Corporate Grants, Spotlight Grants and External Funding
Facility (Capital), Spotlight, Revenue, Economic & Community Development Fund Grants
Grant applications are considered by the Cabinet Grants Panel which meets three times a year.
The Cabinet Grants Panel will be meeting on 2 June, 13 October and 12 January 2016 – future deadlines for funding applications are 31 August and 30 November 2015.
To apply for a grant please download and read the guidance notes and Council priorities (see below) and then complete the form online or print off the pdf version and send by post to - Community Services and Culture, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS
Facility Grants: the Council holds a Section 106 Fund for leisure which can be used to support public art projects, play areas, sports facilities and community buildings. When a new property is built the District Council can charge a levy, often referred to as a Section 106 payment (from Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) or a developer contribution. The principle behind the levy is that additional housing causes an increase in population, which leads to an increase in demand for public facilities, such as libraries, schools and parks. This money often has restrictions attached and can only be used for specific locations. If you have an idea for a project and want to find out what capital funding is available for your area, please contact the Community Leisure Officer (tel: 01444 477495).
The Spotlight Programme is intended to put the Council in closer touch with diverse sectors of the community across Mid Sussex and aims to "spotlight" particular parts of the community that may need additional help. Each year the Council will adopt a theme and grants are awarded to voluntary groups working in that particular field that may need additional help for one-off projects, such as funding to purchase an item of equipment or to hold a special event. Contact the Council's Community Development Officer for information on this year's Spotlight Programme theme.
Economic and Community Development Fund: funding is available to help projects, including events, that will support and develop the economy of all or parts of Mid Sussex.
You can apply if:
The grant will be of direct benefit to the residents of Mid Sussex District with at least 80% of the people that will benefit from the project being residents of Mid Sussex.
You are a not-for-profit group, a charity, a school (the project must benefit the wider community), a parish or town council (the project must benefit the wider community), a community group/club/society that is properly formed and has a governing document or a constitution, with a bank account and financial records (or financial projections if newly formed).
Your organisation is open to all and has an equal opportunities statement.
All applications will need to demonstrate how their community activity can help the Council to deliver on its identified priorities.
We will not fund:
- Activities promoting political activities
- Activities promoting religious beliefs
- General appeals
- Loan payments
- Items which only benefit an individual
- Private organisations operating as a business to make a profit or surplus
- Local groups and organisations whose fundraising is sent to their Headquarters for distribution to other areas
- Education, health, or social service activities, where central government, the health authority or county council are the most appropriate funder
- Activities stemming from national organisations where the parent body is the most appropriate funder
- Organisations holding more than 9 months' unrestricted reserves
- Projects which have started or finished
If you have any queries please contact the Council's Community Development Officer (tel: 01444 477495) or Community Leisure Officer (tel: 01444 477275), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to finding External Funding Opportunities
- External funding information for community groups
- West Sussex Funding Search Engine
- Big Lottery Fund
PLEASE NOTE - FLOOD DAMAGE SUPPORT
Mid Sussex District Council are administering the Repair and Renew Grant scheme, announced by the government which will provide flood affected homes and business premises with up to £5,000 of grant funding to establish flood resilience measures to reduce the risk of future flooding and/ or minimise the impact of future flooding. All properties flooded between the 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014 are eligible for support - for more details please download the guidance notes and application form - click the link here.
Community Development Officer Tel: 01444 477495
Community Leisure Officer Tel: 01444 477275