Lewes District Cost of Living Crisis Fund

Please note these grants for voluntary and community groups are now closed

We have set up this second grants programme to help provide support to local people struggling with the cost of living crisis in the Lewes District.

The deadline for this second round is midnight on Monday 6th March 2023.

We are inviting bids of £500 up to £20,000 from voluntary, community and not-for profit organisations, including town and parish councils, and partnerships under these categories:

What we are seeking to fund

Green Energy

  • Initiatives which advise on options for cheaper, greener heating and energy
  • Energy advice and training

Longer term support for cost of living initiatives

  • Initiatives for longer term food support in the Lewes District
  • Set up of sustainable community fridges/larders/supermarkets
  • Projects/initiatives to avoid food waste
  • Cost of living projects/initiatives to support rural communities
  • Community garden projects
  • Classes on growing, cooking and food budgeting
  • Set up of second-hand clothing/school uniform banks/kindness racks

Support for Volunteers

  • Access to counselling/support networks to ensure the wellbeing of volunteers
  • Volunteer training, coaching and guidance sessions

Advice and Support Services

  • To enhance your current offer and provide more resources to be able to do this
  • Set up of pop up advice clinics/advice drop in sessions
  • New and existing community and social groups/spaces/cafes providing support and professional advice to benefit the community during the cost of living crisis

Send any questions, or your completed form to:  Funding@Lewes-Eastbourne.gov.uk 

Applications will be reviewed, and funding recommendations made by council officers. Funding decisions will then be made by the Deputy Chief Executive of the council, in consultation with the Leader of the council.