East Brighton Trust Statement on Covid-19

Small Grants announcement November 2020

Since the start of the pandemic East Brighton Trust has responded through our grant giving to a range of recent emergency situations caused by the Covid crisis.

Over the past few months we have awarded a significant amount of grants totalling over £60,000, directing these where they were most needed and benefiting thousands of people across East Brighton.

We are therefore cancelling our January small grants round but hope to be in a position to recommence grant funding later next year.

Read about some of the amazing community initiatives which have received emergency funding from East Brighton Trust this year →

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In recognition that the current Covid-19 outbreak may be causing uncertainty and concern to the groups we work with, we would like to provide a message of support and reassurance. We’d like to do whatever we can to ensure that you can continue your work and to support your community through the challenge of Covid-19.

We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and follow the latest advice from the government. We will update our website and social media if anything changes. The current government advice can be found here.

Our current information on grants is in line with the Sussex Community Foundation general Covid-19 guidance.  

Small Grants applications

We and our colleagues at Sussex Community Foundation have been responding to local needs as community groups work hard to adjust their services to the coronavirus lock down and, at the same time, continue to meet the needs of the people they support.

The importance of providing access to quick emergency funding was considered the greatest priority during this time. As a result, we have decided for this year, in line with Sussex Community Foundation, to reduce the number of our normal grant-making rounds in 2020 from three to two. 

Our next Small Grants dealines have been postponed due to overwhelming need for emergency funding. 

Delays to project delivery

We appreciate that many of the organisations we support may have difficulty in delivering services, projects and events. Don’t worry if you need to delay the activity we funded before the pandemic. We are happy for you to keep the funds we have given you, until you are able to deliver the activity you applied for.

Changes to funded activities

If there are any changes you may need to make to your application, or if you have any issues with the delivery of an existing grant – please don’t worry, we are able to offer flexibility on timescales and/or moving your grant award to other, more pressing needs, if that is required. Please let our colleagues at Sussex Community Foundation know by email at grants@sussexgiving.org.uk if this is likely to be the case and we can respond accordingly.