Community groups and good causes across Brighton and Hove are being invited to bid for grants to put Pride in our city.

For one weekend every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Brighton and Hove to mark the LGBT celebration, which is one of the biggest in the UK.

Community groups are now being invited to bid for money raised from the event to ensure that the positive message of Pride has an impact on areas of the city all year round.

Now in its fourth year, the Pride Social Impact Fund is accepting applications from groups or organisations which need a helping hand in making a difference in their community.

And for the first year ever, the independent panel has the potential to consider one or two larger projects with a grant of up to £10,000 – but only if the independent panel feels the bid meets the criteria and objectives of the fund.

Tim Ridgway, chairman of the Pride Social Impact Fund, said: “In just a few years the Pride Social Impact Fund has given dozens of grassroots groups across Brighton and Hove invaluable support, ensuring that Pride has a positive impact on residents across the city all year round.

“I am delighted to say that this year we have a record amount of money to distribute. This includes the potential to support one or two larger bids, providing they can prove they comprehensively meet the fund’s criteria and will directly supported residents who live in or near the footprint of Pride.

“So whether your idea is big or small, I urge groups across the city to submit their bids as soon as they can and look forward to being able to help some amazing grassroots groups put a little bit of Pride back into our city.”

Launched in 2016, the Pride Social Impact Fund has distributed more than £40,000 to groups across the city so far.

Projects put forward do not have to be LGBT related; they don’t even have to be 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.

This year, up to £45,000 is available for groups to bid for.

Funding comes from a ring fenced £1 per ticket from LoveBn1 festival in Preston Park of £14,415 and contributions made by businesses within the Pride Village Party in the St James’s Street area of £9,584.58, as well as extra top up funding of £4,669 from Pride CIC.

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

Last year the panel handed out nearly £20,000 to nearly 30 community groups and charities across Brighton and Hove.

This included supporting projects as varied as funding to the Friends of Dorset Gardens to improve accessibility of a park, £450 to Creative Cascade Recovery to support the creation of free community performances for a group which supports people in recovery from addictions; and £500 to Saltdean Lido towards plants for garden beds at the heart of the pool and community centre.

One of the grants awarded was £1,000 to towards the running of Tarner Young Women, which was set up to meet the needs of local girls and young women aged 12 upwards, many of whom are deemed at risk.

Emma Jacquest, of the Tarner Community Project, which runs the group, said: “Thank you for your support, this funding has made a huge difference for our especially vulnerable young people. It has averted many serious incidents taking place all of which would have put young people and others at serious risk.”

Another grant saw £400 awarded to Crew Club United, a newly-founded youth football team based in east Brighton. The grant went towards new tracksuits for a under-11s football team and also supported the club’s end of season awards.

Sharon Miller, of the club, said: “The team love their new tops which have kept them warm on these now crisp mornings while training. Thank you once again, we really appreciate it.”

The panel also awarded £500 to Hangleton & West Blatchington Foodbank to allow trustees to give out vouchers of £10 per client per month to a local butcher to ensure the provision of fresh meat for those in need.

Zoe Smith, of the food bank, said: “We are incredible grateful for the support of the Brighton Pride Social Impact Fund. As a local Foodbank we work hard to support the needs of all members of the community and this grant will enable us to assist and make a positive impact to the health and wellbeing of people living in food poverty in the Hangleton and West Blatchington area of the city.”

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.

The panel also has the potential of awarding one or two larger grants of up to £10,000 for 2018, but 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.

Applications are now CLOSED.

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 2019.

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.  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 :

£1,000 to Brighton Oasis Projectto run a series of holiday arts activities for young people affected by substance misuse in the family, in conjunction with poet Lemn Sissay and choreographer Charlotte Vincent.

£775 to Mile Oak Recreation Action Group (MORAG)to run regular art sessions which will explore the outdoor environment of the park

£500 to Hangleton & West Blatchington Foodbankto allow trustees to give out vouchers of £10 per client per month to a local butcher to ensure the provision of fresh meat for those in need

£100 to Diverse City Bowlerstowards boosting participation of ten pin bowling within the community, with emphasis on providing sessions for the elderly

£1,000 to Brighton Table Tennis clubtowards continuing pilot table tennis sessions for up to 15 children with Down Syndrome

£942 to Friends of Preston Park (bid one) – for the planting of three new trees

£1,000 to Friends of Preston Park (bid two) – towards a Halloween event for young families and children

£490 to The Manor Boccia and Lunch Groupto run a 14-week programme of Boccia with healthy lunch for the over-50s in east Brighton

£695 to Friends of Farm Green (bid one) –  towards Mini Farm and Community Picnic in the park in Lower Bevendean

£695 to Friends of Farm Green (bid two) –  towards Mini Farm and Community Picnic in the park in Moulsecoomb

£1,000 to OUTReach at the B Right On LGBT Community Festivaltowards the costs of the accessible adaptations needed to make the venue fully accessible for older, deaf and disabled attendees

£450 to Creative Cascade Recoverytowards creating free community performances for a group which supports people in recovery from addictions

£500 to Honeycroftto establish a lone parent support group at the community centre

£974 to Stay Up Latetowards building on the success of Wild Rainbows, a gig buddies scheme for LGBTQ+ community established by Social Impact Fund

£500 to Surrenden Field Groupfor improvements to Surrenden Field, including the creation of a butterfly bank, community composting area and wild flower field

£500 to Saltdean Lidotowards plants for garden beds at the heart of the pool and community centre

£620 to Crew Clubto fund a day out for low-earning families in east Brighton to Tulley’s Farm, while also providing equipment for Messy Play sessions

£400 to Dotties Cafe –  towards creating a ramp to improve accessibility to a cafe in east Brighton staffed by deaf people

£300 to Young City Readsto allow two primary school classes who would otherwise be unable to afford it to attend the finale event of the giant book group

£400 to Crew Club Unitedtowards new tracksuits for a newly established under-11s football team in east Brighton. Some funding will also support the club’s end of season awards.

£200 to Say Aphasiatowards funding day trips so that members can practice their communication skills in public

£500 to Quiet Down Thereof match funding to help people explore the Open Market through culture, making the project accessible to 100 more people; 60 children and 40 adults

£1,000 to Audioactivetowards supporting a female-led ‘Young Woman’s Music Tech Group’ in Brighton

£1,000 to Tarner Community Projecttowards weekly girls group, Tarner Young Women, which was set up to meet the needs of local girls and young women in the Tarner area, aged 12 upwards, many of whom are deemed at risk.

£400 to St Peters Cricket Clubtowards funding kit for one of the youth cricket teams

Up to £1,000 towards buying a projector and screen that will be held by Brighton Pride and used as a community resource. This will be used by 4 Street in Hove and Pop-Up Brighton, as well as other groups.

£500 to Little Green Pigfor printing of books containing an anthology of stories created by young people

£500 to Brighton and Hove Housing Coalitionfor costs towards a Homelessness Action Group specifically to contribute to practical services including shelter for those on our streets

£1,000 to Friends of Dorset Gardens (bid one) – towards improved accessibility of Dorset Gardens – non-slip matting for the two entrance ways

£566 to Friends of Dorset Gardens (bid two) – towards improved accessibility of Dorset Gardens – new handrails

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.