FUNDING: Sussex Community Foundation General Awards

Sussex Community Foundation General Awards


Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 11 October 2013


The Foundation manages various funds that are available to voluntary and community groups whose work improves the lives of people in East Sussex, West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove. 


Maximum Value: £ 5,000

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £5,000; however, most grants awarded are less than this. In exceptional circumstances, grants over £5,000 can be made.

Extended Description

Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) is a charity that promotes philanthropy and is working to build a substantial permanent fund to support communities across East and West Sussex, and the city of Brighton and Hove. The Foundation awards grants to local community groups across the region.

SCF is particularly interested in supporting smaller community based groups where a small grant can make a big difference.

Latest Information

Fourth 2013 deadline: 11 October 2013.

Key Criteria

The Foundation gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that benefit the community in East Sussex, West Sussex, or the City of Brighton and Hove, although specific locations are relevant for different schemes.  Applicants must have a constitution or set of rules and be volunteer-led.

Preference is given to smaller, locally managed organisations. Groups with an annual turnover of more than £500,000 per annum are less likely to be funded.

Eligible Expenditure

The various grant funds available from the General Awards are as follows:

American Express Fund

Support is available for registered charities operating in Brighton & Hove or Burgess Hill that are involved in the following areas: encouraging diversity; social inclusion; healthy living and exercise; and young people, especially helping them into work and culture.

Brenda Ford

Support for voluntary and community groups and organisations in Sussex providing advice, support and services for women suffering from, or at risk of, domestic abuse.

Cullum Family Trust

Charities and community groups addressing homelessness, or supporting children, and operating between, and including, Brighton & Hove and Worthing are eligible to apply.

The Pargiter Trust Fund

Funding is available for grassroots, older people’s groups that are working to improve health and well being, improve access to facilities, advice and information, and helping older people overcome problems relating to illness, disability, bereavement of financial difficulty.

Lisbet Rausing Fund

Hospices and groups across Sussex that are working with people affected by terminal illness are eligible to apply.

The Marit and Hans Rausing Fund

Support for community groups and registered charities working in Sussex that are seeking to address the root causes of social and economic disadvantage and deprivation.

William Reed Fund

Applicants may be local or national organisations operating and benefiting people in the Crawley area. Support is available for social welfare projects.

Paul Rooney Foundation Fund

Grants are available for individual children and young people, particularly those with life limiting illnesses, and their families. Referrals should be made via an independent professional charity or organisation which is providing a service to the child and family concerned. Awards are also made to grassroot charities and community groups in Sussex working with, and supporting, children with special needs and their families.

Rainbow Fund

Funding for charities and community groups in Brighton and Hove that are providing frontline services addressing the needs of the LGBT community, particularly those demonstrating that either the project, or the group, is led by LGBT people.

SCF Grassroots Endowment Fund

Funding for small, volunteer-led, independent, community groups in Sussex with an annual turnover of £30,000 or less, and working for the benefit of the community. The maximum grant available is £2,000

Southern Water

Support for community groups and charities in Sussex involved with community garden and allotment projects. Southern Water are particularly interested in projects linked with addressing the water shortage. Grants are normally in the region of £500 to £2,000.

William Alexander Fund

Grants are awarded to small community groups and charities supporting children in Brighton and Hove. Grants of up to £5,000 are available but are likely to be in the region of £1,500 to £2,000.


Sussex Community Foundation will not support requests from or for the following:

  • Organisations that are part of central, local or regional government.
  • Organisations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or marital status.
  • Individuals, including scholarships, sponsorships and other forms of financial assistance, apart from those applying to the Paul Rooney Foundation and to the Westdene Trust.
  • Fundraising activities such as benefits, charitable dinners, or sponsored events.
  • Goodwill advertising, dinner programmes, books, magazines or articles in professional journals.
  • Political activities.
  • Major capital appeals.
  • Small contributions to major campaigns.
  • Grants which will be used to award a third party.
  • Sports sponsorships.
  • Projects which only benefit animals.
  • Projects seeking funds to improve the buildings or assets of the local authority, eg friends or parents of school groups looking for funds for playgrounds or school equipment.
  • Projects whose wider community appeal or benefit is limited.
  • Groups that have not returned monitoring from previous SCF awards.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Foundations website. There is one form to complete for all of the General Awards.  The Foundation will then allocate the application to the fund or funds which are considered most likely to support the project.

Applicants may return the application form via email; however, a signed copy of the declaration on paper and signed copies of the constitution and accounts must be posted to the Foundation prior to the closing date.

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:
Enquiries Sussex Community Foundation
Suite B
Falcon Wharf
Railway Lane
Telephone: 01273 409440
Email: [email protected]