You can apply for funding towards core costs, to cover the specific costs of an activity or for the purchase of small items of equipment.

All applications must address any one of the three key outcomes:

  • Improving wellbeing
  • Building cohesion
  • Promoting fairness

Communities Fund 2020-21

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to the Communities Fund 2020-21

Covid-19 Emergency Resilience funding was awarded to 44 community and voluntary groups across the city, with a total of £170,254 being awarded to support them as they manage the changing  needs across the city and the changes to their delivery methods.

The Engagement Fund 2020-21 is targeted towards Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

Engagement Fund 2020-21 BAME engagement

The BAME Engagement Fund 2020-21 has been set up to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and voluntary organisations. Applications for grants of up to £2,000 can be made for running costs or project costs, subject to the following eligiblilty criteria:

  • Groups should be BAME led and/or have a predominantly BAME membership.
  • Groups should have an annual income or turnover of £20,000 or less.
  • Groups should have a written constitution and a bank account with two signatories.
  • Groups that do not have a written constitution or bank account can apply through an ‘umbrella’ organisation.
  • An umbrella organisation will have a written constitution, bank account, annual accounts, and be able to offer support to the unconstituted BAME group in its development.
  • An umbrella group might be, for example, the Resource Centre, Community Works, Switchboard, the Hangleton & Knoll Project, the Trust for Developing Communities. This is not an exclusive list but indicates organisations that have agreed to carry out this role.

Bids do not need to be specific to Covid-19 or its impact. There's more guidance in our BAME Engagement Fund 2020-21 frequently asked questions (PDF 80KB).

Applications for funding need to be submitted via the council’s Communities Fund application portal by Friday 11 September 2020. Decisions will be made and announced towards the end of October 2020.

Resilience Fund 2020-21 COVID-19 emergency funding

The COVID-19 emergency fund was set up to provide short term and emergency grants to community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove, supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents.

£170,254 of Resilience Funding is being awarded to 44 community and voluntary organisations facing unexpected costs as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19, either on their organisation or on the residents they support.

Download a summary of grants awarded to the Resilience Fund Covid-19 Emergency funding (PDF 214KB)

The Covid-19 emergency funding is allocated and is closed to application.

Resilience Fund 2020-21 COVID-19 recovery funding

Applications are now open for the new Communities Fund Resilience Fund for Covid-19 related recovery work across the city.

Bids are invited for up to £10,000 for projects helping to address the impact of Covid-19 in the following areas:

  • Welfare and financial support
  • Debt and arrears
  • Mental health
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Vulnerable young people and families
  • Violence against women and children

Application process

Applications will be open to locally-based community and voluntary organisations, and the planned bid must be solely for the Brighton & Hove area.

Applications can be made by one organisation or a partnership. 

Bids needs to cover a specific project rather than organisational core costs, with management and overhead costs limited to 8% of total bid.

The grants are for short-term recovery projects and the funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Bids will be appraised in collaboration with support officers from the council and will need to show how the project aligns with the council’s priorities and plans for helping the city recover from Covid-19.

If you have any questions about the fund or the bidding process, please get in touch with the Communities Team by emailing

The applications are open from Tuesday 8 September until Friday 9 October, and need to be submitted via our Communities Fund online application portal.

The decisions on funding will be announced in late November.