What can you apply for?

The Council has recently reviewed the grants programme and set three new priorities for funding. Applications must be from organisations delivering projects or services meeting one of these priorities. There are also new Principles, these are used in assessing bids and have also been revised. Please see the Priorities & Principles of Funding document for further information. If you are interested in applying to this scheme, please check the Priorities and Eligibility guidance as projects which might have been funded under the previous programme may no longer be eligible.

Fast Track grant applications

You can apply for less than £1000 at any time under the 'Fast Track' small grant process.

Over £1000 grants

Over £1000 grants

For grants exceeding £1000, the panel will consider applications on a quarterly basis. The closing dates for bids and the Panel meeting when they will be considered are:

closing date for grant applications
Closing date for applications by 5pmPanel Date
Friday 1 June 2018Wednesday 11 July 2018
Monday 3 September 2018Wednesday 10 October 2018
Friday 23 November 2018Wednesday 30 January 2019
Friday 8 February 2019Wednesday 20 March 2019

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 7 working days of the Panel decision. As part of the Call-In process, decisions of the Panel are available on the Council's website a day after the meeting. However, as this is not a final decision and offers are subject to signing an Agreement which explains any conditions, applicants are strongly discouraged from acting on that information.

What makes a good grant application?

Please note that under this programme, grants cannot be sought retrospectively for projects that have already started (or completed). You must wait for written confirmation of the decision on your application and complete the grant offer agreement, before undertaking any associated works.

In addition to the three Priorities for funding, there are six 'principles' that we look for to help us identify which projects are appropriate for financial support. Applicants should therefore consider how your project might also be addressing the following points:

  • Will the project increase participation or employment?
  • Does the project demonstrate working with others?
  • Does the project have clear objectives and outcomes?
  • Does the project demonstrate Value for Money?
  • Is there evidence that the project is needed or addresses a recognised gap in provision?
  • Is the project ready for implementation?

Your Funding Adviser will be able to talk you through these principles.

What next?

If you are interested in applying to the programme, you must contact a Funding Adviser. The Adviser will talk you through eligibility, completing the form and likely timescales.

There are several advisers specialising in supporting different types of project. Their contact details are listed in the Form Guidelines and on the page Grants and concessions contacts.

Please note: this programme is likely to be more competitive than the last scheme and we will not be able to support every good project. The Advisers will also try to help you identify other possible sources of funding.

Grant search

The District Council is not the only source of funding for businesses, local groups and organisations. To identify other options, you can use the West Sussex 4 Funding grant 'search' service on the  West Sussex County Council - Funding Search Facility

This free service enables you to search for sources of funding for any venture or project.

Discretionary rate relief

Discretionary rate relief is available to qualifying organisations to reduce liability for non-domestic rates.

For further details please see our Business rates discount page.