The Pride Social Impact Fund is 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.

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.”

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.”

Grant bids are 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, and to date more than £20,000 has been raised for the Pride Social Impact Fund.

Click here to read about previous grants