups must be constituted and have a governing document and safeguarding policy in place.

Only one application per organisation will be accepted.

Please note, applications will not be accepted from schools, projects that work with people over 18 years of age, school breakfast clubs.

Applications are being considered on a rolling basis.

The deadline for applications is 29th October 2023 (1159pm).

Tel: 0121 237 5780


Freelands Foundation

The Foundation’s grants programme supports UK registered charities who have a core remit of visual arts or art education. There are usually two open calls each year with a thematic funding focus within visual arts education.

The funding for the Autumn 2023 round is for bold and innovative projects that build collaborative relationships between schools and visual art organisations.

The Autumn 2023 funding round provides larger grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 per year for up to three years. The minimum grant is £50,000 for one year and the maximum grant is £450,000 over three years.

This funding will be available to visual arts organisations for ambitious projects working with schools and teachers with an emphasis on supporting and empowering teachers.

Applications will be accepted from organisations that meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Visual Arts
    • Organisations including museums, non-commercial galleries, education organisations, studio providers, etc. working in the visual arts with proven track record of learning and education work, and established partnerships or networks of schools and teachers
  • Charitable Status
    • Organisations registered with The Charity Commission
    • Exempt charities
    • Galleries, museums, or organisations part of a Local Authority
    • Galleries, museums, or organisations part of a larger charitable organisation, such as a university
    • Community Interest Companies
  • Location
    • Organisations must be based in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
    • The activity must benefit UK based schools, teachers and students
  • School partner(s)
    • Grants are made to eligible art organisations and not to schools directly. However, in order to be eligible to apply, a school(s) partnership will have to be in place and confirmed by the applicant organisation, and evidence provided that the project will be managed jointly by the organisation and the partnering school(s) and teachers
    • Schools cover: any state or academy educational institution for children 4–18 years including schools for children with special educational needs

The funding is for projects that sit within a broad definition of visual arts.

Organisations that include visual arts as part of their work, including heritage organisations and multi-arts organisations, may be considered.

The funding is for not-for-profit projects that centre teachers in creative approaches to art education that inspire and engage young people within the UK.

There is particular interest in applications for tried and tested, existing projects, where the funding is allocated to enhance and/or scale the programmes and their impact.

Applications are made in a two-stage process.  The Autumn 2023 Fund is accepting Expressions of Interest until 20th November 2023 (12 noon). Invitation to submit a full application expected for the week commencing 22 January 2024.

The Foundation's grants team are hosting two online information sessions for the Autumn 2023 round.  A recording of 6th September session is now available.

Register to find out more about the opportunity.

Tel: 020 3598 7081


Greene King IPA – Proud to Pitch In

This fund aims to support and promote grassroots sport within local communities by supporting people and projects that run sports activities that positively impact the local community and would tangibly benefit from funding in the short-term.

Individuals may nominate a sports club or organisation to receive a cash grant to continue delivering sports activities.

A total fund of £60,000 is available.  Grants of up to £4,000 are available. 

The following types of organisations can be nominated: 

  • Community groups and other informal groups
  • Registered charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Community amateur sports clubs (CASCs)
  • Community interest companies (CICs)
  • Co-operative societies

Other organisations may be considered if they can demonstrate that any funding awarded will be used exclusively for charitable purposes for the public benefit.

Priority will be given to organisations that can demonstrate how their sports club or project benefits members of the local community.  

Funding is intended for sports activities that have a positive impact on the club and/or the surrounding community.

Funding can be used to cover costs associated with delivering activities in local communities, such as equipment, tools, and other materials.

Examples of projects that have previously received funding include: 

  • Renovations of a club’s facilities making them more inclusive and accessible
  • Coaching qualifications and referee courses
  • Coaching costs of running existing programmes or new sessions
  • New equipment and kit

The project beneficiaries must be aged 18 and over.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2023.

Tel: 01284 763222

Historic England - Everyday Heritage Grants to Celebrate Working Class Histories

Historic England has launched a second round of its Everyday Heritage Grants and is offering grants for creative projects that focus on heritage connecting people to historic places, specifically those people and places that are overlooked or underrepresented.

The aim is to further the collective understanding of the past. There is particular interest in supporting community-led projects from groups and individuals that are not heritage organisations but can deliver heritage projects.

Grants support project costs up to £25,000.  Please note, there is particular interest in funding smaller projects up to £10,000.

Funding is for project delivery from December 2023 to May 2025.The funding is for projects with a strong connection to place and to recognise and celebrate heritage relating to: 

  • A building or series of buildings
  • A site like a park, farm, street, neighbourhood or estate
  • The former site of any of the above

Projects need to: 

  • Have co-creation at their centre
  • Allow people to share overlooked or untold stories of the places they live, work and play in creative ways
  • Encourage communities and local people to learn more about their local historic places and tell their own stories about them in their own ways
  • Contribute positively to participants’ wellbeing and/or health
  • Help Historic England to broaden the public’s understanding and knowledge of different types of heritage, and to promote enjoyment of local heritage

Although grants will support projects with costs of up to £25,000, there is particular interest in funding a number of smaller projects up to £10,000.

All organisations and individuals are eligible to apply. This includes community interest groups, charities and local authorities. 

There is particular interest in: 

  • Applications from groups and individuals that are not heritage organisations but can deliver heritage projects, especially those that are community led
  • Projects that represent diverse and minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ people and disabled and neurodiverse people

Projects should reveal overlooked working class heritage stories of that building, historic site or place.

As a result of this work: 

  • Heritage and stories that have been overlooked will be recognised and revealed
  • Buildings, historic sites, places or local areas will be the inspiration for exploring people’s stories
  • People will have the opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own way
  • Local people will have the opportunity to connect with people in their community
  • Local people will have been involved throughout the process
  • People will have a greater understanding and enjoyment of the diversity of heritage around them

Please note, capital works such as construction, modifications or renovations to the structure of a building or place are not eligible

Applications will also be considered from previous Everyday Heritage Grants recipients and those who were unsuccessful in the first round.

The deadline for proposals is 7th November 2023 (1159pm).

Tel: 020 7973 3700


Homity Trust

The Homity Trust, based in Brighton, is seeking grant applications from Sussex based community groups.

The fund provides smaller grants of up to £1,000 to registered charitable organisations helping end users in financial difficulties.

The Trust is particularly open this round to organisations helping with the increasing cost of living crisis. Application details and prior contact information are all on the website.

The next deadline is 21st November 2023.

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Hospice UK - Dying Matters Community Grants for Creative Arts and Culture Projects

Hospice UK’s Dying Matters Community Grants Programme, supported by Dignity Funerals, offers grants to UK hospices for innovative and creative arts and culture projects, events and activities that focus on opening up conversations about dying, death and grieving with communities who are traditionally less likely to be reached by hospice care and the Dying Matters campaign.

This year’s funding aims to support hospices to build new partnerships, particularly with arts and cultural organisations to reach new and diverse audiences.

There is a total budget of £40,000 with project grants of between £5,000 and £8,000.

Applications should be made by hospices in partnership with local groups/community organisations who can help the hospice to reach one of the following groups who the hospice has traditionally struggled to support: 

  • Ethnic minorities
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Imprisoned people
  • LGBTQ+ people
  • People living in remote and rural areas
  • People living in poverty, deprivation and with lower socioeconomic status
  • People living with learning disabilities

Proposed projects should approach the subject of death in an innovate and culturally relevant way through arts and culture.

The grants can help cover project costs, including, for example: 

  • Artist fees
  • Exhibition / Installation costs
  • Materials
  • Facilitator costs
  • Translation & Marketing
  • Refreshments
  • Craft materials
  • Sound and Light
  • Venue Hire

The lead applicant must be a hospice based in the UK and a member of Hospice UK. This includes adult hospices and children’s hospices.

The deadline for applications is 24th November 2023 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7520 8221


Hubbub UK Ltd - Time after Time e-waste Fund

The funding is intended to support projects that aim to prevent e-waste by extending the life of small electrical items; that increase the recycling of e-waste; or that increase understanding of e-waste and reach new audiences.

A total of £500,000 is available for projects with grants ranging in size from £25,000 to £100,000.  The expectation is that between six and eight projects will be supported, with varying grant sizes.

Applications will be accepted from the following types of UK organisations: 

  • Charity
  • Academic body
  • Community Interest Company
  • Social enterprise
  • Registered company
  • Local authority

Collaboration is encouraged, and partnership applications are welcomed. The lead applicant for such applications must be a registered body in the UK.

The fund will focus on digital inclusion projects utilising smartphones, tablets and laptops.

The funding may be used for projects costs only - not organisational core costs.

The deadline for the next expression of interest is 20th October 2023.


International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Grants

The UK Community Tree Planting Programme aims to support community projects that will: 

  • Conserve, restore and protect indigenous trees and woodlands, forests, habitats and associated biodiversity
  • Support community engagement in tree planting to promote reforestation and to increase awareness of the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being
  • Encourage social cohesion and inclusion

To be eligible, your organisation must be community-based e.g. a school, community group or non-governmental organisation.

There are two tiers of funding available: 

  • Small scale: A maximum of £1,000 is available for projects of up to 1 year in duration. This could be small community woodland, orchards, hedging projects, etc
  • Larger scale: Projects to range from 1000 – 10,000 trees, with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50/tree (inclusive of tree protection). Most suitable for community woodland or hedging projects

Applications can be submitted until 15th December 2023.

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Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects

Funding is intended to support charities in the UK with projects to encourage young people, in particular those between 12 and 18 from disadvantaged backgrounds, to study science subjects and go on to further education or training in STEM related subjects, in particular the area of Material Science. The Foundation considers Materials Science to be science applied to understanding the production, properties and engineering applications of materials. This may be considered from the perspective of physics, chemistry, mathematics or vocational studies.

Most grants are below £10,000.

The foundation wishes to support projects and initiatives that engage young people with material science. The foundation prefers to support smaller projects where it is the sole funder or its contribution makes a real difference.

Items of equipment will only be funded as part of specific programmes of activity.

The deadlines for receipt of applications are 1st December, 1st April and 1st August.

Tel: 020 7776 2311


McCarthy Stone Foundation - Christmas Connections 2023

The Christmas Connections 2023 programme supports organisations in Great Britain who provide projects to connect older people over the festive period.

Activities must take place between 1st December 2023 and 2nd January 2024.

Grants up to £1,000 are available.

Registered charities, community groups and CICs based in Great Britain may apply. Groups must be independent and have a bank account in the organisation's name.

Only organisations with an annual income less than £250,000 may apply.

Applications should demonstrate how the initiative aligns with the McCarthy Stone Foundation priorities. Also, the proposal should show how funding will potentially benefit those over 65 years old in the community plus indicate the potential number of beneficiaries.

Project and core costs are supported by the grant.

Applicants should check the website to confirm if the programme is still open as no deadline is stated.

Tel: 01202 292480

Motability Foundation

In 2022, Motability Foundation launched new grant programmes to provide even more support to disabled people through other charities and organisations who provide transport, help to access it, or research how to make transport accessible.

The programmes are based on research and insight which shows where our grant-funding can have the biggest impact for disabled people.

They help to address the challenges that disabled people face accessing transport right now, while we continue our own research and innovation work into longer-term solutions to make all transport accessible.

They are using £50 million of the donation we received in 2021 to expand our support for charities and other organisations for the next three financial years ending March 2025.

They have six grant programmes available for charities and organisations to apply for: 

Charities and organisations can apply for grants from £50,000 up to £4 million.

Each application will be assessed consistently against the criteria to ensure fair and transparent awarding of funding and to deliver the greatest impact to as many disabled people as possible.

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Parkinson’s UK - Physical Activity Grants

This grants programme aims to help people with Parkinson's to get and stay active.

In 2023 they are able to provide grants of up to £3,000 to support physical activity projects for people with Parkinson's all over the UK.

The application window for 2023 is now open and will remain open until 30th November 2023.

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The Primary Club - James Fund

The funding is intended to support grass roots and start up sporting and/or recreational projects for the blind and visually impaired in the UK.

There is a total of £75,000 for this initiative.

The maximum amount available for any individual applicant or project is £25,000.

Clubs and organisations in the UK can apply.

Funding can support a wide variety of projects relating to the sporting and/or recreational needs of the blind and partially sighted. The Trustees are keen to support innovative and/or collaborative projects, ie enabling support to be provided in new ways, or to a wider community, or organisations working together to deliver support which they could not achieve alone.

Running costs and purchasing equipment can be funded.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 31st October 2023.

Tel: 01799 586507


The Royal Countryside Fund - Supporting Rural Communities Programme

The funding is intended to support innovative projects that will create a long-term difference in remote rural areas of the UK.

The RCF seeks to achieve the following outcomes through the programme: 

  • Reinvigorating or developing community networks
  • Improving the health and well-being of socially isolated people
  • Creating a legacy of support and promoting community spirit and cohesion
  • Communities supporting one another through volunteering opportunities
  • Promoting a greener economy by encouraging people to travel less and utilise locally grown and crafted products
  • Rural communities are more resilient
  • Successful community-led solutions

Grants of up to £25,000 over two years are available.

Applications will be accepted from properly constituted, not-for-profit and community-led organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year, operating in remote rural areas, who can demonstrate how beneficiaries will be drawn from the local rural community.

Applications from groups and organisations with projects in hamlets, villages and small market towns are particularly welcome.

Funding is for community-led projects that are pursuing innovative and strategic solutions to the challenges facing their rural area and which will improve the viability and resilience of their community.

Successful projects will achieve one or more of the following programme aims: 

  • Support people to resolve existing and emerging community issues, circumstances, and priorities in their locality
  • Build rural community resilience
  • Develop innovative and replicable projects
  • Enable leadership and community planning
  • Improve the economic or social resilience of a rural community
  • Reduce isolation for people living in rural areas through improving service provision
  • Create a self-sufficient rural community fit for the future

Projects must also be able to demonstrate community demand and support.

There is particular interest in 'fledgeling' ideas and projects.

Priority is more likely to be given to projects in areas of deprivation or to projects that benefit those most in need within an area of wealth disparity over projects from more affluent areas.

The following are examples of project types that although may be technically eligible, have a lower likelihood of success: 

  • Minor improvements works, such as adding gates, updating signage, pathways, and other access to buildings, sites and scenic areas
  • Crafting, sewing and knitting groups
  • General tree planting projects
  • Solar panels projects where the applicant has not demonstrated exactly how the instillation will help save money and improve efficiency.
  • Heritage projects where the primary focus is on heritage and visitors, rather than providing for the immediate, local community
  • Literary fairs and other events of this nature
  • Projects where the focus is on improving provision for tourists

There are usually two funding rounds per year with applications accepted in the Spring and again in the Autumn.

The Autumn grants 2023 is open until 20th October 2023 (midday).


Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund (with Crowdfunding)

The Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund, funded by Aviva and in partnership with the RSPB and WWF, is a £1 million fund to make it easier for communities across the UK to take action for nature in their local area.

The Fund has announced that new groups that apply now and are accepted will receive £500 to kick-start their projects and up to £15,000 in match funding per project.

Funding is for projects that are focused on taking action for nature in of the following ways: 

  • Nature restoration – activity that boosts local biodiversity by protecting or restoring habitats, creating space for nature, connecting green spaces and/or addressing activities that directly impact biodiversity
  • Nature connectedness and pro-environmental behaviours – action that supports greater connection to nature and promotes pro-environmental behaviours at the community level that will benefit nature
  • Community cohesion and connection – nature positive activity that encourages collaboration in the local community by connecting people of diverse backgrounds, generations and abilities to nature and one another

This opportunity is open to charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO), Community Interest Companies (CIC), Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG), Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) and constituted community groups.

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder.

Applications for the crowdfunding scheme can be made at any time until all the funding is allocated.

In addition to resources, Regional Hub partner Groundwork are providing localised newsletters, events, and networking opportunities for Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund participants.


The Society Foundation

The funding is intended to support people from the following groups move toward paid employment: 

  • The recently homeless or vulnerably housed
  • Ex-offenders
  • Young people (16-24 years old) not in employment, education or training (NEET)

A limited number of micro-grants of up to £2,500 are available each year.

Applications are accepted from the following: 

  • UK registered charities
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO)
  • Organisations with a governing document showing a clear charitable aim/purpose as defined by the Charity Commission for England and Wales

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Have a turnover under £500,000 per annum
  • Work with one or more of the following groups
    • The recently homeless or vulnerably housed
    • Ex-offenders
    • 16-24 years olds not in employment, education or training
  • Be able to show that they increase the employability of their beneficiaries
  • Be able to supply at least one year of independently verified accounts

The funding can be used for: 

  • Capacity building activities, including IT infrastructure and equipment.
  • Staff training and development
  • External consultancy/support

The funding aims to play a transformative role by increasing the sustainability and effectiveness of organisations that are doing really vital work.

The deadline for applications is 16th October 2023 (midday).

Tel: 0207 935 4052


South Downs National Park Trust – Community Pitch

A pot of around £90,000 is being made available over a three-year period to help kickstart a wave of projects that help the environment and reduce carbon footprint across Lewes, Seaford, Peacehaven, Newhaven and surrounding villages.

A range of organisations are being invited to apply, including community groups, clubs, parish and town councils, social enterprises, community interest companies, charities, schools and businesses delivering non-profit projects.

The initiative, called “Community Pitch” as applicants will need to produce a one-minute video pitch about their idea, is being led by the lottery-backed Ouse Valley Climate Action (OVCA) partnership, with funding for the grants coming from the South Downs National Park Trust.

The Trust is open to all kinds of projects that help the environment in the Ouse Valley. It could be anything from reducing waste and encouraging recycling, to supporting wildlife, encouraging walking or increasing energy efficiency.

Last year OVCA beat over 600 applicants to be awarded £2m from the Community Lottery Fund to create one of the first communities in the UK to fully embrace climate action.

A flurry of activity has been taking place over the past 12 months and there are now 54 separate “mini-projects” that are being progressed and many are led by local community groups and partners.

OVCA is also enabling groups to develop work they are already doing, such as building community gardens, protecting wetlands and promoting community recycling.

Community Pitch applications will go to a shortlisting panel and those successful will have their video uploaded to Crowdfunder to raise their target. At the end of the deadline, those pitches that have reached their target will receive funding from the South Downs National Park Trust, which is the official charity for the National Park.

The deadline for applications is 31st October 2023 (5pm).


Tesco Stronger Starts Grants for Uckfield and Surrounding Areas

Groundwork South, who are managing the Tesco Stronger Starts Grants, are encouraging organisations in the Uckfield area to apply. The deadline for the next round is approximately the beginning of November so there is still plenty of time to apply.

There is also an online nominations form where the public can nominate projects they would like to see funded. Please note that schools, parent teacher associations and children and young peoples (CYP) groups are currently under-represented in this scheme in the Uckfield area so please encourage them to apply for a Tesco Stronger Starts grant of up to £1,500.

The grant could be used for a range of activities from providing nutritious food to healthy activities that support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing. For example, some previous grants were used for providing school breakfast clubs or creative activities, some goes to sports equipment or nature-based wellbeing projects.  It all depends on what the local area and it’s organisations need.

A pot of £5million has been set aside by Tesco and since 2016, more than 50,000 groups have been benefited.

Applying for the grant is easy, you just need to fill out an online application form at  and tell them about your school or organisation and what kind of support you want to give to your students or young people, they will then assess and put your application in the pipeline, ready to be voted on in store using the blue tokens.

Any Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Mienert by telephone on 07736 132 697 or by email at,uk

Toy Trust

The Toy Trust welcome applications from small UK based children's charities working for the benefit of children across the UK.

Grants up to £5,000 are available and the next deadline for applications is in mid-November.

Tel:  020 7701 7271

The Tree Council - Branching Out Fund

The Branching Out Fund is now accepting applications towards the costs of community planting projects.

Branching Out supports applications ranging in value from £250 up to £2,500, with specific criteria for those under £500, and those above £500.

Schools, community groups, residents’ associations, Parish Councils, charities and many others are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is 3rd December 2023.


Tel: 020 4582 9940

UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund

This fund aims to support search and rescue (SAR) volunteering activities by providing support for the costs of volunteers’ operational training to help improve the safety and quality of SAR services in the UK.

Grants starting from £1,000 are available.

Funding can support up to 50% of training costs.

UK charitable SAR organisations seeking support to train their volunteers can apply.

Eligible organisations must: 

  • Provide both search and rescue services as part of their core activities
  • Provide evidence that their activities are tasked by a statutory authority by providing a tasking letter on a letterhead from the relevant statutory tasking authority
  • Provide search and rescue services on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis (where appropriate)
  • Can prove that their training requirements reflect a confirmed operational need in their local area
  • Are a constituted organisation in the UK with a charitable governance document

Funding will support SAR organisations with the training costs of operational volunteers to support UK SAR activities.

The training must be a high priority to the organisation and must improve both the capability of the organisation and its volunteers and reflect proven operational needs in a local area.

Applicants must set out why this training is a priority for their volunteers and how this training will benefit the organisation and its UKSAR capabilities.

Proposals should focus on high-quality operational search and rescue training, such as: 

  • Core skills training for new or existing volunteers, linked to proven operational needs in the local area
  • Avoiding skills fade for existing volunteers, caused by delays or reduction of training opportunities during the pandemic
  • Revalidation of core training for existing volunteers
  • Training which incorporates appropriate well-being approaches

Eligible training costs include: 

  • Operational training for SAR volunteers in the UK that directly correlate with specific operational needs in the local area
  • Courses related to the training of operational SAR volunteers that are central to their activities
  • Hiring external trainers for course delivery
  • Administration costs (if essential to training courses)
  • Volunteers’ travel costs and accommodation where this is integral to the training itself
  • Costs of training equipment (such as manikins or training defibrillators)
  • Blue light training (if applicable)
  • Up to 50% of the costs of the training

The deadline for applications is 14th November 2023.

Tel: 03000 123 000


Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund

Through its Benevolent Fund, the Weaver's Company provides funding for smaller charitable organisations that are providing direct services for young people who are vulnerable and at risk of becoming involved with crime.

The funding is intended to support work in the following areas: 

  • Young offenders
  • Ex-offenders
  • Disadvantaged young people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement

The maximum grant is usually £15,000 per annum.

Grants are normally awarded for one year only; however, in exceptional cases, applications for multi-year funding of up to three years, will be considered.

UK registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services. Local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than about £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than about £250,000.

Funding is available for the following: 

  • Helping disadvantaged young people 
  • Supporting offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age 

Eligible expenditure includes: 

  • Pump-priming
  • Project funding
  • Associated project costs
  • Core costs for new projects
  • Innovative or pioneering work
  • Continuation funding 
  • Emergency or deficit funding for an established organisation - in exceptional circumstances

The Grants Committee meet three times a year.  The remaining closing date for applications in 2023 is midday on 16th November for consideration in February 2024.

Tel: 020 7606 1155


Funding Diary

October 2023

Friends Provident Foundation – Building a 4D Economy Grants Programme – 09/10/2023

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards – Full Stage – 09/10/2023

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme – 11/10/2023

Department for levelling Up, Housing & Communities - Community Ownership Fund – 11/10/2023

Department for Education – Sustainable Drainage Systems in Schools – 13/10/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund – 16/10/2023

The Society Foundation – 16/10/2023

Swimming Pool Support Fund – 17/10/2023

Hubbub - Time after Time e-waste Fund - Expression of Interest – 20/10/2023

The Royal Countryside Fund - Supporting Rural Communities Programme – 20/10/2023

Electrical Safety First – 22/10/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Trust – Veterans Capital Housing Fund – 23/10/2023

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation – 23/10/2023

Veterans' Foundation – 23/10/2023

A B Charitable Trust – 27/10/2023

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – 27/10/2023

Footie for All Fund – 29/10/2023

Rowing Foundation – 30/10/2023

Edgar E Lawley Foundation – 31/10/2023

Edge Fund – 31/10/2023

Magic Little Grants Fund - 31/10/2023

The Primary Club - James Fund – 31/10/2023

South Downs National Park Trust – Community Pitch – 31/10/2023

Southern Water Community Energy Grant – 31/10/2023


November 2023

7stars Foundation – 01/11/2023

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Children and Young People’s Resettlement Fund – 01/11/2023

British Science Week – Community Grants – 06/11/2023

British Science Week – Kick Start Fund for Schools – 06/11/2023

Historic England  - Everyday Heritage Grants – 07/11/2023

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Natural Flood Management Programme – 10/11/2023

People's Postcode Lottery - Learning through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants – 10/11/2023

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities Fund – 13/11/2023

National Garden Scheme - Community Gardens Grants – 13/11/2023

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Teacher Development Fund – 13/11/2023

UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund – 14/11/2023

Toy Trust – 15/11/2023

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Grants over £250,000 - 16/11/2023

Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund – 16/11/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - Community Justice Fund – Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme – Full Application – 17/11/2023

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children – 19/11/2023

Freelands Foundation – Expression of Interest – 20/22/2023

Art Fund - Going Places – 24/11/2023

Hospice UK Dying Matters Community Grants Programme – 24/11/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - The Million Hours Fund – 24/11/2023


December 2023

Castle Studies Trust – 01/12/2023

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme – Tropical Rainforests – 01/12/2023

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/12/2023

Tree Council - Branching Out Fund – 03/12/2023

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme – 05/11/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Force for Change – 13/12/2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/12/2023

International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Programme – 15/12/2023

Ironmongers Company grants programme – 15/12/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2023

Greene King IPA – Proud to Pitch In – 31/12/2023


January 2024

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/01/2024

Fat Beehive Foundation – Art and Culture - 05/01/2024

The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places – 05/01/2024

Armed Forces Covenant Trust – Veterans Capital Housing Fund – 08/01/2024

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme – 12/01/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/01/2024

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) Grants for England – 26/01/2024

Patagonia International Environmental Grants – 31/01/202


February 2024

Ogden Trust – Local School Partnerships  - 01/02/2024

Toy Trust – 15/02/2024


March 2024

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme – Marine Programme – 01/03/2024

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/03/2024


April 2024

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/04/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/04/2024


June 2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024


July 2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024


August 2024

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/08/2024

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024


September 2024

The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places – 01/09/2024