Grants and funding for community and voluntary groups

Do you need financial support for your community group, or help with writing bids? Fundraising can often be the hardest part for voluntary organisations and charities, but there are plenty of resources and funding opportunities available. Find out about support services and how to apply for grants and funding here:

Community Works

Funded by the Councils, Community Works provide advice and support to voluntary and community organisations across Adur and Worthing. They run regular events and deliver training and workshops on a range of topics, including fundraising. They also offer a one-to-one advice service, providing support and guidance on all areas of running an organisation, including how to get started and writing funding bids. For more information please see:

Grants available through Adur & Worthing Councils 

Adur & Worthing Councils are pleased to be able to offer small grants to groups and organisations working within our local communities:

  • In Adur, this is through the Adur Community Grants fund which awards grants up to the value of £5,000. For further details, please see:
  • In Worthing, the Council gives the proceeds from designated textile recycling banks to Community Chest. Community Chest are an independent charity who award small grants of up to £1,500 to projects and activities in the Worthing area. For further details, please visit the:

Sussex Community Foundation

Sussex Community Foundation provide grants and fundraising help to local charities and community groups across Sussex. Most of their grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 and many of them go to community groups that are working to tackle deprivation and disadvantage. To find out more, see the:

Safer in Sussex Community Fund

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner awards funding to local community groups that help reduce or prevent crime in Sussex. Applications are accepted twice a year. For more information and to apply for funding, please see: 

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery award funds to support community projects and activities across the UK. Community Works can help advise as to which fund is appropriate, and when to apply. To find out more, please see:

Grants Online

Adur & Worthing Councils pay for a subscription to Grants Online; a database of nationwide grants available to residents, communities and businesses looking for funding. To find out more please see:

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Page last updated: 25 March 2024

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