Bids now open for the Pride Social Impact Fund

PUBLISHED: 14:05 05 November 2018

Jim Carey Photography

Jim Carey Photography

Jim Carey Photography

Community groups and good causes across Brighton and Hove are being invited to bid for grants to put pride in our city

For one weekend every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Brighton and Hove to mark the LGBT celebration, which is one of the biggest in the UK. Community groups are now being invited to bid for money raised from the event to ensure that the positive message of Pride has an impact on areas of the city all year round.

Now in its fourth year, the Pride Social Impact Fund is accepting applications from groups or organisations which need a helping hand in making a difference in their community. And for the first year ever, the independent panel has the potential to consider one or two larger projects with a grant of up to £10,000 - but only if the independent panel feels the bid meets the criteria and objectives of the fund.

Tim Ridgway, chairman of the Pride Social Impact Fund, said: “In just a few years the Pride Social Impact Fund has given dozens of grassroots groups across Brighton and Hove invaluable support, ensuring that Pride has a positive impact on residents across the city all year round.”

Launched in 2016, the Pride Social Impact Fund has distributed more than £40,000 to groups across the city so far. Projects put forward do not have to be LGBT related; they don’t even have to be directly-linked to Pride (although applicants directly impacted will be favoured). However big or small, the only criteria is that it will brighten up people’s lives by the time Pride comes round again next year.

This year, up to £45,000 is available for groups to bid for.

The application process for this year’s fund is open now and bids will be considered by a panel made up of representatives from The Argus, BBC Sussex, Capital Brighton, Brighton and Hove Independent, Sussex Life, Brighton and Hove News, GScene, Latest Magazine and Latest TV.

Last year the panel handed out nearly £20,000 to nearly 30 community groups and charities across Brighton and Hove.

This included supporting projects as varied as funding to the Friends of Dorset Gardens to improve accessibility of a park, £450 to Creative Cascade Recovery to support the creation of free community performances for a group which supports people in recovery from addictions; and £500 to Saltdean Lido towards plants for garden beds at the heart of the pool and community centre.

One of the grants awarded was £1,000 to towards the running of Tarner Young Women, which was set up to meet the needs of local girls and young women aged 12 upwards, many of whom are deemed at risk.

How to apply

Submissions should be a maximum of 400 words mapping out how the money will be spent and why the cause is deserving. Please note the maximum award will be £1,000. There is no lower limit.

The panel also has the potential of awarding one or two larger grants of up to £10,000 for 2018, but these bids need to comprehensively meet the criteria, namely supporting good causes in areas directly impacted by Pride.

There is no restriction on ‎numbers of entries by individual groups. However, the emphasis is on supporting community and grassroots groups, rather than individuals.

Please submit it by midday on 30 November by email to

Applications will be considered by a panel of local media representatives with successful applicants informed by the end of December.

Any money distributed needs to have had a visible outcome by the start of Pride 2019.

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