Small grants bonanza for local groups in need

Crawley Borough Council has awarded a total of £18,245 from its small grants fund to 12 voluntary and community organisations.

Small grants of between £50 and £2,500 are paid out to groups who aim to foster greater levels of community support and cohesion through their projects and events.

The latest grants are:

  • £2,500 to Diverse Crawley towards its annual programme of more than 15 key cultural days and celebrations, including two exhibitions and related activities at Crawley Museum in October and November covering Black History Month. The group will also be undertaking art projects with community involvement to mark Crawley New Town’s 75th anniversary and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • £2,500 to the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus for community support for children and adults
  • £2,500 towards project costs for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
  • £2,000 for Moonstones Domestic Abuse Support Network towards its support packages for people fleeing domestic violence
  • £2,000 for mindfulness support group sessions at Crawley Mindfulness Centre
  • £1,500 for Treasure Island towards its DEW Festival at the Hawth on 26 June
  • £1,375 to Pound Hill Pounders for leaders’ training to England Athletics standard
  • £1,250 towards the senior citizen lunch club at the Chagossian Women’s Welfare Association
  • £1,000 to the Tangible Hands Foundation for events and workshops celebrating southern African culture. The project  includes four events at different locations to increase accessibility and visibility, with a focus on arts and crafts, including food, dancing, playing a musical instrument and stone carving
  • £600 to YMCA DownsLink Group for a monthly youth voice group at the Youth advice Centre
  • £570 to New Writing South for inclusive workshops for mothers of young children
  • £450 to Three Bridges Forum for projects to improve the area, including litter picking days, bulb planting and meetings in the community centre where speakers discuss issues relating to the neighbourhood

Since we reintroduced small grants during the year, I’m delighted how the council has been able to help so many grassroots community groups and charities with the invaluable work they do to make Crawley borough a better place. As we continue to come out of lockdown, it is very satisfying to know it is being supported by the tireless work of so many good people. I continue to encourage local groups to apply if they think there is more they could be doing, but a modest amount of money is needed to help make it happen. We want to hear from you.

Councillor Michael Jones

Cabinet member for Public Protection and Community Engagement

Crawley Borough Council

The small grants scheme is open to all community groups and clubs whose activities take place in, or benefit, the Crawley area.

Applications are considered at any time; however, you are advised to apply at least a month before the event or activity will take place.

Typically we award a grant or funding contribution to most proposals that are eligible for support. We also provide match funding opportunities.

The application form and eligibility criteria are available at 

For more information about applying contact Craig Downs, Funding and Commissioning Officer at Crawley Borough Council, on 01293 438763.