Community groups invited to apply for Pride grants

Posted On 13 Nov 2016 at 3:40 pm

Community groups are being encouraged to apply for a grant from Brighton and Hove Pride.

The fundraising success of the annual event means that £12,500 is available from the Pride Social Impact Fund – on top of the grants given out to LGBT groups by the Rainbow Fund.

The event’s organisers said: “For one weekend every year, the city is taken over by a sea of rainbows.

“From the parade watched by tens of thousands through to the festival in Preston Park through to the street party in St James’s Street, the whole city comes together to mark the LGBT celebration.

“Now, community groups are being invited to bid for money raised from the event to ensure that the positive message of Pride has an impact on areas of Brighton and Hove all year round.”

Picture by ChrisJepson-com

Picture by ChrisJepson-com


Paul Kemp, director of Brighton and Hove Pride, said: “Community fundraising is central to the purpose of Pride in Brighton and Hove.

“On top of our record-breaking fundraising for the Rainbow Fund we are thrilled to be able to deliver small grants funding through the Social Impact Fund to small grass roots community organisations that can help deliver a positive community impact to the wider community.”

The Pride Social Impact Fund aims to support those groups or organisations which need a little helping hand in making a difference in their community.

They do not have to be LGBT related. They don’t even have to be directly linked to Pride although applicants directly affected will be favoured.

However big or small, the only criterion is that the effect of each grant will brighten up people’s lives by the time that Pride comes around again next year.

Funding comes from contributions made by businesses within the St James’s Street Party area.

Mr Kemp said: “Pride are only able to deliver this fundraising with the help of local businesses who contribute to the fund and take part in the Pride village party.

“We’d like to encourage more local businesses across the city who benefit from the bumper weekend of business Pride brings into the city to get involved with our fundraising efforts for all our communities.”

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The application process for this year’s fund is open now and bids will be considered by a panel made up of representatives from Brighton and Hove News, Gscene, Latest TV, Latest magazine, Juice 107.2, the Brighton and Hove Independent, BBC Sussex and The Argus.

The fund was started this year, with the inaugural awards distributing more than £4,500 to groups across the city.

Among the groups to benefit from the money – raised at Pride last year – were the Friends of Preston Park, which was awarded £1,000.

Most of this went towards a new piece of playground equipment for the area while £250 helped put on an Easter Egg Hunt in the park for local children.

Sue Shepherd, who chairs the group, said: “We had around 300 children attend the event, even though the weather was variable. We were able to buy enough Cadbury’s creme eggs for every child to get a prize for completing the quiz, as well as a prize each for the two age categories in a drawing competition.

“The event enabled children and their parents to learn about the flora, fauna, history and architecture of our park while getting exercise and having fun.”

Another group to benefit was Brighton’s local community radio station Radio Reverb, which was awarded £500 towards creating a “listen again” facility.

Ellie Dobing, who sits on the board of directors, said: “The grant from the Pride Social Impact Fund went a long way to helping Radio Reverb move into a new era.

“The ‘listen again’ feature means we can offer our Brighton audience an ‘on demand’ service but also make our content available nationally, sitting alongside the likes of the BBC’s national on-demand offerings.”

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How to apply

Pride said: “The Social Impact Fund has been set up to provide small grants for communal good. Grants are awarded annually to organisations or groups within the city with particular emphasis on areas directly affected or in the footprint of Brighton and Hove Pride.

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

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

Application should be submitted by noon on Wednesday 30 November by email to bhsocialimpactfund@gmail.com.

The successful applicants will be informed by the end of December. Any money distributed needs to have had a visible outcome by the start of Pride 2017.

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