There are a number of local and national on-going funding opportunities, without a closing date. Those we feel are most likely to be relevant to our Members are detailed below.

Crawley Borough Council Open Grants

Grants from £50 to £2,500 are available for voluntary and community groups in Crawley. This small grants scheme funds a range of organised activity for wide community benefit. Find out more here.

West Sussex County Council Micro Fund

The Micro Fund enables groups to apply directly to the County Council for a grant where the total project cost is up to £750.

Tesco Bags of Help grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are available through Tesco’s local community grant scheme, Bags of Help. Community projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Find out more here.

Longley Trust

The Longley Trust is a local independent grant-making charity that prefers to make donations to smaller, local charitable causes. Click here for more details about how to make your application.

Sussex Community Foundation

Sussex Community Foundation manages a wide range of funds on behalf of local individuals, trusts and companies to help address disadvantage and deprivation in communities across Sussex and to build resilience in those communities. Click here for more information and to download an application form or telephone 01273 409440.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

An independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group. They partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. Find out more here.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference.  They fund a wide range of causes and charities and grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken. Find out more here.

The National Lottery Community Fund

Awards for All

National Lottery Awards for All is a small grants programme which aims to help to improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. There are no deadlines, and groups can apply anything from £300 to £10,000 in any year. In most cases, grants have to be spent within 12 months, and can pay for a wide range of things such as equipment, one off projects, running costs, staff or volunteer costs.

Your project must meet at least one of the following aims:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

You also need to show how you have or will involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities that you are planning.

Find out more and complete an online application here or call their advice line on 0345 4102030.

Reaching Communities

This programme funds projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

Grants of over £10,000 are available for projects and can be for a period of up to five years. There is a particular focus on projects that can test new approaches to issues in the community. They are also looking for projects to be people-led, strengths-based and connected

They are looking for projects that:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

Find out more here.

Arts Council England – Grants for the arts

The Grants for the Arts is for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. Grants are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations carry out their work. Grants range from £1000 to over £100,000.

For further information visit the Arts Council website here or telephone their helpline 0845 300 6200.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund funds projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations, for example: people’s memories and experiences, cultural traditions, historic buildings, monuments and environments, or histories of people and communities or places and events. Their small grants programme is for £3000, to £10,000, with other programmes for larger grants.

For further information visit the National Lottery Heritage Fund website here or phone their helpline 020 7591 6000.

Sport England- Small Grants Scheme

Sport England runs several grant programmes. Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport. You can only apply through the Sport England website here.

Courage Dyer Recreational Trust

The Courage-Dyer Recreational Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 for equipment and improvements to recreational facilities for clubs, societies and sporting organisations. Contact Hayley Thorne for more details: Hayley.thorne@crawley.gov.uk

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