New Communities Fund Covid-19 recovery grants

Applications open next week for new Communities Fund resilience funding for Covid-19 related recovery work across the city.

Bids are invited for up to £10,000 for projects helping to address the impact of Covid-19 in the following areas:

  • Welfare and financial support
  • Debt and arrears
  • Mental health
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Vulnerable young people and families
  • Violence against women and children

Application process

Applications will be open to locally-based community and voluntary organisations, and the planned bid must be solely for the Brighton & Hove area.

Applications can be made by one organisation or a partnership. 

Bids needs to cover a specific project rather than organisational core costs, with management and overhead costs limited to 8% of total bid.

The grants are for short-term recovery projects and the funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Bids will be appraised in collaboration with support officers from the council and will need to show how the project aligns with the council’s priorities and plans for helping the city recover from Covid-19.

If you have any questions about the fund or the bidding process, please get in touch with the Communities Team by emailing

The applications are open from Tuesday 8 September until Friday 9 October, and need to be submitted via our Communities Fund online application portal.

The decisions on funding will be announced in late November.

A safer, stronger & healthier city

Councillor Steph Powell, joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture committee, said:

“This funding is aimed at projects that will directly help residents struggling with debt and support vulnerable people across the city to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown.

“It’s for short-term targeted projects focussed on key areas of support to help make sure Brighton & Hove comes out of the pandemic a safer, stronger and healthier city.

“We’re really keen to work with our community and voluntary sector partners in the city to make sure that support goes where it’s most urgently needed. Our Communities Team are on hand to support your bids, so please do get in touch.”

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