Community groups across Brighton and Hove can put a little bit of pride back into their city thanks to Pride Social Impact Fund grants worth nearly £20,000 this year.

In what has been a record year, nearly 30 groups representing people of all ages from Mile Oak to Moulsecoomb, Saltdean to the city centre will benefit from money awarded by the independent panel.

The cash, most of which is raised from businesses who benefit from the annual LGBT celebration, will ensure that the positive impact of Pride extends beyond one weekend a year.

Grants awarded this year will see parks and open spaces improved; community groups host events and day trips; equipment provided to sports groups; and charities supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable given a boost.

Tim Ridgway, chairman of the Brighton Pride Social Impact Fund, said: “This year saw a record number of entries with bids from more than 45 groups from across the city requesting more than £30,000 to make their communities a better place.
“With the fund oversubscribed, making decisions on individual bids was not an easy process.
“But those groups who have been awarded money will ensure that the legacy of Pride is far-reaching, extending to all corners of the city.
“We hope it will help some of the city’s amazing community and voluntary groups create a colourful rainbow of happiness and inclusivity all year round.”

The Pride Social Impact Fund is now in its  fourth 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.

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.