How it works 

Our grants are structured into what we call our general awards and special funds and programmes. Details for each can be found below. Note that you can normally apply for our special funds at the same time as applying for or holding a grant from our general awards, unless stated otherwise.

Our general awards

Here is how our main grant-making process works  

Our General Awards are open to applications. We have three main rounds of grant-giving each year. Upcoming deadlines for applications (unless specified otherwise) is 5:00pm (1700 hours) as follows:

  • Friday 6th January 2023 (Decisions March 2023)
  • Friday 5th May 2023 (Decisions July 2023)
  • Friday 8th September 2023 (Decisions November 2023)

Our grants programme is made up of a range of funds which help to address disadvantage and deprivation and build resilience in Sussex communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. We are particularly keen to support grassroots community groups and small-to-medium sized voluntary organisations. Please note our general funds cannot support small contributions to large capital appeals or campaigns. General round grants are available to cover a range of core and project costs including support for work planned in response to the pandemic.

Please read the general guidance notes before applying.

How to apply

Access our online application form by following this link and follow the on-screen instructions. You can save and return to your application as many times as you like before you submit it. If you are unable to apply online, please contact our Grants Team on 01273 409440 or email for a copy of the application form.

Special Funds and Programmes

Below is the list of currently open special funds and programmes, which you can apply to in addition to the General Awards.   

  • Winter Support Fund for East Sussex is a new small grant fund offering grants of up to £10,000 for not-for–profit organisations working to support people most affected by cost-of-living issues. Set up in partnership with East Sussex County Council, the Fund has been informed by results of our cost of living survey and aims to help local voluntary sector organisations in East Sussex manage increasing costs to deliver services this winter. For more information and how to apply please visit our guidance page.

  • Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund supports charities and community groups based within a ten-kilometre radius of the wind farm, which lies seven miles east of Lydd on Romney Marsh, and undertaking environmental, educational, community and charitable activities. This fund has its own criteria and application form. Deadline for applications is Friday 6 January 2023.

Grants for Individuals

  • Westdene Fund gives grants of up to £1,000 to individual young people (aged 16-25 years) in Sussex with outstanding musical talent. This fund has its own guidance and online application form which needs to be completed with a supporting reference document which can be found here. Applications can be made at any time.
  • Rooney Foundation Fund supports children and young people living in Sussex who have physical disabilities, long-term illnesses and/or life-limiting conditions. Please note: Applications must be made by a social worker or other professionals rather than family members. For more information please see here.

Supporting documents

All applications received must be accompanied by copies of the required supporting documents (including signed copies of your constitution and accounts) by the relevant deadline. Please note you do not have to resubmit copies of your constitution and policies if you have already done so with a previous application. You will find the list of documents to submit with your application on our standard guidance.

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