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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 next Cabinet Grants Panel meetings are scheduled on 12 January and 7 June 2016.

The deadline for the next funding round is 1 May 2016.

If you are applying for a contribution toward the Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations (up to £500), please complete a grant application form and submit it by the end of February 2016. 

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 477275).

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 Leisure 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 Community Leisure Officer (tel: 01444 477275), or email culture@midsussex.gov.uk

Links to finding External Funding Opportunities


Community Leisure Officer
Tel: 01444 477275
Email: culture@midsussex.gov.uk