The Communities Fund

The Communities Fund is set up to support local community groups, voluntary organisations and not-for-profit social enterprise. The fund recognises the positive impact of voluntary action enabled by our third sector partners. It is an open, accessible fund.

You can apply for funding towards core costs, to cover the specific costs of an activity or for the purchase of small items of equipment.

All applications must address any one of the three key outcomes:

  • Improving wellbeing
  • Building cohesion
  • Promoting fairness

Communities Fund 2020-21 COVID-19 emergency funding

The COVID-19 emergency fund has been set up to provide short term and emergency support to community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove who are supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents.

£150,000 Resilience Funding was made available from the council’s Third Sector Investment Programme to support organisations facing unexpected costs as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19, either on the organisation or on the residents they support.

This Covid-19 Resilience funding has now been allocated, with 41 bids approved . No further bids for this funding will be accepted.

2020/21 Communities Fund

Applications to the , Engagement , Resilience and Collaboration Funds are currently suspended.

 

The Communities Fund reflects the city's dynamic and diverse third sector and is made up of three funding schemes:

The Engagement Fund

Open to applicants with an income of up to £20,000 per annum, with awards up to £2,000. The Engagement Fund supports groups to engage and empower local people, communities or neighbourhoods in the city.

Applicants will be able to tell us about their service users, beneficiaries, volunteers and staff as well as later demonstrating how they achieved their chosen outcome.

Summary of projects funded from the Engagement Fund

The Resilience Fund

Open to applicants with an income of up to £100,000 per annum, with awards up to £10,000. The Resilience Fund aims to support groups that are already working with local people and communities.

Applicants will be able to tell us about their delivery, networks, experience of need and any secured monies they have in place. As well as later demonstrating how they achieved their chosen outcome.

Summary of projects funded by the Resilience Fund

The Collaboration Fund

The Collaboration Fund is closed to application.

The Collaboration Fund supports the role of local community groups, voluntary organisations and not-for-profit social enterprise to form operational and strategic partnerships to support the city's most vulnerable residents.

We ask applicant organisations to complete and submit a simple expression of interest form.  All expressions of interest will require a named third sector lead, supporting partners and support from council officers.

Partnerships invited to submit a full bid for collaboration funding will be provided with additional support and guidance as appropriate. As well as later demonstrating how you have achieved your chosen outcome you will be asked to document how collaboration funding has helped your partnership build a sustainable model for future delivery. Awards up to £20,000.

Summary of projects funded by the Collaboration Fund

Apply and find out more about the Communities Fund