Town Council Financial Grants

Lewes Castle

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 – usually amounts greater than £2,000 – please see our Briefing note here. )

Community Grants: 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 organizations 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       21st May 2021

Assessment Panel review       2nd June 2021

Council decision                     24th June 2021


Deadline for applications       3rd September 2021

Assessment Panel review       15th September 2021

Council decision                     7th October 2021


Deadline for applications       19th November 2021

Assessment Panel review       1st December 2021

Council decision                     16th December 2021


Deadline for applications       28th January 2022

Assessment Panel review       9th February 2022

Council decision                     24th February 2022

NOTE – applications will only be accepted by e-mail.

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