What can you apply for?

The council has recently reviewed the grants programme and agreed three priorities for funding for the financial year 2021/22. Applications must be from organisations delivering projects or services meeting one of these priorities. These are: 


To support projects that bring forward inward investment

To support viable start-up and existing SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) to implement 'growth' projects which require:

  • relocation and expansion into larger premises within the district or
  • occupation of long-term vacant commercial premise

Improving places and spaces

Improvements to publicly owned space or built assets that enhance the wellbeing of local residents or the habitats of the district's wildlife

Targeted projects

Projects where the primary benefit is to residents in greatest need. Priority would be given to projects that are: locally appropriate, able to evidence need and offer effective solutions

There are also funding principles, these are used in assessing bids and are listed for you in the Priorities and Principles of Funding document. If you are interested in applying to this scheme, please contact a Funding Advisor who will be able to talk to you about the new programme. Please check the priorities and eligibility guidance as projects which might have been funded under the previous programme may no longer 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

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

closing date for grant applications
Closing date for applications by 5pmPanel meeting Date
Friday 21 May 2021Wednesday 30 June 2021
Friday 17 September 2021Thursday 21 October 2021
Friday 26 November 2021Wednesday 19 January 2022
Friday 18 February 2022Wednesday 30 March 2022

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.

How to apply

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.

Please view the Grants and concessions contact section for the relevant contact details.

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 Discretionary rate relief

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

For further details please see our Discounts for business rates page.



Grants and concessions policy and reports


In March 2016, the Cabinet agreed a new policy concerning the awarding of grants and concessions.

Chichester District Council has a long history of awarding appropriate and timely financial support to local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations and we want to continue this, despite increasing financial constraints. The Policy sets out why the council provides grants and concessions and our aims and objectives in doing so.

Annual report

At the end of each financial year, a full report detailing the grants and concessions awarded by Chichester District Council is compiled.


Evidencing need in your grant application

We expect that strong grant applications will demonstrate that the project proposals are based on sound research and have clear evidence to show why they are needed. In a competitive funding environment, applications that show that they will best meet local need are most likely to secure support.

To support your research we have included maps and links to a range of publicly available data sources. Please note, we will only fund projects that primarily support Chichester District.

  • Census 2011: This is the most up to date data in terms of population, demographics and other neighbourhood level information.  This will aid you in describing your area as well as giving a background context.  You can also compare your local area to Chichester District as well as the South East and England.
  • Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 : This is the latest data set released by Central Government that looks at low level deprivation across a range of topics.  These include income, employment, health and disability, education skills and training, barriers to housing and services, crime and living environment.  This data is available at local authority and lower super output area.  This data set can be ranked within Chichester District as well as nationally.
  • NomisLabour market statistics, these are particularly useful for unemployment data, which is updated monthly.
Grants and concessions contacts

If your group, organisation or business is interested in applying for support, please contact us. 

We can give you personal advice about eligibility, completing the application form and submission dates. There are several advisors specialising in supporting different types of project, their contact details are listed below. Please contact the person whose specialism best fits your organisation and project.

Funding Advisor - sport, arts, leisure and wellbeing groups

Ciaran McGreal
United Kingdom

Funding advisor - business and tourism

Derek Irvine
United Kingdom

Funding advisor - community groups and voluntary organisations

Chlöe Williams
United Kingdom

Funding advisor - concessionary rent of Council owned premises

Emily Cross
United Kingdom

Funding advisor - environment and biodiversity

Tom Day or Stephanie Evans
United Kingdom

Funding advisor - rate reliefs

Jason Barnes
United Kingdom

Funding Advisor - sport, arts, leisure and wellbeing groups