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

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to the Communities Fund 2020-21

Covid-19 Emergency Resilience funding was awarded to 44 community and voluntary groups across the city, with a total of £170,254 being awarded to support them as they manage the changing  needs across the city and the changes to their delivery methods.

The Engagement Fund 2020-21 is targeted towards Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

Engagement Fund 2020-21 BAME engagement

The BAME Engagement Fund 2020-21 has been set up to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and voluntary organisations. Applications for grants of up to £2,000 can be made for running costs or project costs, subject to the following eligiblilty criteria:

  • Groups should be BAME led and/or have a predominantly BAME membership.
  • Groups should have an annual income or turnover of £20,000 or less.
  • Groups should have a written constitution and a bank account with two signatories.
  • Groups that do not have a written constitution or bank account can apply through an ‘umbrella’ organisation.
  • An umbrella organisation will have a written constitution, bank account, annual accounts, and be able to offer support to the unconstituted BAME group in its development.
  • An umbrella group might be, for example, the Resource Centre, Community Works, Switchboard, the Hangleton & Knoll Project, the Trust for Developing Communities. This is not an exclusive list but indicates organisations that have agreed to carry out this role.

Bids do not need to be specific to Covid-19 or its impact. There's more guidance in our BAME Engagement Fund 2020-21 frequently asked questions (PDF 80KB).

Applications for funding need to be submitted via the council’s Communities Fund application portal by Friday 11 September 2020. Decisions will be made and announced towards the end of October 2020.

Resilience Fund 2020-21 COVID-19 emergency funding

The COVID-19 emergency fund was set up to provide short term and emergency grants to community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove, supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents.

£170,254 of Resilience Funding is being awarded to 44 community and voluntary organisations facing unexpected costs as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19, either on their organisation or on the residents they support.

Download a summary of grants awarded to the Resilience Fund Covid-19 Emergency funding (PDF 214KB)

The Covid-19 emergency funding is allocated and is closed to application.

2019-20 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