The Rainbow Fund is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company with a remit to receive donations, and to use them to give grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton and Hove. We have no premises, or paid workers, so all donations can go to the good causes.  We also don’t fundraise ourselves.

For fundraisers, whether it be local businesses and venues, or individuals, or local fundraising groups, we are a trusted and transparent way of making sure that that the funds they work so hard to raise go where they are needed, without having to make difficult choices between competing requests for support from local organisations.

In the 27 year history of Brighton Pride, in it’s various incarnations, there has always been an element of fundraising, with varying degrees of success. As a Community Interest Company and under the leadership of director Paul Kemp and his team, there has been a declared intention of creating a “Pride With Purpose” with £1 from every ticket sold for the Pride Festival in Preston Park, and £1 from every wrist band sold for the Pride Village Party coming directly to The Rainbow Fund, and our independent grants panel, to assess applications for grants. Last year (2017) Pride raised £107,000 – enabling groups and organisations to continue their work, and to fund some innovative projects. On their behalves I would like to thank you for the support you give them by supporting Pride.

Chris Gull, Chair of The Rainbow Fund.

2017 awards

£5,000 to Allsorts Youth Project towards continued support for Transformers (trans youth group 16-25) and One to One support.

£1,725 to Brighton Gems towards core funding including venue hire for two meetings a month.

£5,000 to The Clare Project towards One to One Counselling Project for trans people in conjunction with Clinic T.

£7,150 to The Rainbow Chorus received for core funding, and continued support for the RC+ project.

£5,270 to Older and Out for continuing support for monthly lunch club for LGBT+ Elders.

£7,500 to Sussex Beacon for part funding for group work.

£1,800 to Accessibility Matters for core funding.

£1,000 to Whitehawk LGBT+ Support Group as seed funding to assist through early stages of setting up and constituting a new LGBT+ group for East Brighton.

£5,000 to Trans Alliance for production of high quality video to be used in Trans Awareness Training.

£7,300 to Peer Action for core funding, and continued support for monthly therapy days and weekly yoga sessions.

£8,082 to Lunch Positive for core funding, and continuing support for weekly lunch club to provide information, social inclusion, and a healthy meal for people living with, or affected by, HIV.

£14,989 to MindOut for continued support for Out of the Blue suicide prevention peer support group, facilitation of an open, weekly, social support group and part funding for a new LGBTQ+ counselling service.

£11,725 to Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard for The Rainbow Café – a project to reduce isolation for LGBT+ people living with dementia, their families and carers.

£29,147 to LGBT Community Safety Forum towards cost of four public meetings a year to hold statutory authorities to account on behalf of our communities; a one-off purchase of two scooters to allow volunteers to respond more quickly to over 500 call outs per year for their 24/7 outreach service and continued support for the Next Step Project to help 50 LGBT+ people move on, into employment, training, and volunteering opportunities.

Rainbow Fund Fundraising award: Presented to Brighton Bear Weekend

Brighton Pride Fundraising Award: Presented to Legends.

2016 awards :

£1,974 to Accessibility Matters toward core costs of running the project which delivers access to Pride for disabled people

£5,000 to Allsorts for their work with young trans people at Transformers

£1,508 for FTMB to help them double their meetings to two a month

£4,889 to MindOut, the LGBT mental health project to support ‘Out of the Blue’ a suicide prevention and peer support group and a further weekly social peer support group

£2,000 to Radio Reverb for the ‘HIV Happy Hour’ weekly radio show dealing with issues surrounding HIV

£6,850 to Rainbow Chorus towards core funding and to develop the work to provide opportunities for people who just want to sing and don’t want to perform in concerts

£10,066 was awarded to Lunch Positive towards the cost of providing a healthy meal each Friday for people with HIV

£5,000 to Trans Can Sport to help transgender and gender variant people have access to sport

£10,098 to BluePrint 22 a young persons project to support ‘Work it Out’ a project supporting 60 young people who have experienced barriers to employment, enterprise and education because of their sexuality or gender

£2,720 to Brighton GEMS to enable them to add a second daytime meeting to their monthly Friday evening meetings

£6,493 to Peer Action towards core costs and continuing to provide therapies and yoga sessions for people with HIV

£5,010 to Older and Out to help continue their once a month social club for older LGBT+ people 

£12,514 to the LGBT Community Safety Forum for core costs, a self-defence course and a new Outreach programme

2015 awards

GEMS – £ 2,500
Grant towards Core Funding Costs

PEER ACTION – £ 7,500
Grant towards Core Funding Costs, providing Complementary Therapies and Yoga sessions for people affected by HIV

OLDER AND OUT – £ 5,000
Grant towards providing continuing support for social activities, lunches and representation for LGBT elders

MINDOUT – £ 4,889
Grant towards Suicide Prevention Programme ‘Out of the Blue’ and continuing support for social group

BRIGHTON AND HOVE LGBT SWITCHBOARD – £ 5,000
Grant to pay for external clinical supervision for counsellors

TRANS ALLIANCE – £ 5,775
Grant towards Core Funding costs and delivering Trans Awareness training to businesses and employers

CLARE PROJECT – £ 4,910
Grant towards Core Funding costs and continued support for ‘Living Well Courses’

RAINBOW FAMILIES – £ 2,580
Grant towards funding a range of activities and events designed to engage older children within LGBT families to develop friendships

SUSSEX BEACON – £ 4,350
Grant towards equipping Rainbow Fund Treatment Room for use of nurses and service users of the Sussex Beacon

LUNCH POSITIVE – £ 7,500
Grant towards Core Funding costs and continued support for weekly lunches

BRIGHTON AND HOVE LGBT COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM – £ 7,485
Grant towards Core costs, safety training and information sessions delivered from a portable trailer in St James Street

ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS – £ 7,495
Grant towards Core funding costs, BSL signers at Pride and a Hate Crime Needs Assessment

SMALL GROUPS NETWORK – £ 2,820
Grant towards meeting room hire costs

RADIO REVERB – £ 3,000
Grant towards sponsoring 52 one hour weekly radio shows for the HIV community called The HIV Happy Hour

RAINBOW CHORUS – £ 2,500
Grant to establish a new singing group with more assessable rehearsal times and less pressure, creating greater social inclusion

ALLSORTS – £ 5,000
Grant towards delivering services to trans children and LGBT young people