Community Initiative Fund

Apply for funding to develop new local community projects.

1 Overview

The Community Initiative Fund is now administered to projects through one of two routes, depending on their size.

The Micro Fund is a paper-based application form welcoming funding bids from small scale projects with a total value of £750 or less.

The West Sussex Crowd is a crowdfunding platform through which the County Council can contribute towards an element of a project or total costs in excess of £750.

2 Micro Fund

The Micro Fund was introduced in June 2019 and enables groups to apply directly to the County Council for a grant of no more than £750 towards their total project costs. Similar to the former Small Grants Fund, the process provides an alternative to the crowdfunding approach aimed at attracting community backing.

Groups are encouraged to first enquire before submitting an application in order to learn when their bid may be considered at the earliest available County Local Committee (CLC) meeting. Applications will be formally considered by CLCs three times per year and funding decisions will be taken alongside crowdfunding pitches.

Download an application form below.

Micro Fund application form (Word 120KB)

3 West Sussex Crowd

If you have a local community project in West Sussex that you would like to get off the ground, pitch your idea on the site. If your project receives support in the form of donations from your local community, the County Council will consider pledging money to your project.

The size of the pledge will depend on:

  • project size
  • how it delivers against fund criteria
  • the impact it will have
  • the support it has received from the community.

The maximum pledge size will be £5,000. The County Council might not be the first to pledge as they will want to see evidence of community support for your project.

Find further information about West Sussex Crowd and if you’re ready to pitch your idea, find out how to start your project.

Last updated:
27 June 2019

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