Community groups from across Brighton and Hove receive a further boost thanks to the Pride Social Impact Fund. 

From Whitehawk in the east to Portslade in the west, a record number of groups and organisations across the city were awarded Socila impact Fund (SIF) granst in 2016.

Tim Ridgway, who chairs the Pride Social Impact Fund board, said: “We are grateful to all those who applied for the fund this year, as well as the panel for giving up their time to award the sums. There was a huge amount of diversity in the bids and the panel has tried very hard to make sure that every community and area of the city benefits in some way. “We know that in these difficult uncertain times, this money will make all the difference to some of the amazing groups and organisations doing great things in our beautiful city.”

Bids were considered by a panel made up of representatives from The Argus, BBC Sussex, Juice 107.2, Brighton and Hove Independent, Gscene, Brighton and Hove News and Latest TV.

The Pride Social Impact Fund is now in its  third year and aims to support those groups or organisations which need a little helping hand in making a difference in their community. The applications do not have to be LGBT+ related; they don’t even have to 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.

Funding comes from contributions made by businesses within the Pride Village Party in the Kemptown/St James’s Street area as well as extra funding from Pride ticket sales.

Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton Pride, said: “Pride is 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.”

2017 awards :

HOW TO APPLY.

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. Please note 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.

Applications open at the end of October 2017.

Submission must be sent by midday on November 30 by email to Bhsocialimpactfund@gmail.com

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 2018.

2016 awards :

£250 to Brighton & Hove Speakers’ Corner to support five events and support to develop a more sustainable organisation

£300 to Ardingly Court Residents Association for new lawn mower and a garden shredder

£250 to The OWL HOUSE towards co-housing project for Older Wiser Lesbians.

£1,000 to the Tarner Community Project towards drop in session for young people not in education, employment or training

£250 to David Harper of 4Streets in Hove towards community street parties, play street events and open-air cinema

£300 to Dottie’s Community Cafe in East Brighton Park towards running cafe which employs deaf people

£500 to Friends of Preston Park (bid one) towards Easter Egg quiz and hunt

£500 to Friends of Preston Park (bid two) towards Halloween event

£500 to Little Green Pig creative writing charity towards a videographer for This Is My City project

£1,000 to Stay Up Late to allow the group to develop it’s Gig Buddies project and LGBT outreach work

£250 to Friends of Regency Square towards purchase of the information board and the initial setting up costs of tunnel  exhibition near the i360

£1,000 to LGBT Community Safety Forum towards LGBT History Big Top Event during LGBT History Month in February 2017

£500 to Marta Scott Dance Company towards helping disadvantaged or abused women take part in the 2017 pride parade

£495 to  Friends of Farm Green for mobile farm to come to Bevendean park during half term

£815 to Mile Oak Rec Action Group (M.O.R.A.G) towards reviving the west side of the park to improve the look for all the community and allow access to children’s playground

2015 awards :

£600 to the Marta Scott Dance Company to help disadvantaged or abused women take part in classes with the aim of performing in the Brighton Pride 2016 parade.

£750 to the Friends of Preston Park for a new piece of equipment in the park’s playground.

£250 to the Friends of Preston Park for an Easter egg quiz and hunt

£500 to Radio Reverb, Brighton’s community radio station, to help create a listen again facility.

£300 to the St James’s Street Community Action Group to replace three elm trees in St James’s Street

£350 to the St James’s Street Community Action Group for a planter in Marlborough Place.

£1,000 to the St James’s Street Community Action Group towards the cost of security lighting in Dorset Gardens to deter drug dealers. This money will be ring-fenced and held by the Social Impact Fund until the group can raise the remaining money towards the project.

£500 to Little Green Pig, a creative writing educational charity towards helping 9 to 11-year-olds create a film on homeless people in the city.

£300 to the Manor in East Brighton to subsidise Boccia Group aimed at over 50s.