Devonshire West Big Local Funding Fair

8 August 2017

Devonshire West Big Local (DWBL) will be holding its first Funding Fair on 14 September 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Eastbourne Blind Society,124-142 Longstone Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 8DA.

The event will bring together local and national funders and community groups and small charities from the Devonshire West area and wider Eastbourne. DWBL has organised this event after receiving feedback from a number of community and voluntary groups that finding, applying for and gaining funding was a real challenge. The event will include opportunities to network with funders and other local groups, talk one to one with funders about what they are looking for in an application, a number of presentations from various funders and a Dragons Den-style panel where two local groups will be given the opportunity to pitch a project idea to a panel of 3 funders for feedback.

The event is free, open to all (including formal and informal community and voluntary groups, CIC’s, CIO’s, small charities and social entrepreneurs) and will include a break for refreshments.

Dragons Den

If your group would be interested in taking part in the Dragons Den style Q&A please email Jessica Boelema at and register an interest by 1 September. The DWBL board will come together to choose two projects that can present to the panel (unfortunately there will only be enough time for 2). Preference will be given to groups who operate in the Devonshire West area.

Transport to the event

The venue is within walking distance from Eastbourne train station (roughly 5 minutes’ walk away). There are two parking multi-storeys very close to the venue (within 5 minutes’ walk): the Arndale Centre Car Park (which is accessed from Susans Road) and the NCP car park (which is accessed from Junction Road).

How to book

If you would like to attend we ask that you please register a place using Eventbrite as there is limited space in the venue.