Funding Sources

3VA provides free specialist funding advice if you are unsure about how or where to start looking for funding. Please contact one of team for support:


Eastbourne: Maureen Anstey 01323 419 788

Lewes District: Karl Parks 01273 483 832

Wealden: Karl Parks 01825 765 136



If your group is based in East Sussex, you can sign up to use GrantNet for free. A search through GrantNet will look at a number of local and national grants, loans and other funding opportunities. Find out more at GrantNet.


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We also work closely with partners in other organisations and recommend that organisations sign up for East Sussex County Council’s comprehensive monthly bulletin on funding sources.


A Selection of Local and National Funders:

Sustainable Income

Funding doesn't always have to mean grants. There are a range of other sources of funding and when you are looking at funding your work it is important to consider the range of options available, including:

  • Private fundraising
  • Donations
  • Sponsorship
  • Legacies
  • Gift aid
  • Trading
  • Delivering contracts

If you would like any support in building these funding sources into your organisation's work, please contact one of the team above.



We are seeing more and more commissioning, particularly from the public sector. This may be to replace grant funding, or to run alongside it. If you are interested in applying to deliver services, please use the following links to some of the local public sector organisations, which may include opportunities for voluntary and community sector groups:

East Sussex County Council

Eastbourne Borough Council

Lewes District Council

Wealden District Council

Business Link also includes a contract finder for public sector opportunities on its website.


NAVCA, one of the national body for Councils for Voluntary Services, has also published A Bridge Between Two Worlds which looks at best practice in commissioning from the sector, with a number of relevant case studies.