Lewes Town Council has earmarked funds which may be available to community groups and organizations working to assist the town community in responding to the Covid-19 emergency.  These may be existing community groups and associations (eg foodbanks), or simply small groups of neighbours who have formed since the emergency began to help each other and others in their area.

This scheme will continue to accept applications until the fund is exhausted.

Guidance on how to apply, and an application form are available here

Other organizations offer similar help – The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up by Sussex Community Foundation to support community and voluntary sector organisations in the wider area of Sussex who are leading efforts to support people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are offered to charities and community groups which are responding to the immediate crisis in the community and helping those most affected.  Please email the Grants team at grants@sussexgiving.org.uk for more information or visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/apply

The Sussex Crisis Fund is also welcoming donations – large or small – at www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/sussexcrisisfund

There is more information for individuals and businesses of all kinds who may suffer financial stress during the crisis on Lewes District Council’s website at https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/ and a Hardship Fund for the self-employed who may not have previously been eligible for council tax reduction benefits.  More at: http://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/council-tax-reduction