Introducing the Building Stronger Communities Fund

30 May 2017

Funded by East Sussex Public Health, the Building Stronger Communities Fund is open to communities and groups across the county to support activities that value and utilise the strengths of local communities (asset based approaches). The Building Stronger Communities Fund is also part of Connecting4You in the west of the county. This fund makes Public Health resource available across the whole of East Sussex with awards of up to £1,500 to communities and groups with an income of up to £50,000. 

The Building Stronger Communities Fund focusses on providing small amounts of resource to support communities to do the things that that are important to them, and which help communities to recognise, grow and build on their own strengths and talents (asset based approaches).  Consequently groups do not need to be formally constituted to apply for funds as smaller groups will be offered support by their local voluntary sector infrastructure organisation (CVS). For example, this could be a group of neighbours who want to start some community activity in their area. 

Grants are available for one year – so don’t delay. Whilst there is no application deadline for Building Stronger Communities and fast track grants, the deadline for Standard Grants is Friday, 7 July 2017.

Want to know more?

Come to a briefing session

3VA will be hosting several free briefing sessions about the Building Stronger Communities Fund to explain what sorts of activities might be eligible and the application process.

Book now to attend a briefing session near you:

  • Uckfield, 20 July 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Seaford, 25 July from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Eastbourne, 26 July from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Read more online

Full details of the range of grants available, qualifying conditions and areas together with an application form and guidance notes can be found at:

If you have any queries about the grant form or process then please email

Get support and advice

If you would like support and advice about your activity or completing the form please contact 3VA on 01323 639373 or email Jenny Watson at or Miriam Wilkinson at