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. 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.

Applications for this year’s grants are now OPEN.

Now in its fifth year, the Pride Social Impact Fund ensures the positive contribution of the UK’s most popular LGBT celebrations continues year round.

Applications for the 2019/20 pot are now open – and, thanks to the generosity of Pride attendees and local businesses, more than £30,000 is available to distribute to grassroots groups across Brighton and Hove who need a helping hand to support their work.

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. 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 December 9 by email to Bhsocialimpactfund@gmail.com.

Bids will be considered by a panel made up of representatives from The Argus, BBC Sussex, Brighton & Hove News, Brighton & Hove Independent, Sussex Life, Latest magazine and Latest TV with notification of awards by the end of December.

Any money distributed needs to have had a visible outcome by the start of Pride 2020.

Funding comes from contributions made by businesses within the Pride Village Party in the Kemptown/St James’s Street area.

Read more about previous grants HERE.