Crowdfund East Sussex

Get up to £2,500 in +Extra funding to help your community thrive

The East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund is supporting projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality or environmental sustainability throughout the county. Projects could be eligible for up to £2,500 in +Extra Funding to help their communities thrive, with priority given to projects addressing existing inequalities.

🎉 Double your donations 🎉

From 27 May 2024 to 30 June 2024, East Sussex County Council will double donations made by your supporters up to a total of £2,500 —meaning double the impact for your cause.

How to apply for this fund

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply through your crowdfunding dashboard. Applications will be reviewed on Friday 24th May 2024. If approved, all pledges made by supporters will be matched pound for pound up to £250 per pledge!

About this fund

East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund
East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund
Get up to £2,500

Supporting projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.


Community Wellbeing Fund

What can East Sussex County Council fund?

The Community Wellbeing Fund aims to support projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex. We will support a wide range of projects that help people and planet to thrive, with priority given to projects addressing existing inequalities.

This could include, for example, projects which:

1. Create connection and tackle loneliness.

2. Develop vibrant community hubs.

3. Increase active, sustainable and accessible travel.

4. Improve access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

5. Involve communities in tackling climate change.

6. Enhance the built and natural environment.

7. Support people to explore the use of creativity as a way to wellbeing.

8. Enable people to participate in and benefit from the digital world.

9. Promote financial inclusion.

10. Build safer and inclusive neighbourhoods.

How does the match funding work?
  • You may be eligible for match funding of up to 50% of your fundraising target, or up to £2,500 maximum pledge (whichever is the lower).
  • Your project must receive pledges from a minimum of 25 unique Supporters.
  • All pledges made by unique supporters will be matched pound for pound up to £250 per pledge. Only one pledge per supporter will be matched.
  • Following receipt of a pledge, projects must reach 100% of the initial fundraising target in order to secure the funds. If the project fails to reach 100% of the target the live match funding will be cancelled.
  • Live match funds will count towards your Project’s target.

Please note: This fund will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Matching will stop automatically when the funds are fully allocated. Being approved for The East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund does not guarantee you will receive any funding.

Before completing your application for match-funding we ask that you read the accompanying guidance notes fully. Read here.

The following Pledges will not be matched:
  • i) Pledges made before a Project is accepted to participate in the Fund or after a Project’s initial fundraising period ends.
  • ii) Second (2nd) and any subsequent (3rd, 4th, etc) pledges to the same Project by the same supporter.
  • iii) Pledges made by Organisations to their own Projects.

Essential criteria
  • The project must benefit people who live or work in East Sussex
  • The project must be run by a not-for-profit organisation based in East Sussex
  • The project organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000
  • The project must demonstrate strong local support by crowdfunding 25% of its target from a minimum of 25 unique backers
  • The project should be creative and engaging
  • The project should develop either community facilities or community activities or address the climate emergency
  • Political or religious projects will not be funded

Fund Release

The Community Wellbeing Funding will be released once the fundraising target has been reached and the Terms and Conditions are signed by the organisation.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) reserves the right not to fund, or to withdraw funding during a campaign if it becomes apparent that any of the criteria are not being met. ESCC also reserves the right to amend this information at any time.

Free weekly drop-ins, workshops and training are available to support your project development from our partners.

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you.

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How +Extra funding works

start crowdfunding

Start a project

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

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