Council’s latest funding scheme to help people through the cost of living crisis

Lewes District Council has launched the second round of its Cost of Living Crisis Fund, inviting bids from voluntary and community groups to help residents who are struggling with soaring costs and bills. 

Groups and not-for-profit organisations, including town and parish councils and partnerships, are being encouraged to bid for grants of between £500 and £20,000 to fund longer term cost of living initiatives, advice services, support for volunteers or green energy schemes.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “We are committed to helping people in Lewes district through the worst cost of living crisis in a generation and over the past year have set aside £750,000 for this, bringing forward an array of schemes including the funding of warm spaces, 100% council tax reduction for residents with the greatest need, help for tenants facing severe financial hardship and much more. 

“Our first successful round of this funding in the autumn supported a wide range of new and existing initiatives from foodbanks to advice services and we are now seeking further projects that provide our residents with the vital assistance they need to make ends meet and survive.”

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday, March 6, 2023.

For full details of the funding criteria or to apply visit: