Update on funding – FREE advice event on 5th Oct!

Financial support for local projects is getting tighter. National government continue to reduce funding for local councils and in turn local councils have less money to spend. This also affects what grants we can apply for. But it’s not all bad news. There are still opportunities to get funding for our communities. There’s an event coming up on 5th October where we can get free advice on how to apply for grants from two important funds:

EU Funding for Rural Development

Find out more about the EU  ‘EAFRD’ and ‘LEADER’ funds at a special FREE event being held at Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton BN7 3AE on Thursday 5th October 2017, 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Book your free place:  www.eventbrite.com/e/selep-eafrd-leader-funding-event-east-sussex-tickets-37059105783

Yes,  these two EU funds are still open for local organisations to apply for grants , despite the Conservatives ploughing ahead with Brexit!

I’m going and I hope organisations in my council ward will also attend. Whilst writing I thought it would be useful to provide an update on other sources of funding. If you know of one I have mentioned please let me know and I’ll publicise it.

Update on finding sources of funding

Earlier this year I wrote about the Lewes District Community Safety Partnership through which one can apply for small amounts of funding. At the time I was particularly focusing on grant funding to carry out designing technical studies for improving safety and traffic calming on the C7. Obviously there are other areas of safety where communities and organisations can apply for funding. Last year I also wrote about gaining grants from various organisations and, in addition to the above, I listed a number including:

EU funding, Community Safety Partnership, Sustainable Communities Fund, Matched Funding, LEPs. For more detail click here

Explanatory note:


This is really a government agency through which the Government are channelling investment into the local area. When the Conservative government came to power in 2015 they combined the separate funds for a number different transport modes into one fund administered by the LEP’s – the Local Growth Fund. However we shouldn’t be put off and should still apply for grants for capital projects relating to cycling, pathways and bus services. It’s tougher than before because you’re competing with funding for new trading estates and urban area roadways schemes. However it’s the only way to get the money!

Sustainable Communities Fund

This fund is run by the National Park and organisations including parish councils who can apply for funding if they believe their project is bringing social, environmental, economic or cultural benefits to a community within the National Park.

EU funding

There are two funds which despite the Conservatives ploughing ahead with Brexit you can still apply for:

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Fund (EAFRD) will support capital grants for Rural Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure projects. Applying for funding is through a two-stage process, the first stage of which is a very straightforward Expression of Interest form.

LEADER funding is used to support projects proposed by farmers & growers etc, as well as small rural business and rural community groups It aims to improve the economy and quality of life for people in rural communities.  I am hoping that community groups in the Lower Ouse including the parishes of Kingston,  Iford & Swanborough,  Rodmell, Southease and Piddinghoe will investigate the EU LEADER grant scheme to help sustain their local communities. This could include projects to support projects such as:

Small Enterprises and Farm Diversification
Rural Tourism
Rural Services
Cultural and Heritage Activity

See the note above about the event on the 5th Oct 2017

Useful links for funding 

(click on the headings for links)

The Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. Their mission is to support fundraisers.

Lottery Funding 

Action in Rural Sussex – contact them for help and advice

Heritage Funding Directory

Sussex Community Foundation –  Typically funding will be for: youth clubs, lunch clubs, health and well-being, community transport, homelessness, community advice and support, food banks, and projects addressing drug and alcohol misuse.



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