A&W Funding Update March 2020

A&W Funding update from Community Works


Sussex Community Foundation 

The National Emergencies Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Up to £5000 available from the Sussex Crisis Fund from Sussex Community Foundation 

Martin’s Lewis grants programme – £3million available for immediate poverty relief – remains open but may close shortly due to demand. 

Argus Appeal via Sussex Community Foundation, fast track up to £1000.


Worthing Community Chest 

Worthing Community Chest is offering grants of up to £250 that are designed to be as flexible, quick and easy as possible. No application form, just an email to grants@worthincommunitychest.org  and a follow-up telephone conversation. No monitoring forms, just the receipts and some photos or videos to show the project in action. They are loosening our usual criteria on types of bank account and written constitution. Groups may even reapply for additional funding if need is proven to be ongoing.

Adur Community Grants

Grants for not-for-profit organisations and groups in Adur of up to £5,000.The current main priority is to support not-for-profit groups who are helping residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Deadline 30th April. More information here: Adur Community Grants


Active Sussex 

No specific funds although Active at Home advice  (https://www.activesussex.org/activeathome/) and are using #StayActiveSussex to promote physical activity. 

Sport England have  general information and guidance on the following page – https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home


Reaching Communities National Lottery

Update from CEO: Updated statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 | The National Lottery Community Fund

Details of an emergency fund will be announced next week…


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Are asking for help from you to understand the need, and have a short #survey Tell us how coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting you. An urgent call for evidence from the heritage sector

We have already had over 500 #heritage organisations respond and this information will help us understand as much as possible about how the #Covid-19 pandemic is affecting you  


West Sussex County Council – Community Initiative Fund

Update coming….they are just in the process of working out how to quickly process applications to the Microfund (up to £750) 

Arts Council

New Emergency fund can be used to support business resilience as well as enable cultural organisations to develop new public facing activity during the Covid-19 emergency, for example, organisations who have new ideas to harness the power of digital in sharing creativity at the moment. Up to £35,000

Artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture.  

More details on their website


Staff Costs and Government support

You can find out more about the government’s support for the charity sector including Government advice on paying salaries at this time.


Crowdfunding platforms

Lots of activity for COVID-19 projects across all the sites with high success rates. 

SPACEHIVE Waiving all fees and providing platform services for free. 

Crowdfunder – waiving all fees. 

Go fund me – Free, lots of local and global COVID-19 ideas

Justgiving – Free, focussing on the Homeless, The elderly, foodbanks, the health service and those who are isolated.

Businesses and social enterprises using it as a platform for pay it forward fundraising. Selling products in advance ie MILK Cafe, Glasgow

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