The Communities Fund 2021-2022

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 that is flexible and responsive to the city’s changing needs around the climate, poverty and inequality.

All applicants can address any one of the key outcomes:

  • improving wellbeing 
  • building cohesion
  • promoting fairness 

Examples of activities that could help achieve our outcomes

Improving Wellbeing

  1. Community arts projects such as audience development workshops or performances.
  2. Sports clubs, activity and recreational initiatives or social groups.
  3. Pre-school and out of school activities, adventure pursuits, health education and counselling support for young people.
  4. Local history and heritage initiatives.

Building Cohesion 

  1. Community associations and centres.
  2. Social and support groups for communities of interest or identity eg. BME, LGBT, younger and older people.
  3. Support for residents with physical or mental health difficulties.
  4. Improving the built or natural environment.

Promoting Fairness

  1. Advice services and centres.
  2. Developing the skills of residents to enhance their employment prospects like volunteer training programmes.
  3. Supporting victims of crime and provision of diversionary activities for those at risk of offending.
  4. Recycling and re-use projects and raising awareness about local and healthy food.

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.

Application deadlines

Round 1 for full year costs and early starts - 30 April 2021
Round 2 for part year costs and later starts - 2 July 2021
Round 3 for final quarter costs - 15 October 2021

Apply to 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.

Application deadlines

Round 1 for full year costs and early starts - 30 April 2021
Round 2 for part year costs and later starts - 2 July 2021
Round 3 for final quarter costs - 15 October 2021

Apply to The Resilience Fund.

The Collaboration Fund

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.

To submit an expression of interest for Collaboration funding, or if you have queries on any of the above, please contact the Communities, Equality & Third Sector Team. email donna.edmead@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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.

Application deadlines

Any time during 2021-22 with approved expression of interest.

Communities Fund 2020-2021

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in changes to the Communities Fund 2020-2021.

Resilience Fund 2020-2021

Round 1 - Covid-19 emergency funding was awarded to 44 community and voluntary groups across the city. A total of £170,254 was awarded to support them as they managed the changing needs across the city and the changes to their delivery methods.

See the Communities Fund - Covid emergency grant awards.

Round 2 - Covid-19 recovery funding targeted Covid-19 related recovery work. £115,000 was allocated to 33 organisations across the city.

See the Communities Fund - Resilience fund Covid recovery grant awards.

Round 3 - Carbon Reduction funding was awarded for innovative projects that promoted active and sustainable travel, created and improved open spaces and supported a ‘reduce, repair, reuse, and recycle’ approach. £100,000 was allocated to 22 projects.

See the Communities fund - summary of awards for the carbon reduction fund.

The Engagement Fund 2020-2021 targeted Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups. £25,000 was allocated to 24 community organisations across the city.  

See the Communities Fund - BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) engagement fund awards.

Communities Fund 2021-22

Further information will be posted later in March 2021 once the council budget has been set for 2021-2022.