Corporate Grants, Spotlight Grants and External Funding

Facility (Capital), Spotlight, Revenue, Economic & Community Development Fund Grants

To apply for a grant please download and read the guidance notes (see below) and then complete the form online or print off and complete the .pdf version and send by post to – Leisure Operations, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS

Grant applications are considered by the Cabinet Grants Panel which meets three times a year.

Closing dates for applications

10 January       (for activities starting from March/April)

1 May               (for activities starting from July/August)

1 September    (for activities starting from November/December)

NB. Spotlight Grants are only considered once per year, at the September funding round.

Community and Economic Development Grants: for projects where a grant is needed for an activity or piece of equipment which will benefit the community or contribute to the local economy. Grants of up to £5,000.  

Facility Grants: the Council holds a Section 106 Fund which can be used to support capital projects concerning works to community buildings, recreation facilities (play areas and sports) and public artworks. 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).

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. In 2016, Spotlight Grants will support smaller organisations with a turnover of less than £10,000. Grants of up to £500.

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 at least one of its identified priorities:

Better Environment
Quality and Sustainable Environment
Distinctive and sustainable towns and villages

Better Lives
Healthy Lifestyles
Opportunities and quality of life for all
Strong, safe communities

Better Services
Efficient and effective services
Strong community leadership

We will not fund:

  • Activities promoting political activities
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs
  • General appeals and day-to-day running costs
  • Loan payments
  • Individuals
  • 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
  • Projects that have started or finished.
  • Retrospectively, for goods or services procured prior to receipt of a grant offer
  • On-going maintenance, routine repairs and renewals
  • Organisations holding more than 9 months' unrestricted reserves

For helpful advice please refer to ‘Top Tips: on writing a good funding bid’.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete an 'End of Grant' form on completion of your project.

Links to finding External Funding Opportunities


Community Leisure Officer
Tel: 01444 477275