Funding scheme opens to city’s community and voluntary groups

Community and voluntary organisations throughout the city are being invited to apply for part of a £365,000 council funding scheme.

The Communities Fund gives money to a wide variety of organisations including self-help groups, community centres, neighbourhood events, sports, culture, arts and environmental work.

This is the second of three funding rounds this year, and anyone wishing to apply has until Friday 20 July, with the deadline for round three on 19 October.

Councillor Emma Daniel, chair of the council’s Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities & Equalities Committee, said: “The Communities Fund is a fantastic way of ensuring the city’s voluntary and community groups receive much-needed support, help and, in particular, funding while recognising the positive impact of voluntary action.”

The focus of the funding has three main purposes – improving wellbeing, building cohesion and promoting fairness through three funding streams: The Engagement Fund with awards up to £2,000; the Resilience Fund up to £10,000 and the Collaboration Fund up to £15,000.

Cllr Daniel added: “Last year we provided funding for 100 groups who are making a really positive impact to the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable communities and residents, so I’d really urge organisations to apply.”

One of the groups who has benefited from round one funding is Disability Pride Brighton, a group that supports disabled people throughout the city, and which is holding an event on Hove Lawns on Saturday 14 July.

Cllr Daniels added: “We’re delighted to have awarded £7,500 to such a fabulous organisation for an event that touches the lives of so many people throughout the city. Taking place at Hove Lawns on 14 July, the event will see Disability Pride Brighton host a vibrant programme of activities, while working alongside many third sector partners.

“The money is a significant investment and alongside help with event planning and business support from council’s events, communities, equality and third sector teams, represents a substantial package of support.

“In only its second year since starting, Disability Pride Brighton has already established itself as a popular and much valued contributor to the city’s busy cultural calendar. The organisation helps many disabled residents challenge injustice and prejudice, and improves well-being and cohesion across the city.”

The fund is supported by the Phillip Hedgcock Bequest – a charitable trust fund administered by the Communities, Equality & Third Sector Team – with investment from the council’s Textile Recycling Fund.

Organisations wanting to apply can do so online at https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/apply-to-the-communities-fund

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