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. Covid-19 updates have been included where known, but please check individual opportunities using the links given.

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.

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.

Henry Smith Charity County Grants

Grants for smaller organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in one of eight English counties, including West Sussex.

Grants run for 1 to 3 years (most grants are for 1 to 2 years), ranging from £500 to £20,000 (£10,000 max in any one year) and are open to charities with annual income up to £250,000 (up to £1m if activities are county-wide).

Funding covers running costs, salaries, projects and small capital projects or expenditure.

More information about the grants and and the online application process are available here.

Longley Trust

The Longley Trust is a local independent grant-making charity that supports organisations helping people in Crawley. Click here for more details.

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.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

An independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group. They partner with small and local charities with annual income between £25,000 and £1 million, supporting work on a wide range of issues, including mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. Find out more here.

Police Property Act Fund

Sussex Police use monies from the sale of found or confiscated property to support projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex. Grants up to £500 are available with the support of a Sussex Police officer or member of staff. Find out more here.

Shanley Foundation

Shanly Foundation aims to support causes that help individuals and benefit the local community, including support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the homeless, those with mental health issues and people with physical disabilities, injury or life limiting illness. 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

COVID-19 UPDATE: National Lottery Community Fund programmes

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.

Comic Relief Community Fund

Grants are available to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000 whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Funding is available through a Capacity Building Grant of up to £500, or a Project Delivery Grant of up to £4,000.

Find out more and apply here.

The Hedley Foundation

Grants of typically between £3,000 and £5,000 are made to registered charities for the benefit of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers.

In particular, the Trustees award grants to those charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries and tend not to give money to very large scale or national charities nor to support bids for salaries, buildings or IT.

Applications are considered at meetings on set dates throughout the year.

Find out more here.

The Hargreaves Foundation

Grants for charities using sport or education to support those under the age of 18 years and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty.

The Foundation can fund clearly defined projects, initiatives or the purchase of specific items that support one or more of the following:

  • Enables individuals to experience the mental and physical health benefits of participatory sport
  • Ensures participatory sport is accessible
  • Provides sporting or educational activities that foster life skills
  • Aims to improve academic engagement and attainment
  • Encourages the development of skills and personal attributes to aid future employability.

There is no set minimum or maximum grant.

Find out more details and how to apply here.

The Percy Bilton Charity

Grants are available to registered charities whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (under 25 years of age)
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities) or mental health problems
  • Older people (aged over 60).

Applications can be submitted at any time for:

  • Small grants of up to £500
  • Large grants of over £500, but typically £2,000 to £5,000, for one off payments for capital expenditure

Find out more here.

Arts Council England – National Lottery Projects Grants

COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently suspended, with funding re-directed to the Covid-19 Emergency Response package.

The National Lottery Projects Grants are for individuals, organisations, museums and libraries. Grants range from £1000 to over £100,000.

For further information visit the Arts Council website here .

National Lottery Heritage Fund

COVID-19 UPDATE: Applications for usual grants have been halted until at least October 2020, now replaced by the Heritage Emergency 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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Temporary closure to new applications.

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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