Brighton & Hove City Council - Annual Grants Programme 2016-17

Brighton and Hove City Council is now inviting applications to the Annual Grants Programme 2016-17. The programme provides funding to local community groups, voluntary organisations & not-for-profit social enterprise.

Please see the attached “At a Glance” Guide to Grants 2016-17. Further guidance and bid forms can be downloaded from the council’s website here. There are 3 deadlines for applications;

*         15 April 2016

*         8 July 2016

*         14 October 2016

For further information or any questions please call the Communities, Equality & Third Sector Team on 01273 291114 or E mail<


Coast to Capital grant funding now open for applications

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership in partnership with West Sussex County Council have now launched their Grants programme and is looking for small and medium sized businesses that are looking to expand and create new jobs.

This year we have two types of grants available- Small Grants which are between £5,000 and £20,000 and Business Growth Grants which are between £15,000 and £100,000. Grants are for businesses based in the Coast to Capital area and can only be used for capital expenditure. We have £250,000 available for Small Grants and £1,000,000 for Business Growth Grants between now and March 2016.  Both grants will provide 50% towards a growth project. 

Businesses have until 8th July 2015 to apply for a Small Grant and until 15th September 2015 or before if the money available is awarded prior to this date to submit an Expression of Interest for the Business Growth Grants.

The Small Grants are available to businesses from all sectors and the Business Growth Grants are available to businesses in one of Coast to Capitals priority sectors or those that show strong medium term growth plans. 

Further information including eligibility criteria and application forms are available at for small grants and for Business Growth Grants.

Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants

Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants

The Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants Programme has been launched and they are looking for Small and Medium (SME) sized businesses that want to grow and to create new jobs. £2,457,000 is available for this financial year.

Applications from all sectors are welcome but the programme particularly would like to see applications from companies in the following sectors, which have been identified as key sectors for the Coast to Capital region :

  • Advanced Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Environmental Technologies, Goods and Services
  • Creative, Digital and IT
  • Healthcare, Medical Technology and Life Sciences

Start-ups, existing businesses and social enterprises are invited to apply.

Applications for Expressions of Interest are now open and will remain open until 12 noon on 30 September 2016 or until the amount of funding available is awarded, whichever is the earliest.

For details on eligibility, what the grant can be used for and how to apply contact Claire on 07876 809145 or email

crowdfunding for good causes - report by NESTA

Based on interviews with UK crowdfunding platforms and a survey of more than 450 charities, community groups and social entrepreneurs, this report, created by NESTA in partnership with NCVO, explores opportunities and challenges in crowdfunding for good causes.

social entrepreneurs should:

  • try and set up at least one crowdfunding campaign
  • join up fundraising and campaigning teams to run crowdfunding campaigns
  • curate a group of projects on a pre-existing platform or develop a customised crowdfunding platform (particularly relevant for larger organisations or networks).

Download the report; Crowdfunding Good Causes

Authors; Jonathan Bone and Peter Baeck

Current funding opportunities

Here’s a handy highlight of current funding opportunities for food projects and more, gathered together by our friends at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Sussex Community Foundation
Up to £5,000 / Next deadline Friday 15th July
Your go-to place for local grants if your income is less than £500,000.  This round includes the following grants; East Brighton Trust (up to £500), Ardis Fund (to support people with dementia Up to £10,000), Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund (Up to £1,500),  Brighton Rock (benefit older people and environment, Up to £5,000),  Cullum Family Fund (Homelessness, children and older people up to £5,000), southern water (up to £2,000 – will address issues of water on community allotments).

The Southern Cooperative – Love your Neighbourhood Fund
Up to £1,000 / No deadline
Key themes are greener, healthier, safer and more inclusive neighbourhoods.  This includes improving green spaces by supporting community gardens and improving people’s diets and encouraging healthy eating habits..  This fund is to support project’s starting or to purchase equipment.

Greggs Small Environment Grants / Local Community Projects Grants
Up to £2,000 / Deadline 1st July
Will fund community growing projects who are working with disadvantaged people.​​

Postcode Local Trust
Up to £2000 (non-charities), Up to £20,000 (charities) / Funding open 1st Sept – 30th Sept
This fund is specifically about enhancing the natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.  Will fund community growing projects, orchards etc


Postcode Trusts
Up to £20,000 (if charity) up to £2,000 if not / Open 1st – 31st May
Also both these postcode trusts are open in May for applications, one based on poverty the other around Community Engagement.  They may not be suitable to community growing projects but could be suitable for other food projects:

Brighton Soup
Next event Friday 1st July
Fancy pitching your idea to a group of people eating soup and gaining some funding?

Skiptons Building Society Grassroots Giving
Up to £500 / Deadline 29th July
Funding for small community projects

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Have you recently set up a business or plan to do so soon? Are you an experienced social entrepreneur interested in mentoring a new entrepreneur? Then, the Erasmus for entrepreneurs programme is for you! (…and there is NO age limit!)

Euclid Network, the European network for social enterprises and civil society organisations, is implementing a European-funded programme that allows new or aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in another country, the Erasmus for entrepreneurs programme.

The Erasmus programme gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in another European country. The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur (host entrepreneur), which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets. The stay is funded by the European Union.

Euclid Network is trying to involve a maximum number of social entrepreneurs in the programme. If you are interested in taking part, please check your eligibility criteria and about Erasmus programme in general at If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Yaghil, Policy & Network Officer at Euclid Network, at

Funds available - 'Social Investment Business'

‘Social Investment Business’  has a number of funds available to help civil society organisations access finance, support and long term strategic thinking;

GOOD FINANCE; a website for charities and social enterprises

SEUK are involved in Good Finance: a collaborative project which aims to improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises. The project has been undertaking research with a range of people in social sector organisations to try and ensure it is built with them at its heart, and that it is as useful as possible for them. The research has identified (or reinforced) some of the areas that create ‘friction’ between the financiers and the enterprises – these include language (jargon), knowledge (on both sides) and mindsets (particularly the fixed ones).

The Good Finance project is about reducing this friction, and building knowledge and confidence – so it is now looking a little deeper into how that can be achieved.

Government Consultation

The Government are carrying out a consultation on a new fund to support the sustainablility of the volunteary, community and social enterprise sector. Find out and respond here before midday on 24th July.

Incubation Prog & a share of €100k grant - for green #socents

Let it Grow Lab, located in Amsterdam is calling on innovators with green fingers who are working on businesses and/or projects that embrace plants and flowers as opportunities to improve our urban lives. We invite you to apply for Let it Grow Lab’s five-month incubation programme that includes a chance at sharing a €100,000 grant.

Applications now accepted. More details from the Let it Grow Lab.

infocus funding award: women in innovation

Innovate UK is launching a new initiative, infocus, to spearhead our work to encourage diversity in innovation and to boost the UK economy

Women in Innovation is their first action under the infocus initiative. Innovate UK will invest £200,000 to get more women innovating in business. They want to enable and encourage more women to participate in Innovate UK competitions and take advantage of their support.

They are running this process to identify 12 women who will benefit from a unique tailor-made package of support. In addition, 4 of these women will also receive £50,000 to further their plans and make a stellar impact in the world of innovation.

The competition is open to any woman in the UK with experience in business innovation.

Register before the 24th Aug
For more info and to download specifications, visit this link.