Funding body information

West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council
County Hall
West Street
West Sussex
PO19 1RQ
01243 777100

Point of contact:

Community Initiative Funding Applications Team,


West Sussex County Council offers grants for a range of services and projects. The schemes are as follows:

Community Initiative Fund

The Community Initiative Fund provides small grants to assist local community projects in:

  • reaching new people
  • developing services and supporting the local economy
  • encouraging community growth and self-reliance.

The amount of funding available to each committee varies, depending on its local population size.

There is no upper limit on how much funding you can request but committees will very rarely issue an award above £2,500.

Funding policy and funding application forms can be downloaded on the dedicated council page.

Grants for Voluntary Transport Groups

Voluntary transport grants are co-ordinated by the West Sussex Forum for Accessible Transport and a panel meets once a year to consider applications.

Non-profit making organisations, which are formally constituted and provide accessible transport may apply, however funds are only provided for revenue support. Revenue money is that which is used for on-going costs, for example fuel, insurance, salaries or training. Grants will not be made for capital costs such as the purchase of a vehicle or equipment.

Accessible transport is considered to be transport that enables people with physical or sensory disabilities, people with mental health problems, people with learning difficulties and people living in rural areas (with little or no public transport) to travel.

Application forms can be emailed to

Member's Big Society Fund

The Members' Big Society Fund enables County Councillors to support special projects.

A Members Big Society Fund of £519,500 has been made available in 2015-16. This fund is to provide sums of money to community initiatives favoured and promoted by Members. For efficient use of funds and to prioritise projects there will be three decision points during the year, with an allocation of up to £170,000 at each of the first 2 rounds and the remaining £179,500 of the fund available for allocation at the 3rd round.

Amounts in a range of £2,000–£25,000 will be awarded. To promote equity, only in exceptional circumstances would a bid in excess of £25k be supported.

Further information can be downloaded here, or the Community Solutions Team can be contacted at or 03302 223886

Prevention and Wellbeing Grants Programme 2015/2016

The Prevention and Wellbeing Grants programme prioritises funding towards the start-up costs of services and activities for adults.

The sort of new ideas and projects within scope include those that offer:

  • social contact and stimulation
  • activity and exercise
  • occupational or educational activities
  • activities that maintain or restore people's independence.

The council are particularly interested in organisations who want to provide innovative, community-based activities that provide opportunities to meet other people and make friends.

Applications are now closed for 2015, however are expected to open again for 2016/2017 applications. Please see the following link for further information from the relevant officer by phone of email.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children Grant Scheme

Organisations can apply for between £1000 and £5,000 to provide fun, leisure and social activities for disabled children and young people. A maximum of 1 application per organisation can be made during any financial year.

The funding should support access and empowerment for disabled children and their families who are West Sussex residents, by providing high quality and responsive services. We welcome projects that can identify match funding and/or other financial contributions.

Applications have closed for 2015, but are expected to open again in 2016. For more information please contact

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Where is Your Commissioner?'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

West Sussex 4 Funding is a search engine for funding in the local community, including funding for voluntary sector organisations, businesses and social enterprises. This page also contains information on external funding including European funding and Lottery funding.

Useful organisations:

A list of CVS branches, voluntary action groups and departmental contacts within West Sussex County Council for voluntary sector enquiries is available here.

This website is fairly difficult to navigate, with voluntary sector funding information available under the following path:

Your Council- Council Tax and finance- Grants and funding- Finding money- Funding available from West Sussex County Council

There is a PDF booklet published on the West Sussex County Council Grants page, which is the most up-to-date source of information on the council's grant schemes available.

Full contact details for individual funding schemes are given in the PDF booklet, as well as on the Funding homepage. .

Staff at the council were also very helpful when dealing with our enquiry, and reassured that any significant changes relating to the grant schemes would be updated in the booklet as and when they occurred.

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