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 CLOSED.

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

In 2018, community groups, charities and sports clubs were among dozens of organisations to benefit from more than £45,000 of grants gifted under the banner of the Pride Social Impact Fund (SIF).

In what has been a record-breaking year, the independent panel were overwhelmed with the number of bids received which ranged from projects to support the vulnerable to residents wanting to brighten up their streets.

After much consideration 40 bids were deemed successful – with funding awarded to improve parks and open spaces, run community festivals and get togethers, support days out for low-income families and provide equipment for sports teams.

Tim Ridgway, chairman of the Social Impact Fund, said: “This has once again been a record-breaking year for the Social Impact Fund with more people than ever benefitting from money raised at what has become an incredibly successful community event.

“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.

“The panel also wants to thank the organisers of Pride for topping up the funds so that a record amount of funding was available.

“This investment back into our community will make a huge difference to thousands of individuals across Brighton and Hove ensuring that the positive impact of Pride extends beyond one weekend a year.”

Launched in 2016, the Pride Social Impact Fund has now distributed more than £80,000 to groups across the city.

Projects put forward do not have to be LGBT related; they don’t even have to directly-linked to Pride. 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 St James’s Street area, as well as ticket sales from Pride and the LoveBN1 festival.

The panel was made up of representatives from media organisations across the city including The Argus, BBC Sussex, Latest TV, Brighton and Hove Independent, Sussex Life, Brighton and Hove News, Capital Brighton and GScene.

This year, the panel considered bids of more than £1,000 but only granted funds if they overwhelmingly met the panel’s criteria.

Among the largest grants to be awarded this year include £5,000 for three bids from the Friends of Preston Park. A bid of £1,600 was also granted to Light Up St James’s Street, with the aim of improving and installing new illuminations in the area; while £3,000 gifted to the St James’s Street Community Action Group will pay for new planters in the area.

Among others to benefit from the fund include Hangleton Food Bank (£500 for top up vouchers), Tarner Community Project (£1,000 to run summer holiday events for young people and the Why Not Club (£520 to fund a weekly breakfast club for the street community in Brighthelm Park).

Community events were also backed with £500 awarded towards reviving the Patcham Duck Fayre festival, £1,000 allocated to Bevfest in Bevendean and £500 gifted to CASE to fund a science festival for families on low income in Hollingdean.

Among the charities to benefit include Dolphin House, who were awarded £400 towards redecorating its therapy room; Stay Up Late, who have been given £1,000 to run a gig buddies scheme; and Carousel, who will receive £888 to buy an iPad and iPencil to allow learning disabled adults and children to engage in the arts.

Sports clubs will also benefit as £1,000 was awarded to buy kit for Crew Club United, a youth football club in east Brighton; £400 granted to Preston Bowls Club to boost participation among younger members; and Preston Park Youth Cycle Club receiving £1,000 towards the construction of a concrete ramp and tarmac path at Preston Park velodrome.

2018 Grants :

Dolphin House
£400 towards the redecorating, supply of soft furnishings and art materials to therapy room

Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition
£1,000 towards core funding for a community campaign group to lobby on improvements to all aspects of housing across the city

Preston Bowls Club
£400 to support wider promotion of four open days to encourage younger audience to take up bowls

Stay Up Late
£1,000 to support and expand the Wild Rainbows gig buddies scheme

Patcham Duck Fayre
£500 towards the running the community event

Norfolk Square Group
£1,000 towards providing community planters and supporting a gardening group for a public open space

Friends of Preston Park
Bid one – £2000 for a new wooden picnic table and bench
Bid two – £2,000 for five new bins for the park
Bid three – £1,000 to host a Easter Egg hunt for families

Green Centre
£650 towards the conversion of the upper deck of an education bus to host exhibitions and workshops on One Planet initiatives

Young People’s Centre
£1,000 towards a specific project – TBC

Bevendean Chomp
£1,000 towards community lunch club which supports up to 50 people twice a week. This includes a summer trip to Drusillas for families on low incomes.

Light Up St James’s Street
£1,600 to buy and install new lights for trees and lampposts in St James’s Street

Moulsecoomb and Bevendean Community Volunteers
£780 for community cooking equipment and a community celebration to coincide with the installation of the new playground in Bevendean in February.

£1,000 to pay for stage hire and essential costs of a community festival

Bees in the Woods Forest School
£960 to pay for five older people and their carers to attend forest school sessions in Easthill Park in Portslade over the next 12 months.

Crew Club United
£1,000 towards buying kit for a youth football team based in Whitehawk. Some funds subsidised the cost of allowing the side play and attend a three-day youth tournament at Butlins.

Mixed Blessings Theatre Group
£600 to support an all-inclusive theatre group to tour Son of an African, a new production of work, around Sussex

Sing for Better Health
£1,000 towards running the weekly singing group for older people at Elizabeth Court in Hove

The Other Screen
£1,000 towards running open, accessible film screenings and events which explore, discuss and challenge the representation of disabled people

Trust for Developing Communities
£200 towards buying equipment and resources to support the youth work of the 67 Centre in Moulsecoomb

Friends of Farm Green
£900 towards the construction and installation of new thermoplastic activity markings for a new playground in Farm Green, Lower Bevendean

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden
£1,000 to buy pond dipping kit and other equipment to allow young people to get closer to wildlife

£888 to buy an iPad and iPencil to allow learning disabled adults and children to engage in the arts and develop talents has been successful.

Quiet Down There CIC
£865 towards offering 2 local schools (60 children) a residency in the market (£540) and holding 10 community lunches for 100 people (£325)

St James’s Street Community Action Group
Bid one – £1,000 towards providing materials for new flower beds at the corner of St James Street and Rock Gardens by the side of St Mary’s Church
Bid two – £1,000 towards restoring a section of garden beds in Dorset Gardens
Bid three – £1,000 to provide materials and flowers for seven planters in St James’s Street area and add one or two more street planters to the district

Kingscliffe Society
£10,794 for new outdoor gym in Dorset Gardens (provisional providing relevant consents are met)

Community, Advice, Support and Education (CASE)
£500 to fund a science festival for families on low income in Hollingdean

Friends of Regency Square
£200 towards creating a permanent community heritage exhibition of old photos, prints, postcards and memories of Regency Brighton to coincide with 200 years of Regency Square.

Hangleton Food Bank
£500 to provide clients a one-off £10 supermarket voucher to ‘top-up’ the essential items which are not donated

Tarner Community Project
£1,000 to run summer holiday events for young people attending youth club events

Why Not Club
£520 to fund a weekly breakfast club in Brighthelm Park for the street community

£480 towards providing kit for Room to Rant, which provides music workshops for young men in a YMCA Supported Housing setting in Brighton and Hove (tbc)

Small Performance Adventure with Creative Cascade Recovery
£800 to go towards the travel costs and venue hire to support up to 100 people in addiction recovery take part in drama workshops.

£250 to purchase large outdoor screen to support community cinema events. This will be held by Pride as a community resource which can be booked out by community groups across the city.

Sussex Cycle Racing League
£500 towards a new storage shed at Preston Park velodrome

Preston Park Youth Cycle Club
£1,000 towards the construction of a concrete ramp and tarmac path at Preston Park velodrome to support a range of cycling activities

Little Green Pig
£1,000 to support filming of a production of Voices, a story about young people’s experiences which will be form part of Brighton Festival 2019

St Peter’s Womens and Girls Cricket Club
£672 to provide matching kit (complete with SIF logo) for the team

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.