Thanks to all those who took the time to apply to the East Brighton Trust Small Grants programme recently. Every year the East Brighton Trust Fund supports voluntary or not-for-profit community groups to undertake projects or run events that benefit people who live in East Brighton. Applications can be made to the value of £750.
Once again we were blown away but the variety and breadth of incredible local community initiatives.
We are happy to announce that the successful applicants are as follows…
Gladrags Community Costume Resource
Gladrags is a unique provider of subsidised costume resources. Their 8000 pre-loved costumes enrich community-centred projects across Sussex in arts, theatre, education, and wellbeing. They deliver free activities that encourage creative outlets within disadvantaged communities. Funding was requested for their 'Stich My Way' sewing sessions for young people in East Brighton.
Badgers Tennis Club
Badgers Tennis Club is a thriving club based in East Brighton with particular strength in developing junior players. They offer free tennis coaching to children attending The Manor Gym. Funding was requested for training for their Youth Coach.
Resource Centre specialises in support for small volunteer-led groups in marginalised communities. They enable them to achieve their own aims more effectively through one-to-one advice, training and consultancy; free online information sheets and webpages; community accounting support; provision of design and print services; and access to equipment for meetings and events. Funding was requested for their support work with community groups.
Spiral Sussex exists to support and facilitate adults with learning disabilities, working to improve their quality of life through activities, skill development and inclusion. They provide holidays, out-of-hours clubs, and a space for creative expression at our centre. Funding was for green screen flooring and props for their film group.
Bevy Seniors Fund
Bevy Seniors Club provides a safe, welcoming space to isolated people - mainly 50 plus - to share company, food, and activities, but also take an active part in the group, make decisions, and participate in the wider community of Moulsecoomb. Funding was requested for transport, activities, food and equipment costs.
Menopause and Mind
Menopause and Mind raise awareness of the impact of menopause on mental health and provide support for any people experiencing menopause-related mental health struggles. They focus on well-being, transformation and connection, building networks, using creative approaches to mental well-being, and practices of collective care through care cafes and art workshops. Funding was requested for art workshops at Whitehawk Community Centre.
On Your Way (Job Club and Digital Inclusion)
On Your Way (Job Club and Digital Inclusion) is a project run by and for local people living in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. They provide on-the-spot advice at weekly drop-in sessions focussed on finding work, digital inclusion, benefits, and emergency help, adapted to the needs of those who use them. Funding was requested for core costs.
Exploring Senses is a not-for-profit community arts organisation. They work in partnership with local communities, youth clubs, libraries, schools, arts organisations, and local authorities. They provide arts and technology participatory activities, which improve health, well-being, skills and knowledge, community cohesion, collaboration and reduce isolation. Funding was requested for five MakerLab sessions in East Brighton.
Brighton and Hove Speak Out
Brighton and Hove Speak Out work alongside people with learning disabilities (PWLD) to make sure they get their voices heard, can address problems they face, and live fulfilling lives. They deliver advocacy with impact, through which PWLD develop networks, skills, and confidence to challenge discrimination, make life choices, and access services they need. Funding was requested for workshops and activities.
The abc Fund provides trips and treats for young families facing adversity. Funding was requested for a trip for 20 families to the Lavendar Line and miniature railway in Isfield.
Noor-ul Huda's focus is on bringing together Muslim women and their children to enjoy food, cultural activities, peer-to-peer support, and learning for our children. Funding was requested to go towards an educational trip to London in the summer holidays.
Fledglings Outdoor Play
Fledglings Outdoor Play run Forest School (and Beach School) inspired outdoor play sessions for families with young children in East Brighton. Their aim is to provide outdoor play opportunities for all, which connect children with their natural environment. Funding was requested for their forest school activities and subsidised places for East Brighton families.
Due East Brighton
Due East is a resident-led organisation operating in the estates of Whitehawk, Manor Farm, and the Bristol Estate in Brighton and Hove, working to promote the area, support local decision-making by local people, tackle exclusion, and maximise resources available to the area. Funding was requested for their pilot Summer Playscheme, providing creative and nature-based activities and a warm healthy meal for 80 children and their families.
Pelican Parcels work in Brighton & Hove to recycle pre-loved essential items for babies and children aged 0-12. They take them from families who no longer need them and give them to children who do. Volunteers sort toys, clothes, books, furniture and equipment and share with families in need. Funding was requested for core costs for their work in East Brighton.
St Cuthman’s Whitehawk
St Cuthman's Whitehawk run a the Youth Café launched in 2014. It is a safe, free place for young people to hang out, with youth workers to talk to and low-key games and activities for youth. The grant will go towards the cost of refreshments/snacks.
Fabrica charity uses the visual arts to improve the well-being of people facing health, income, social or age-related disadvantages. They deliver creative engagement and social prescribing activities which are consistent, person-centered, and co-produced. Funding was requested for their Men In Sheds projects in Craven Vale and Whitehawk Hill Allotments Society.
Family Thing is a Brighton-based dance school for people with learning differences and diverse abilities. They celebrate each individual and promote connection so more people feel free to believe they can. Funding is requested for their weekly dance sessions at East Brighton Bounce.
The Future is Unwritten
The Future Is Unwritten was founded as a touring theatre company, working on a project-to-project non-profit basis. TFIU has evolved into a community arts organisation serving disadvantaged people in Whitehawk. In 2022 they created the Made in Whitehawk pilot project, running courses, working with a first-time playwright, and producing a community cabaret. Funding was requested for an outreach worker for their Whitehawk Sings workshops.
Crew Club is a grassroots youth and community organisation that delivers over forty hours of free positive activities a week for children and emergency food support for families living on the Whitehawk Estate in Brighton. Funding was requested for a day trip to Littlehampton Beach and Harbour Park for 20 families.
Little Green Pig
Little Green Pig (LGP) supports children and young people (CYP) who face challenging circumstances in deprived areas of Sussex; through creative writing programmes that build confidence, literacy, communication skills and wellbeing. They work with schools and cultural partners assisted by their team of skilled volunteers from the community. Funding was requested for their InterPlay sessions in East Brighton.
Congratulations to all the beneficiaries. Applications will close for the next round of Small Grant Funds on 8th September 2023.