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Eastbourne Community Grants

 Eastbourne Borough Council recognises and supports the immensely valuable contribution which is made by voluntary groups and organisations across Eastbourne in a variety of fields. We provide a range of grants to support voluntary activity in the town.

  • Please note: the bidding process for major and housing grants for the period 2019 to 2022 has now ended. 

Major and Housing Grants are awarded for spending in a three year period.

The Council has allocated £203,000 a year for each of the three years from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2022 to be distributed as Major Grants of £10,000 or more and a further £56,500 to be distributed as Housing Grants to deliver the following priority services:

  • Advice and Financial Inclusion services
  • Youth engagement services and activities
  • Services to homeless people, those at risk of homelessness and vulnerable people with a history of homelessness
  • Services which promote voluntary and community activities and organisations through the provision of comprehensive information, advice, training and other support services to the full range of not-for profit organisations. 

The council will not fund:

  • Major capital works or projects
  • Any project that duplicates services already provided and funded elsewhere.
  • Please note: the bidding process for Small Grants for the period 2019 to 2020 has now ended 


Community groups who apply to the Small Grants programmes are asked to demonstrate that they are working with volunteers for the benefit of Eastbourne residents, with the aim of improving the range of services and activities on offer in the town and must meet one or more of our priorities. The priorities this year are:

  1. Projects which promote the inclusion of groups protected under the Equality Act 2010
  2. Projects which provide mental health services with a particular focus on young people
  3. Initiatives designed to develop volunteering and/ or self-help activity which need funding to get started and will focus on one or more of the following:
    • Supporting carers
    • Reducing social isolation
    • Tackling financial exclusion
    • Tackling digital exclusion

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The Eastbourne Local Lottery is raising funds that will be given out annually as small grants to local charities and community organisations, from 2019. Visit our Eastbourne Local Lottery page to find out more.

 Eastbourne borough council has 35 properties which are currently in community use. The Council’s policy is to assess and charge the full market rent for any property it leases. Not-for profit organisations, who are leasing one of these properties, may be invited to apply for Rent Support Grant in recognition of their social value. 

Rent Support Grant will only be awarded where it is clear that the property is being used to support the Council’s Corporate and Service priorities and being used to its full potential and there is a clear need for grant to support rent payments.

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