Funding Opportunities

Wealden Community Lottery

Ticket sales for Wealden’s first Community Lottery is now live!

The Wealden Community Lottery offers an additional method of raising funds for local organisations that give so much to the community. Organisations who deliver activities and services for the Wealden Community can sign up to the Wealden Community Lottery.

A generous 50% of the ticket proceeds from the Wealden lottery will go to charities, voluntary organisations, sports clubs, parish councils, residents associations and other not-for-profit groups with the remainder being put towards a central fund, prizes, operating costs and VAT. Tickets will cost £1.


To date we are selling over 1500 tickets a week and currently have over 60 good causes benefitting from raising funds on the platform.


Wealden’s Community Lottery website is live:


Opportunity to raise funds for your local organisation with Wealden Community Lottery

  • Join over 50 good causes in our area raising funds every month with Wealden Community Lottery.
  • It’s FREE for your organisation to join and you receive 50p from every ticket you sell via your page on our website.
  • Each ticket costs £1 a week and the draw takes place every Saturday at 8 pm.
  • All you need to do is market the lottery to your supporters. You’ll even be provided with marketing materials to help get you started.
  • Applying is easy – it’s all done online and takes a few minutes.
  • Full terms and conditions are on our website.


Crowdfunder (new funds available in May!)

Crowdfunder gives local organisations the opportunity to raise money and potentially match fund against external funding pots in just 6 weeks. Pots to match fund against through Crowdfunder currently includes:

  • East Sussex Community Wellbeing FundUp to £5,000 available to support great ideas in East Sussex. The Community Wellbeing Fund aims to support projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex.
  • BA Better World Community Fund – Up to £15,000 to support communities to create a better world by putting sustainability at the heart of what they do.
  • Aviva Community Fund – Supporting projects that boost the resilience of communities (Max £50,000).
  • Mortgage Advice Bureau Foundation – Get up to £5,000 for your sustainable community based project.
  • Sport England: Active Together – Funding for keeping communities physically active (max £10,000).
  • Sport England: Places & Spaces – Up to £10,000 to improve your Place or Space and keep your community physically active.
  • Crowdfund East Sussex – East Sussex County Council’s most recent campaign is supporting six projects. They are crowdfunding to make a variety of positive change in East Sussex. These projects need your help, so have a look at what they are aiming to achieve, donate, and share to show your support to these great projects!
  • Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund – Up to £5,000 to support projects to protect and restore nature in their communities. Whether you’re working together to plant community gardens, support local wildlife or anything else you do to help nature near you, they will give you £2 for every £1 you raise, to help your project reach its fundraising target quicker.


For further information, feel free to contact Kat Jenner on or to sign up on one of the hourly introduction sessions to crowdfunder–london/crowdfunder/?page=1

Crowdfunder website:


National Awards for All

Application deadline: Ongoing. Apply at least 12 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.

Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Maximum value: £ 10,000

Objectives of Fund: National Lottery Awards for All is a small grants programme provided by the National Lottery Community Fund.


The funding is intended for projects that support communities to thrive by:

  • Building strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Helping more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
  • Supporting people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis.


Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from:

  • Voluntary and community organisations.
  • Constituted groups and clubs.
  • Registered charities.
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).
  • Not-for-profit companies.
  • Community interest companies (CICs).
  • Schools (for projects that benefit and involve the communities around the school).
  • Statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish and community council).
  • Community benefit societies.


To note, The National Lottery has a number of funds that are currently open for local groups to apply for. Take a look here:


UK Community Ownership Fund – Updated Prospectus Published for Application Round Three

Round 3 Window 1 of applications will open on 31 May 2023 and close at 11.59am on 12 July 2023.

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund aims to support charities and community groups across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community.

The fund forms part of a package of UK wide levelling-up interventions, helping to support recovery, build opportunity and empower communities to improve their local places.

Ahead of the opening of the third round of applications, the Fund has published an updated prospectus to support potential applicants in making a submission.

To be eligible, the applicant must be an incorporated organisation which is set up to deliver charitable purpose, social purpose or public benefit. Eligible organisation types include:

  • Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).
  • Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO).
  • Co-operatives including Community Benefit Societies.
  • Community Interest Company (CIC).
  • Not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
  • Parish, town or community council.


 Co-op Local Fund Reopens for 2023 Applications

The deadline to apply is midnight on 7 June 2023.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations across the UK and Isle of Man can now apply for grants from the Co-op Local Community Fund, which allows Co-op members to support the projects they care most about.


The grants will be awarded for projects around Co-op food stores and funeral homes that:

  • Bring people together to access food.
  • Help to improve people’s mental wellbeing.
  • Create opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference.
  • Help people to save and restore nature or tackle climate change.

Funding is determined by Co-op community members who vote on the project they wish to support in their local community. The more Co-op members that support the project and shop at Co-op, the more money groups will receive.

In most areas, this is between £1,000 and £3,000 on average. Successful groups will receive a minimum of £1,000 to support their projects.

Groups can use the postcode checker on the Co-op website to receive an estimation of the average grant size in their area.


Safer Wealden Partnership Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Funding for community-led interventions is available from the Safer Wealden Partnership. The Safer Wealden Partnership is a Community Safety Partnership and is primarily focused on helping communities to develop solutions that help tackle crime, fear of crime, and anti-social behaviours.

Bids for this money must clearly demonstrate how the project, or intervention, meets one or more of the following six Safer Wealden Partnership priorities for the 2023/24 year.


These priorities are:

  1. Working to ensure local people feel safe and secure and reducing the fear of crime.
  2. Working together to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Wealden’s roads and to improve road safety awareness.
  3. Working to protect and divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour.
  4. To work in partnership to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour.
  5. Working to reduce acquisitive crime
  6. Working with partners to understand the impact of serious violence in the district and begin work to reduce it.


An application form must be filled to be considered for funding. Bids of over £1500 will go to the finance subcommittee for further scrutiny after being approved at the joint action group meeting.

If you would like to learn more about the funding available, or if you would like to request an application form, please use the following email address:


£10m Energy and Climate Programme from National Lottery Community Fund

Application deadline – You can apply when you’re ready. We expect the programme to remain open until at least December 2023 but it will depend on when and how many others apply for our funding.

Stage 1 applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

As part of its wider commitment to supporting climate action, National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is delivering a new grant scheme which focuses on community energy projects across the UK.

There is a total funding pot of £10 million, which includes £1.5 million for a Learning Network. More information on this is expected in April 2023.

The Fund offers grants of £500,000 to £1.5 million over two to five years for place-based partnerships, UK-wide partnerships or single voluntary and community organisations.


Projects are required to do at least one of the following:

  • Encourage people and communities to use energy in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Bring communities together so that they can explore ways to promote energy efficiency.
  • Enable communities to understand and engage with opportunities for clean energy generation, which do not use fossil fuels.

Grants can be used on project costs, revenue costs and some capital costs. It is expected that most funding will be for revenue.


There will online information sessions for interested applicants in the coming months. The link to register can be found on the NLCF website:


‘Food hubs’ grant funding available for Community Fridges

Deadline: Applications close Wednesday 31st May

Community Fridges bring people together around good food. Across the UK they are reducing social isolation, increasing access to skills, sharing knowledge and repurposing fresh (surplus) food.

Hubbub know that many groups want to do more, and so in partnership with Starbucks we’re offering £7,000 (per group) in funding for up to 50 Community Fridges to develop additional food initiatives.

These additional activities could be skills workshops, growing initiatives, gardening schemes or cooking (to name a few)! So, if you’re already running an open Community Fridge feel free to apply.


Magic Little Grants

Applications will be accepted from 1 March to 31 Oct 2023

Smaller charities and community groups across Great Britain can apply for one-off £500 grants.

The funding is for projects that fall within one of the following themes:

Providing support to improve mental health.

Enabling participation in physical activity.

Enabling participation in the arts.

Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.

Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality.

Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency.

Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors.

Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work. Successful applicants can expect to hear the outcome within six weeks.


Sports England – Small Grants Programme

The closing date for applications to the programme is 30 June.

Small Grants Programme returns with awards of between £300 – £15,000.

Our Small Grants Programme can now give 50% larger awards to help communities get active after the maximum grant amount was increased to £15,000 for 2023 (was previously £10,000)

The Small Grants Programme was put on hold for a year in 2022 as we launched the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, which was designed to bring communities together through activity.


We believe that communities that work together and share resources provide a stronger and more sustainable impact.

So, the programme will also prioritise projects that focus on environmental sustainability, can demonstrate how they connect with their communities, provide the biggest possible impact to those who need it most and are working with people living in areas of disadvantage.

Applications can be made for awards of between £300 and £15,000, with multiple applications permitted but organisations can only have awards totalling £15,000 or less in any 12-month period.

Only not-for-profit organisations are eligible for the programme and applications should explain the need for the project as well as how end users have been involved in its development.


Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards

Our General Awards are open to applications. We have three main rounds of grant-giving each year. Upcoming deadlines for applications (unless specified otherwise) is 5:00pm (1700 hours) as follows:

Friday 8th September 2023 (Decisions November 2023)

Our grants programme is made up of a range of funds which help to address disadvantage and deprivation and build resilience in Sussex communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. We are particularly keen to support grassroots community groups and small-to-medium sized voluntary organisations. Please note our general funds cannot support small contributions to large capital appeals or campaigns. General round grants are available to cover a range of core and project costs including support for work planned in response to the pandemic.


Awards for All

Application deadline: Ongoing

Awards for All funding from the National Lottery, which gives out awards from £300 upwards:

In order to support communities, we fund projects and organisations which aim to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.


In addition to meeting one or more of the above funding priorities we are also able to fund projects that

  • support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis.


Funding size – £300 to £10,000, for up to one year


Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Current Status: Close on 26 May (1pm).

Grants are available to smaller charities and other charitable organisations for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Maximum value: £60,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home.
  • Helping people into a home.
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.


SGN Safe and Warm Fund

The SGN Safe and Warm funding opportunity is for small grassroots organisations who already have good relationships with their communities &/or clients, and are keen to provide extra support with personalised energy advice and advice on carbon monoxide safety.

  • We can support you to find relevant training if this is a new area of work for you, and we will provide up to date information on the type of energy bill support available for households, as well as running webinars for awarded groups on providing energy advice.
  • Groups can apply for up to £25,000 and must operate within the SGN area. Projects must complete by December 2023.
  • There is no fixed deadline for this funding opportunity, but we encourage you to apply soon before funds run out.

Further information is available on our webpage

Guidance & link to apply:
SGN Safe and Warm Info for Applicants March 2023.pdf

SGN Safe and Warm – questions for applicants – Feb 2023.pdf

Do get in touch if you have any questions or want any support to complete an application, via email, or call our switchboard and ask to speak to Lydia or Vic – 0117 934 1400


Tesco’s Community Grants

Deadline: Mid May

Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.

Grants will be awarded to schools, voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

The next Tesco Community Grants July/August/September voting round will especially focus on food related projects in schools.

To qualify please apply for a food related project eg. cooking or food related clubs, or other themed activities offering food as part of their delivery, holiday hunger and fit and fed programmes, allotments and horticultural projects encouraging growing food etc.


Village Hall Funding:

Please see below list of funding opportunities for village halls, community buildings:


Garfield Weston Foundation:

Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.

Current Status: Open for Applications

Maximum value: Discretionary


Biffa Award – Community Buildings

Description: Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to provide and improve community buildings that are located within the vicinity of a Biffa Operation or Biffa Landfill site in order to ‘act as mechanisms’ for community involvement.

Current Status: Open for Applications

Maximum value: £ 75,000

Objectives of Fund

The Biffa Award Community Buildings theme provides grants to improve community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls within five miles of a significant Biffa Operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site with the aim of encouraging and enhancing community involvement.


SUEZ Communities Trust Landfill Communities Fund – Primary Fund (England)

Next Deadline: 31 May for a decision by early August.


Grants are available to non-profit making organisations in qualifying areas of England for improvements to local community facilities, historic buildings and structures, sport and recreation facilities.

Current Status: Open for Applications

Maximum value: £ 50,000

Objectives of Fund: The LCF Primary Fund Programme supports capital improvement works to public amenity projects for community use


Veolia Environmental Trust

Closes 22 June 2023 (noon) with a decision by 5 September 2023.

Description: Grants for constituted, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities for projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

Current Status: Future

Maximum value: £ 75,000

Objectives of Fund

The Trust currently offers three grant schemes:

  • Community Grants are for constituted, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities to create or improve community buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community.
  • Environmental Improvement Grants are for Environmental Bodies that are enrolled with ENTRUST, the regulator of The Landfill Communities Fund, and are a registered charity. Grants are available to enable landscape scale improvement projects such as habitat creation/management, and/or species protection.
  • Habitat and Biodiversity Grants are for constituted, not-for-profit organisations that are enrolled with ENTRUST to support structural improvements to a single habitat, such as a waterway, woodland, or nature reserve.