East Sussex Arts Partnership

1. Overview


The East Sussex Arts Partnership has a small number of grants of up to £500 available. These grants are for arts projects which support the East Sussex Cultural Strategy priorities:

  1. Create an environment where great cultural experiences are available to everyone to enhance their quality of life
  2. Create an environment which enables the cultural and creative economy to expand and enhances our ability to attract and retain other businesses
  3. Develop and promote well packaged cultural tourism offers which celebrate the identity of East Sussex, raise its profile and attract more visitors and businesses to the County


  • activity must be arts based
  • activity must be supported by an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant
  • applications will be considered prior to an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant being confirmed but any offer will be dependent on an Arts Council Project grant being secured
  • applications must include the ESAP grant under their income section
  • applicants must supply their final Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant application as submitted to Arts Council England. Any subsequent amendments will render the application invalid.
  • activity must not start before the decision has been given on the grant (see dates in brackets below)
  • applicant must be a non-profit distributing organisation
  • activity must be open to the general public, be an arts event and have a clear public benefit within East Sussex


Please note these are currently only provisional dates and are subject to budgets being secured. Please do get in touch with the team at Arts.Officer@eastsussex.gov.uk to confirm that the grants are available before submitting your application to us .  Once we have budgets confirmed we will update this page.

  • 10 March 2023 (decision 6 April 2023) confirmed 
  • 17 June 2023 (decision 6 July 2023)
  • 29 September 2023 (decision 18 October 2023)
  • 15 December 2023 (decision 10 January 2024)

Please make sure you seek advice before deciding to make an application. Contact the relevant officer below who will be happy to discuss your idea with you and check you are eligible to apply.

When you are ready to submit your application, please send to Arts.Officer@eastsussex.gov.uk


Please send completed applications to the Arts Officer team at East Sussex County Council


For projects in Rother District

Ms Melanie Powell

For projects based in Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough

Ms Helen Browning-Smith

For projects based in Wealden

Ms Jane Kilby