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Funding: Comic Relief Local Communities Programme – Sussex

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme – Sussex

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 11 October 2013


Grants for sports projects and community projects in East Sussex, West Sussex or Brighton and Hove that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities.


Maximum Value: £ 10,000
Minimum Value: £ 1,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available

Extended Description

The Comic Relief scheme is provided by Comic Relief and administered locally in East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove by the Sussex Community Foundation.

This is the second phase of the 'Local Communities' programme which will run for two years between 2011 and 2013.

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. This programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.

Latest Information

2013 deadline: 11 October 2013.

Key Criteria

The following organisations in East Sussex, West Sussex or Brighton and Hove are eligible to apply:

  • Residents associations.
  • Community centres and groups.
  • Social Enterprises.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Credit Unions.

Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Eligible Expenditure

Organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Increase local services.
  • Build skills of local people.
  • Increase community cohesion.
  • Respond to local economic needs.
  • Increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation.

Examples of the type of activities that will be funded are as follows:

  • Community sport activities.
  • Furniture projects.
  • Projects providing access to benefits advice.
  • Projects combating fuel poverty.
  • Community consultation exercises.
  • Community employment projects.
  • Food co-ops.
  • Running costs, including salaries, core costs and project costs.
  • Committee and volunteer/staff training.

Match Funding Restrictions

Grants will only be awarded where the grant makes up at least 30% of the total costs of the project.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Statutory organisations, including schools.
  • Trips abroad.
  • Buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project).
  • Building costs, including access adaptations to buildings.
  • Organisations which are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief.

Application Procedure

The application form is available to download from the Foundation's website or to complete online.

Contact the Sussex Community Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Grants Officer Sussex Community Foundation
Suite B
Falcon Wharf
Railway Lane
Telephone: 01273 409440
Email: [email protected]

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