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.

Heritage 2033 National Lottery programme 


The application guidance and forms have been updated to reflect the new strategy, materials have been simplified and the requirements are more proportionate to the amount of money you’re applying for.

The Heritage 2033 strategy is centred around a simplified framework of four priorities:

  • Saving heritage
  • Protecting the environment
  • Inclusion, accessibility, and participation
  • Organisational sustainability

For applicants, all four of these principles need to be highlighted within an application. The strength of focus and emphasis on each principle is for you to decide and demonstrate.

Mindful of increased costs for goods and services, and responding to trends in the grant application data, the entry level grants have been increased to £10,000.

To simplify the experience of applying for a grant, Heritage Fund have:

  • improved links between pages on the website so you can clearly see all the information you need to consider before making an application.
  • reduced the length and complexity of the application guidance and the number of questions you must answer.
  • made it easier to explain about your heritage and the project you want to deliver.
  • streamlined the process for grants from £10,000–£250,000 to make applying at that level more seamless.
  • updated the approach to paying out grants, making it easier for you to manage and deliver your project.

For more details, visit the Heritage Fund website here:

Asda Foundation – Cost of Living Grant

Asda Foundation’s new Cost of Living Grant will provide grants of between £500 and £2,000 for activities taking place before 28th February 2023.

The funding is intended for local not-for-profit community groups who are facing an:

  • Increase in rent/utility bills: support to keep community buildings open to the public or increase opening times to help people stay warm (known as ‘warm banks’)
  • Increase in food costs: support for people most affected by providing meals, support community cafes, food parcels, delivered meals, soup kitchens, etc

The ASDA superstores each have a Community Champion whose role is to support groups and projects within the community, as well as manage ASDA Foundation grant applications.

Groups must contact their local ASDA Community Champion to discuss their proposed project. If the group and the project are eligible, the Community Champion will provide an application form.

Please note, applications cannot be made directly to the ASDA Foundation. They must be submitted to the ASDA Community Champion who will sign and submit it to the Foundation.

Applications will be accepted by ASDA Community Champions until the budget cap is reached (estimated to be February 2023). More information is available here:

Crowdfund Crawley

£147,724 raised, 472 backers, 21 successful projects. Crowdfund Crawley gives local people a platform to raise funds for community projects and make a difference to their town. The Neighbour Improvement Fund still has more financial support to give, with £25,000 available for projects that will benefit the local community.

Project organisers can pitch to the Neighbourhood Improvement Fund through the Crowdfund Crawley site. Ideas will be considered for a pledge if they benefit the residents of Crawley by improving the local environment, community services or facilities which are sometimes affected by development. The decision will also be influenced by the interest the projects generate from the “Crowd” and the extent to which it benefits the people of Crawley.

The council may pledge up to 75 per cent of the total project target, capped at £5,000. Visit the Crowdfund Crawley website, or email


Crawley Borough Council Community Grants

Voluntary and community organisations working in Crawley can now apply for new strategic grants from Crawley Borough Council. This funding programme aims to support local voluntary and community groups with grants of £5,000 or more, if they meet the council’s priorities for funding and apply successfully. Read More Here.

Easy Fund Raising

An easy way to fundraise for your organisation. When your supporters and volunteers shop online, retailers donate to your organisation – for free!

Find more here

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.

Longley Trust

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

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.

Community Safety Fund

Funding from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner to assist community groups that help reduce or prevent crime in Sussex.

Applications for grants up to £5,000 are accepted three times each year. Find out more here.


Gatwick Airport Community Trust


Grants available to support projects that protect and enhance the social and environmental well-being of the community in areas affected by operations at Gatwick Airport.

Typical size of grants given: £250-£5000

Priority categories for projects they will fund are:

  • Development of young people
  • Art projects including amateur drama, music, art
  • Sporting facilities
  • Environmental improvement and conservation
  • Improvements to community facilities such as village halls
  • Support for the disabled
  • Support for the elderly
  • Encouragement of additional volunteering or giving in the area

How to apply: An application form and guidelines can be downloaded from their website:

Deadlines for application: The trust opens for applications once a year. The 2022 round is now closed. It is expected to re-open in January 2023.


Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

 Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust awards grants to UK registered charities based in Sussex who are working within one of the following priority areas of focus:

  • Care of the elderly
  • Disability
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • Youth
  • Wildlife & environmental conservation

Funding will be considered for start-up and core costs as well as a specific project (capital expenditure or assistance with running costs)

Deadlines: Small grants (up to £3,000): Continuous rolling programme.

Medium grants (£3,001 to £10,000): Applications accepted online four times a year.

For further information please go to the website:

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.

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK. Find out more here.

Morrisons Foundation

Grant Funding is available to registered charities to fully fund projects up to £25,000. They are looking to support projects which make a positive difference in local communities.

Find out more and apply online 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.

UPDATE: In 2021, they are offering two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000, to give charities greater flexibility over how they use their resources.

Shanley Foundation

Shanley 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

Cost of Living Fund

This funding is for organisations that support people and communities under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living. Find out more here. Last Date – 16 October 2023 at 12 noon

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.

Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened their Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grassroots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis.

Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

See further details 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.

Leeds Building Society Foundation

The Foundation primarily provides funding between £250 to £1000, towards practical items that directly support those in need, including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Applications are welcome from registered charities with a turnover of less than £1 million and are usually considered at the next scheduled meeting being held at least 28 days following application.

Find out more 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: National Lottery Heritage Fund reopens for applications

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.

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:

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