Our grants schemes

Since 2008, East Brighton Trust has given out over £750,000 helping fund everything from school minibuses to local festivals, trips for older people, gardening groups, children’s playgroups and sports clubs.

We distribute funds via a range of grants schemes which you can read about below. 

Next small grants deadlines:

Summer grants: Deadline passed. Decisions expected late June
Winter Grants: Friday 10th September 2021 (Decisions approx. 6 weeks later in late October)

Small Grants announcement 2021

Since the start of the pandemic East Brighton Trust has responded through our grant giving to a range of emergency situations caused by the Covid crisis. Throughout 2020 we 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. Read about these →

Like many businesses, we have been impacted by the pandemic and have seen a reduction in our earnings. This has affected the amount of funds we are able to distribute. 

We have therefore decided to limit our small grants awards to Summer and Winter grants of £500 for the 2021/22 financial year. We will not be accepting ad hoc grants outside of the small grants process.

This will enable us to reach as many groups as possible across East Brighton. 

Small Grants

Our small grants scheme helps to support East Brighton community groups with up to £500 to help pay for events and activities for the benefit of people living in the area. 

We accept small grants applications at least twice a year via an online form on the Sussex Community Foundation website. Find out more →

Primary School Enrichment Grants

These are grants provided by East Brighton Trust to local schools to pay for activities which enrich the lives of the children attending them. Find out more →

Colin Sayers Fund

(Currently closed to applications) This is a fund set up in memory of former East Brighton Trust chair Colin Sayers to provide emergency funds or 'Random acts of kindness' to local groups in urgent need. Find out more →

The Resource Centre Grant

Since 2016 East Brighton Trust has been providing an annual grant for the Resource Centre to provide dedicated support for volunteer-run grassroots groups in East Brighton. Find out more →

Partnership Grants

(Currently closed to applications) Our partnership grants are a commitment from East Brighton Trust to fund key local organisations with fixed grant every year for a number of years ( usually three).  Find out more →

East Brighton Trust Seed Fund at The Bevy

In 2019 we provided an East Brighton Trust Seed Fund at The Bevy to address the fact that some community groups in their very early stages aren’t yet eligible to apply for one of our small grants. Find out more →