Funding body information

Brighton and Hove City Council

Brighton and Hove Council
Kings House
Grand Avenue
01273 290000

Point of contact:

Jonathan Best, Grants Manager, 01273 291114,


Annual Grants

These are annual awards of up to £5,000 for community and voluntary organisations with an annual income of £35,000 or less. Grants are made:

  • towards core costs
  • to cover the specific costs of an activity
  • for the purchase of small items of equipment.

Eligibility criteria for grants to smaller organisations reflect the council's four key priorities. Activities must contribute towards one of the following:

  1. strengthening communities and involving people
  2. improving well-being and promoting learning
  3. reducing crime and improving safety
  4. enhancing the environment.

The deadline for aplications is the 2nd October 2015 (for activities from January 2016 to March 2016.)

Further information can be found on the 'Annual Grants to Smaller Organisations' page or by downloading 'Guidance Notes'

Specialist Grants

These annual grants are open to community groups and voluntary organisations of any size.

  • Arts Partnership Awards - annual grants, usually between £500 to £2,500 towards community arts activities that are supported by a match funding partner and are generally made at 5% to 10% of the total requested from the match funding partner.
  • Environmental Sustainability - annual awards of up to £2,500 for community and voluntary organisations either to develop or improve environmental sustainability within their organisation, or to deliver activities that improve the local environment.
  • Community Festival Grants - annual grants of up to £1,500 to fund festivals in local neighbourhoods that celebrate the diversity of local communities of interest and identity. Please note that these grants will not be awarded to occasional 'events' such as musical performances or art exhibitions.

The next deadline for applications is 2nd October 2015 (for activities from January 2016 to March 2016).

  • Summer Pride Grants 2015 - grants to fund the delivery of activities for educational or community benefit as part of Pride Brighton& Hove. Pride is the city's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender festival. Grants are usually up to £500 for activities on the parade and/or at the park.

Further information can be found on the 'Specialist Grants' page.

Hedgcock Bequest

The Hedgcock Bequest is a small charitable trust fund administered by the Communities Team. The bequest awards grants up to £1,000 to mainly smaller community and voluntary organisations working for the wider benefit of residents of Brighton & Hove. In exceptional circumstances larger awards are made.

The income limit for organisations applying to the Hedgcock Bequest is usually £25,000.

The next application closing date is 2nd October 2015 (for activities from January 2016 to March 2016.)

For more information, please visit the 'Hedgcock Bequest' page on Brighton and Hove City Council' s Website or download the 'Guidance Notes.'

Three Year Strategic Grants Programme 2013-2016

The three year strategic grants programme supports not for profit organisations in the city with an income of more than £35,000 per year.

The Policy & Resources Committee 29 November 2012 agreed allocation of three year strategic grants 2013-16.

Applications are now closed. Please check here for updates on the next grant period and application opening dates.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Community and Voluntary Sector Grants: A full list of grants and services administered by Brighton and Hove Council to the voluntary sector.

Useful organisations:

Support for Groups: Brighton and Hove no longer have a CVS branch, instead they have an online portal, 'support for groups', which is run by the Brighton and Hove ChangeUp Consortium. This website provides support, information and details of services that are available to voluntary sector organisations in the Brighton and Hove area.

This website is very easy to use and contains comprehensive and up-to-date information of the council's funding for the voluntary and community sector.

The information provided was easy to find under Community and Life Events - Community Grants and Voluntary Sector Support, and a lot of useful additional information is given around external funding, support services, local links, the local compact and a set of service standards that the voluntary sector unit adhere to.

The staff in the voluntary sector unit were also very helpful and forthcoming with information, and very knowledgeable on local government, central government and external funding opportunities in Brighton and Hove.

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