Chichester District Council values the important contribution made to communities in the district by voluntary groups and community organisations. The vast range of groups active in this area help build stronger communities and help develop the workforce's skills and experience.

If you want to know more about community groups in your area, or would like help finding funding or starting-up a new group you can contact VAAC.

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC) is an independent registered charity that aims to develop, support and promote voluntary and community organisations in our area. They are able to give advice on all aspects of starting, running and funding a community or voluntary group.


Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now! is organised by Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester.

  • Would you like to become a volunteer, or find out more information about volunteering?
  • Does your organisation need help advertising opportunities or recruiting volunteers?

Volunteer Now! Advertises a wide range of different voluntary opportunities and can also offer volunteering support and advice to individuals and organisations across the Arun and Chichester Districts. For more information, please see the document below.


Volunteering - information and advice

If you would like to know more about volunteering or would like to search for opportunities in your area, there are a range of organisations and resources available to help you.


The West Sussex Compact

The purpose of a local Compact is to improve working relationships and develop a framework for partnership between local government, the health service and other statutory agencies, and the Voluntary and Community Sector, based on shared values and mutual respect.

The first West Sussex Compact was drawn up and signed in 2001 and it was intended that the Compact would be revised after a short time. A Steering Group, comprising representatives from the District, Borough and County Councils along with other statutory bodies, plus members of voluntary and community organisations, carried out a review. Subsequently a revised Compact was launched at a Voluntary Sector Forum in March 2005.

In order to ensure that it remains a "live" document, through a continuing process of maintaining awareness, further development of good practice, and evaluation and review, a West Sussex Compact Group, takes forward the Implementation and Action Plan set out at Appendix C.



Voluntary organisations - funding

Both nationally and locally there is a wide range of agencies and trusts that can be approached for funding by community and voluntary groups. Many of these schemes are available to organisations based in, or operating in the Chichester District.

If you would like support or advice on completing any application for funding, you are welcome to contact us, or Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC).

Finding out about funding

These pages outline some possible sources of funding. 

As funding processes and priorities change frequently, you may want to consider subscribing to funding newsletters that provide you with regular updates. 

For example, 'Funding News' is produced by West Sussex County Council and contains:

  • Details of new, updated and existing funding schemes (lottery, government, European and foundations/trusts) to which a variety of organisations can apply (the public sector, schools, voluntary and community groups, charities and businesses).
  • Funding awards/ successes - both in West Sussex and regionally.
  • West Sussex County Council's website includes westsussex4funding which enables you to look for funds for your project.

Contact West Sussex County Council to subscribe to this newsletter. 


Funding for smaller projects

If you are looking for funding for smaller projects you could consider.


Finding funding for larger projects

The following enable voluntary and community groups to look for grants towards larger projects.

The lottery distributors all operate larger grant schemes specifically focused on their strategic aims.  Many of these schemes change during the year, you are advised to keep an eye on their websites and look out for notice of opening and closing dates in funding news bulletins.