Introduction to grants and funding for groups

Do you need financial support for your group, find writing bids hard or actually, just don't know where to start? Fundraising is often the hardest area for voluntary organisations and charities, and Adur & Worthing Councils are here to help.

  1. The first point of call is to contact Community Works. They are the Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) working across Adur and Worthing and the Councils fund them to give you and your organisation excellent expert advice and support. They run regular events on specific topics, including fundraising, and also offer a 'read a funding bid' service for you when your bid is almost complete and needs a critical eye. And don't worry, if you're literally just starting out, they can start right at the very beginning, for example, advice on forming the right constitution - often a barrier to accessing funds.
    See: Community works website
  2. Adur & Worthing Councils are very fortunate to be able to offer small grants to groups;
    • In Adur, this is through the 'Community Grants Adur' fund. This is open three times a year, up to the value of £5,000.
      See: Community Grants Adur
    • In Worthing, the Council give the proceeds from Textile Recycling banks to Community Chest. They offer small grants of up to £1,500 in the Worthing area.
      See: Community Chest website
  3. West Sussex County Council have various grant funds available, in particular the Small Grants, Community Initiative and Members' Big Society Funds might be of interest to you.
    See: Funding on West Sussex County Council website
  4. Wider in Sussex, there is Sussex Community Foundation. They hold funds for local trusts and often these are specific to a theme or target groups (eg age or ethnicity). Do sign up to their newsletter and follow them on twitter for their latest funding news.
    See: Sussex Community Foundation website
    There is also the Sussex Crime and Commissioners' Community Safety Fund which takes applications three times a year.
    See: Community Safety Fund on Sussex PCC website
  5. Nationally, Big Lottery Fund have a programme of funding opportunities. Community Works regularly meet with their local Development Manager and can offer great advice on which fund is appropriate and when to apply.
    See: Big Lottery Fund website
  6. Last but not least, Adur & Worthing Councils pay for the subscription to Grants Online which is a database of nationwide grants which will give you access to a whole raft of funds that you may not otherwise be aware of.
    See: Grants online

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Page last updated: 21 November 2019