Town Council Financial Grants

Lewes Castle

The Council has restarted its normal programme of financial grants for the community, after a brief closure due to the Covid-19 emergency.  The Emergency fund we set up will continue to accept applications until the fund is exhausted – please see below for more information.

Alongside larger grants* each year to organizations like Citizens’ Advice and support for community bus services, the Council has for over 20 years operated a scheme that has aided hundreds of community groups and organizations with cash grants to support their projects or, sometimes, their basic running costs

*for information on ‘Major funding’ financial support please see our Briefing note here.

The objectives of the scheme are to help maintain a vibrant community sector in the town, with particular emphasis on groups and non-commercial organizations who support the Council’s vision which covers

  • Sustainable transport, related infrastructure & signage, cycling routes, bus transport
  • Openness: engagement; consultation; partnership
  • Trees and biodiversity; wildlife and the environment; Open spaces
  • Support for foodbanks and the disadvantaged

We will consider financial support for community organisations working for the benefit of the community. We do not normally support commercial organizations.  The Grants Fund is agreed within our annual budget and grants up to £2,000 are disbursed four times each year. Larger sums may be considered, but you should discuss this with the Town Clerk before submitting an application.  Applications  can be made for help towards a special project, or the everyday running costs of your organization.

We assess the grant applications we have received in four ’rounds’ each year, although they can be submitted at any time – please see below for the current timetable.

Please click here for the complete information pack, which includes details of the scheme, an application form, and guidance for applicants.  NOTE – applications will only be accepted by e-mail.


Deadline for applications       10th August 2020

Assessment Panel review       19th August 2020

Council decision                     3rd September 2020


Deadline for applications       4th September  2020

Assessment Panel review       16th September 2020

Council decision                     8th October 2020


Deadline for applications       20th November 2020

Assessment Panel review       2nd December 2020

Council decision                     17th December 2020


Deadline for applications       29th January 2021

Assessment Panel review       10th February 2021

Council decision                     4th March 2021

Covid-19 Coronavirus Emergency Fund  The Council earmarked a fund available to community groups and organizations working to assist the town community during the crisis.  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 Emergency fund will continue to accept applications until the fund is exhausted – please see below for more information Guidance on how to apply, and an application form are available here. NOTE – applications will only be accepted by e-mail.

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The Town Hall, High Street, Lewes, BN7 2QS
Telephone 01273 471469 Fax 01273 480919

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East Sussex BN7 2QS
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