Sussex Community Foundation 2016-17 stories


Addressing disadvantage and deprivation
Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund

Mosaic Mularky
Memory or Dementia Support (MoDS) supports people with dementia or memory problems in the local community, offering a weekly drop-in group, befriending, telephone befriending, outings and advocacy.

We often work with partners including local authorities and others in Sussex to help us all maximise our support for the voluntary sector groups supporting local people.

In 2015 and 2016, we worked in partnership with NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) and Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) to deliver the Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund. In our 2016 Sussex Uncovered 2 report, we found that out of the eight Sussex wards that appeared in the top 10% most deprived for health and disability, four were in Hastings District. The report also showed that of the thirteen districts in Sussex, Rother has the highest proportion of over 75 year old at almost 17% of the population.

The Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund aims to help local voluntary and community groups tackle health inequalities in Hastings and Rother by encouraging and supporting people to make healthier lifestyle choices and improving access to local healthcare and other support services. It particularly targets the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities and those most at risk of poor health.

Memory or Dementia Support

One of the groups to benefit was Memory or Dementia Support or MoDS, based in Hastings, who have received two grants of £1,000 each from the Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund, one in 2015 and one 2016. The 2016 grant was to support their Mosaic Malarky craft activities.

MoDS support people with dementia or memory problems in the local community, as well as carers and former carers. They offer them a weekly drop-in group, befriending, telephone befriending, outings and, where needed, form-filling and advocacy. All of MoDS services are free to the user. The aim is to increase social inclusion and reduce social isolation.

MoDS drop-in group takes place weekly in Hollington, at a venue which is easily accessible from anywhere in the local area and a large area of Rother. MoDS enables people to build friendships and social connections, giving people a safe place to share and both give and receive support around many issues but specifically to do with dementia, memory loss and long-term health issues.

“This year, we have had a couple of situations that have really highlighted the positive impact the group can have.”

Louise Smith

Positive impact

“This year, we have had a couple of situations that have really highlighted the positive impact the group can have,” says organiser Louise Smith. “In one example, we had a long-term group user that we had supported through the changes associated with a loved one going into residential care. Sadly, the cared-for person passed away this year and the group has really supported the bereaved individual and their family. Their adult children now regularly attend sessions with them and we have been able to provide support for all of them, as well as offering continuity through this difficult time. As MoDS support former carers, there is no time limit on the support we can provide.”

Addressing disadvantage and deprivation
Sussex Uncovered 2

The audience at the launch of SU2
The audience at the launch of our report, Sussex Uncovered 2.

The report was launched at our annual meeting at the American Express Community Stadium, Falmer and speakers included Imran Hussain, Director of Policy, Rights and Advocacy at the Child Poverty Action Group and Jessica Britton, Chief Operating Officer at NHS Hastings & Rother CCG and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG.

There is huge disparity between different parts of Sussex. In one area of Hastings, child poverty is running at over 75% (Baird ward, Hastings (75.5%), whereas in Lindfield, Mid Sussex, less than 1% (0.90%) of children live in poverty.

Data is drawn from the 2015 English Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) which scores for very small geographical areas called LSOAs (lower layer super output areas). LSOAs have an average 1,500 people, so they give a good indication of smaller pockets of deprivation. In Brighton and Hove, the LSOA with the worst child poverty was in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, ranked 3rd most deprived in Sussex and 114th nationally.

Like the first report, Sussex Uncovered 2: Bridging the Gap shows that there is serious deprivation in Sussex, comparable to the most deprived inner city areas and that the costs of living in a rural community are substantially higher than for town-dwellers. Around 25% of Sussex people (outside Brighton & Hove) live in rural areas, and those living on low incomes there can face multiple disadvantages.

The first Sussex Uncovered report was the first report to give a broad view of issues facing local communities across the entirety of Sussex. It found that Sussex is a great place to live if you can afford it. In this report, we wanted to look in a more qualitative way to uncover what is going on at the grassroots.

Much else changed and evolved too between 2013 and 2016. The Government’s austerity policies started to have a real impact on the lives of people in our communities and on the charities and community groups that support them. We asked a number of the groups that we have funded to tell us about the services they provide, how they are managing the new funding environment and their hopes for the future. Their views and experiences are reflected in this report.

Key findings from the new data

  • The worst child poverty in Sussex is now in Baird ward in Hastings where 75.5% of children live in poverty. In our last report, the figure for Tressell ward in Hastings was the highest (67%).
  • Hastings and Brighton & Hove still have levels of overall deprivation above the national average Hastings is the most deprived overall and ranks 20th out of 326 districts in England. It was ranked 20th last time, indicating that its relative deprivation remains unchanged.
  • The average salary of those employed in Sussex remains the lowest in the South East at £28,752. It is below both the South East and England averages. The three districts in Sussex with the highest employment incomes are Mid Sussex, Horsham, and Wealden. In our last report, Chichester came third.
  • In our last report, 34 wards in Sussex were in the top 20% most deprived in England, This time, the figure is 26, indicating that the extent of ward-level deprivation has reduced relative to other areas. However, in our last report, Crawley had no wards in the top 20%. This time around, Broadfield South ward has crept into the top 20% most deprived in England.
  • Men living in less deprived areas of Brighton & Hove will live on average over nine years longer than those in the most deprived areas. In our previous report, the difference was over ten years.
  • Sussex has the 12th highest proportion of population aged 65 and over out of 53 sub-regions in England & Wales, indicating that older people are a significant feature of Sussex. Almost 17% of the population of Rother is over 75-year-olds and over (16.99%). By contrast, Crawley has the smallest proportion of population aged 75 and over at 7.09%.
  • Since the last report, homelessness figures have fluctuated across the districts with some areas seeing reductions in homelessness (e.g. Brighton & Hove and Horsham) and others increases (e.g. Crawley, Arun and Wealden).
  • 25% of people in Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) live in rural areas, much higher than the England average (17.6%). People living on low incomes in rural areas continue to face significant disadvantage, particularly related to the affordability of housing and availability of services and transport.
  • Within Sussex, eight of the wards have health deprivation levels in the top 10% in England. However, this is an improvement on the last report where there were 25 wards in the top 10%.

Grant making
Real Junk Food project

Group of Real Junk Food Volunteers wearing black t-shirts
Real Junk Food Volunteers.

In November 2016, we accompanied Michael Foster, the then-High Sheriff of East Sussex, to visit The Real Junk Food Project at St Luke’s Church, Brighton.

The Project prevents edible food from going to landfill by turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for the community through intercepting food from farms, food banks, restaurants, households, factories, and supermarkets.

The group received a £5,000 grant (from our Brighton Rock and Aisbitt Family funds) last year to invest in a new storage facility in Bevendean. The new facility acts as a distribution hub for Fuel for Schools, all The Real Junk Food Project cafés, events and the waste supermarket.

Lauren's visit

Lauren Lloyd is one of our two fund development managers. Here is her story of that visit.

“I sat next to Steve (not his real name), who has been street homeless since 1990. We sat at a trestle table, under the comforting warmth of an electric heater, in a large, unkempt church hall. He looked well, considering he sleeps rough on the streets of Brighton every night. He says he has spent years flitting from cider, strong lager, cheap vodka, and his drink of choice is now wine. Steve comes into The Real Junk Food Project three times a week to get a substantial three-course healthy meal, all cooked with surplus food from supermarkets that would otherwise have been sent to landfill, or incinerated. The café is run on a PAYF (pay-as-you-feel) basis. Steve told me he usually gives £1.30 for his meal but, today, he was proud to have paid £1.60, because his begging had been particularly successful last night. He has no income whatsoever and says he ‘pilfers from the Pier’ to get enough to buy a cup of tea from McDonalds every so often. I was left alone with Steve when the others on my table went up to get their meal from the canteen. He leaned across to me and asked: “So, what are you doing here, Lauren?”

Dishing up healthy vegetables and salad

Surrounded by a mixture of students, parents and toddlers, volunteers, a dog, and homeless people, I asked myself the same thing. It was Tuesday lunchtime. I had left my husband and young family in the comfort of our family home that morning, and this project was in stark contrast to those four walls, where, as long as I’ve done the weekly shop and filled the fridge, food is plentiful.

At Sussex Community Foundation, my role is to connect donors with small grassroots projects and charities that apply to us for small grants. The Real Junk Food Project is precisely the kind of project we support. It started two years ago, has very little income and helps hundreds of people on a weekly basis with affordable meals. People like Steve can pay as much as he feels able for a meal while socialising with other customers.

What struck me is how unique this situation was, with people from all walks of life breaking bread together, eating beautifully prepared food, and appreciating it for different reasons.

Having seen first-hand the benefit of this project, on so many levels (socially, environmentally, and health benefits), I am now in a position to talk about this project in depth and from a personal perspective when I go to meet with the donors. Not all donors and philanthropists want to - or have the time to - visit a broad selection of small charities. By channelling their giving through Sussex Community Foundation, they can retain control of their giving, have the joy of distributing funds to groups who desperately need their support but with none of the burdensome administration and for a fraction of the cost of running their own charitable trust.”

Building strong, resilient communities
East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden

Man in community garden with large yellow flowers
James Hamilton-Andrews of East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden.

James set up the community garden in 2014 and the grant the group received from Sussex Community Foundation’s Brighton Rock fund in November 2016 for £1,740 was to develop a sensory garden.

An ex-serviceman, James developed a life-altering neurological condition and suffered a serious mental breakdown which led to a time of homelessness and becoming a user of a local foodbank. “The food was very gratefully received of course but what I did notice was that there was a lack of fresh fruit and vegetable available for foodbank users,” says James. “At the same time, the local council were offering garden plots at a new site in the village and kindly offered us a plot at a discounted rate so the community garden was born.” The vast majority of the fruit and vegetables grown there go to supply foodbanks in Hailsham and Uckfield but the main aim is to provide a space for those who have or have had health and physical disabilities.

Local people experiencing such difficulties, who want a therapeutic activity, want to supplement their diet with some healthy fruit and veg or who are simply in need of some company are all welcomed at the community garden. It is designed and managed to make it accessible to all and there are regular opportunities to sit down and share a meal made from the food grown. Sue, who is recovering from gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer, is a regular at the garden. “My cancer has been life-changing. I lost my job, and the rigours of the treatment have left me with little energy. Being involved at the garden gives me the opportunity to be outside in the fresh air, working at my own speed and able to rest whenever I need to,” she says.

James was awarded The President’s Cup from Action in Rural Sussex this year for his work in setting up the allotment project and is now studying for an MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion.

Working together
The Gatwick Foundation Fund

Large group of members of SASBAH
Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

In its first year, the Gatwick Foundation Fund gave out £90,000 to 21 Sussex groups whose applications fitted the criteria.

One of those is Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (or Sasbah) who have been given eleven grants by Sussex Community Foundation worth a total of £27,500 since 2007, an example of the long-term sustainable funding which so many community groups want more of.

The group’s 2016 grant — funded between the Gatwick Foundation Fund, the Leyden House Fund, and the Fleming Family Fund — contributed towards Sasbah's core advisory service, which provides community and home-based support to their users through support, advice, advocacy and other assistance, aiming to support independent living, improve wellbeing, and maximise life opportunities for those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. In many cases, the work the adviser service does has an impact over a long period, often more than a year. This personal story of change began some while ago but the life-affirming impacts only really became apparent this year.

How Sasbah helped a family

“Mr. and Mrs. V have three children, aged three, six and nine and live in Chichester. Their middle son has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. He uses a wheelchair to get around as he is paralysed from the waist down and has many complications with bowel and bladder management. The family have felt marginalised in the community that they live in for many reasons and have faced some very challenging situations over the years.

They approached Sasbah, a few years ago, to ask for support with their financial difficulties. We were able to help with this through our adviser service, including help with budgeting and financial management, and support with the complexities of dealing with changes to the benefits system (especially the difficulty of explaining the impact of hydrocephalus). They were also in great need of housing adaptations to meet the needs of their disabled child, and Sasbah was able to help secure funding and get the necessary changes made. It very soon became apparent that they needed regular support, particularly with the challenge of coping with care, day in and day out.

One means of creating greater resilience was to identify opportunities to meet other families in a similar situation, to share experiences and offer mutual support. Sasbah invited them to one of our family residential breaks. Understandably, they were very anxious about going but soon realised that we provided fully accessible accommodation and funded activities for the children — with the staff and volunteers taking over some of their caring requirements so that they could relax and have a break.

They felt accepted and met many other families from many different backgrounds but with the common interest of caring for a disabled child and living with the huge challenges this creates. Since then, they have attended two more residential breaks, as well as a number of social activities and have become a very active part of the Sasbah ‘family’. Mr. and Mrs. V got married this year, and it was a testament to how important Sasbah has become to them that over half the wedding guests were other Sasbah families they had met in the past four years. Mr. V was very positive about the impact of Sasbah on their lives, saying that not only were his Sasbah family there in large numbers but they were the ones that travelled the furthest to attend. He was truly humbled by this.”

Building strong communities
Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund

mother and toddler girl playing at play park close up
Mile Oak recreational ground

We managed the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund in partnership with Brighton & Hove Community Works and other voluntary sector infrastructure groups. It supported and funded community-led health improvement projects in Brighton & Hove with an annual income below £35,000.

The fund offered one-to-one support and small grants of between £500 and £1,500 to groups who address any of the following areas:

  • Education and prevention of smoking and supporting people to stop
  • Helping to improve diet and nutrition and to reduce obesity
  • Improving sexual health
  • Encouraging active living and increasing exercise
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Helping to reduce social isolation
  • Supporting healthy ageing and improving health-related quality of life for older people
  • Improving alcohol and drug awareness
  • Improve health-related quality of life for those with long-term health conditions
  • Supporting health and wellbeing on a reduced budget.

A citizens’ panel met twice a year organised in partnership with B&H Community Works who supported groups to make applications.

Mile Oak Rec Action Group

Over four years, the fund gave out over £125,000 to 86 groups. One of the groups to be funded in the last round (before the fund closed in March 2017) was MORAG (the Mile Oak Rec Action Group, pictured here) to improve facilities at the Mile Oak recreational ground. The group improved the play equipment, installing a roundabout and laying a safe play surface. The group improved the general accessibility and created a community garden.

Grant making
Blagrave Trust Funding

Tarner kids hold up a 'thank you' banner they made
PACSO says thanks

Unrestricted grants of up to £25,000 a year for three years were offered in 2014, focused on enabling local organisations to make a significant step change in their ability to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children. The allocation of the funds was to be driven by the grantee and therefore used for both organisational and programme costs.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Parents and Carers Support Organisation (PACSO)
  • Mankind
  • Tarner Community Project
  • Extratime
  • Adventure Unlimited (closed in 2016)

“The programme has worked really well, and all grantees have stressed the great value of the ongoing and flexible nature of the programme. The fact that they can change how they use the grant over time without having to apply again has enabled them to learn from experience and develop arrange of interventions that are relevant for their target market.”

Hannah Clay, Programmes Manager

Tarner Community Project video

PACSO case study: J’s story

J is 18 years old and has a learning disability. He has been a regular at PACSO for the past five years. He had a PACSO Buddy until the scheme finished in 2015, and his parent was delighted that PACSO was so keen to help J improve his independence skills, including teaching him to use public transport and to order his own food and drink in a café.

In 2015, PACSO approached our local Tesco store and it was agreed that we could use their store for Job Club. Each Monday afternoon, a group of youngsters go along for work experience, including shelf-stacking and operating the tills. J was keen to attend and soon showed an aptitude for the work.

When Tesco later advertised for part-time staff, J applied, but his application was unsuccessful. Undeterred, J continued to attend Job Club, but made no secret of the fact that he wanted a job that would earn him money. PACSO agreed to work with him, to highlight his skills, and to identify what his weaknesses were and what he could do to improve upon them. Tesco staff were also keen to help him, and they arranged for a member of the PACSO team to assist J at a ‘mock interview.' He passed with flying colours and Tesco human resources staff told him that had it been a proper interview, he would have been offered a job.

J continued to attend Job Club until October 2016, when Tesco advertised for Christmas staff. J applied and was offered a part-time, seasonal job! He so impressed his employers that, after Christmas, they approached him and offered him a permanent position. J is now a popular member of the local Tesco team and, at 19 years old, now regularly socialises with his work peers. He has stopped using Job Club because he no longer needs the service.

“The Blagrave Trust programme has worked really well, and all grantees have stressed the great value of the ongoing and flexible nature of it.”

Hannah Clay, Programmes Manager



Introduction by our CEO Kevin Richmond

CEO Kevin Richmond
An Inspiring Vision

I write this report just after hearing the sad news that our Founder, the 10th Duke of Richmond, has passed away. He was an extraordinary and wonderful man.

Kevin Richmond

He worked tirelessly to make the world a better place and he inspired many people to do the same. Sussex Community Foundation is one of many charities which he helped to found and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. I am in no doubt that we would not have been successful without his ardent support. The Duke set out the vision for this charity when he spoke at our very first board meeting in January 2006: “We have a huge opportunity to make a significant contribution over time to the quality of life of the people of Sussex. In such a generally affluent area, it is, in my view, a scandal that there should be twelve deprived wards in Sussex standing in the bottom 20% of wards in the national social deprivation scale.”

The Duke was proud of the impact that the charity he founded has had on Sussex. Thanks to the generosity of Sussex donors, the charity had built an endowment of £13 million at the end of 2016-17 and had given out £11.5 million in grants.

2016-17 was our most successful year in terms of the value of grants awarded – just under £2 million – and in the number of new named funds set up – 15. We have strengthened both our fund development and grants teams and continue to work with our existing and new donors to develop their community philanthropy and maximise their charitable giving. We published the second edition of Sussex Uncovered – Bridging the Gap and continued to provide a variety of support for the community – small grants for small groups plus larger and strategic grants.

I feel very proud when our grant recipients tell me that Sussex Community Foundation is a friendly and approachable grant-maker and one which helps them to achieve their goals in their community. It is truly gratifying when we can help groups at all stages of their development to make the maximum possible difference to people’s lives in Sussex.

“We have always been impressed by – and grateful to – Sussex Community Foundation and have found your support since our inception to be invaluable to our growth and development. Without your investment, we could not have developed new services and/or would have found it a great deal harder to secure funding from organisations outside of Sussex who want to see local support before they invest. In short, the community foundation has been vital to our success.”

Reaching families, Worthing

So I agree with the Duke of Richmond. We do have a great opportunity to make a significant difference to people’s lives across Sussex. It is a privilege to work towards such an inspiring vision. I thank everyone – trustees, staff, ambassadors and volunteers – who have made this possible and look forward to working with you all to continue this vital work.

Our year

April 2016

Promoting effective philanthropy Sussex in the City

Our third Sussex in the City event, with star speaker and top fund manager Anthony Bolton, took place in April. Anthony launched his own Boltini Fund with us in 2012.

Sussex in the city attendees

New faces

Stephen Chamberlain joins Lauren Lloyd to complete our fund development staff.

Lauren and Stephen

Personal and family foundation philanthropy in the UK grew by nearly 20% in 2015/16

Giving Trends 2017, ACF

May 2016

Philanthropy events
Stopham Park

Sir Brian and Lady Barttelot hosted a reception for our guests at their beautiful Stopham Park home in May. The event was kindly sponsored by Heartwood and Handelsbanken.

Stopham Park Philanthropy event

10th Birthday

World-renowned opera singer and long-term supporter Sir John Tomlinson CBE appeared in the Glyndebourne Festival programme as part of our tenth birthday celebrations in 2016.

Photographer: Sarah Weal

“I love Sussex and the Foundation is a great way for me to give locally.”

Sir John Tomlinson

June 2016

Addressing disadvantage and deprivation
Hastings & Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund

We often work with partners including local authorities and others in Sussex to help us all maximise our support for the voluntary sector groups supporting local people.

In 2015 and 2016, we worked in partnership with NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) and Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) to deliver the Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund.


In Rother district, almost 17% of people are aged over 75 – almost twice the England & Wales average.

Sussex Uncovered 2016

July 2016

Working together
Professional advisors

Our Fund Development team work closely with professional advisors, such as wealth managers, accountants and solicitors, across Sussex to offer our charitable giving services to their clients.

With only one in five firms of professional wealth advisers providing philanthropic advice to their clients, we are here to provide advice on charitable giving when it is needed.

Last July, we co-hosted a Philanthropic Giving and Social Investment seminar with solicitors Irwin Mitchell at Warnham Park, near Horsham. Guests learned about new rules enabling philanthropists to make the most of social investment opportunities, charity investments, key features of the lower IHT rate and aspects of Gift Aid, the gift of land and quoted investments.

Professional advisors pack (pdf)

Professional advisors and Stephen at an event in the summer

Two-fifths of wealthy people in the UK are taking philanthropy advice.

Charities Aid Foundation and Scorpio Partnership, UK major donor segmentation study 2013

August 2016

Community integration
Promoting community integration

The 2016 High Sheriff of West Sussex (and now a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation) Mark Spofforth visited the Sierra Leone Sussex Association, a migrant support group based in Worthing whose objective is to promote community integration.

High Sheriff of West Sussex (and now a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation) visited the Sierra Leone Sussex Association

Building strong, resilient communities
East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden

At its heart, our work enables Sussex people and communities to become strong and resilient by their own hand and in their own ways.

The inspirational James Hamilton-Andrews and the East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden that he has helped to create is a great example. James set up the community garden in 2014 and the grant the group received from Sussex Community Foundation’s Brighton Rock fund in November 2016 for £1,740 was to develop a sensory garden.

Man at community garden beside the chalkboard notice

September 2016

Philanthropy events
Michelham Priory

With last year’s High Sheriff of East Sussex, Mr Michael Foster DL, we hosted a party for the East Sussex voluntary sector at Michelham Priory in September, as part of our tenth birthday celebrations. We’d like to thank again our speakers Jackie Wilkes from Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven CAB and Howard Wardle from Eastbourne Foodbank.

Four women at an event at Michelham Priory

Nearby Hailsham Foodbank – only four miles away from Michelham Priory – gave out 980 three-day emergency food supply packages to people in crisis in 2016.

October 2016

Working together

Our Grants team has great relationships with all the Sussex voluntary action organisations and regularly attend meetings of local CVSs and networks to ensure we have a broad understanding of sector issues and challenges. In October, we were invited to talk at the Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester funding fair at the University of Chichester in Bognor Regis.


Horsham & Mid Sussex Voluntary Action ran 11 courses/workshops primarily for voluntary and community group, using a £2,379 grant from our Marit and Hans Rausing Fund.

Award winner
Sector Star 2016

We were delighted to win a Sector Star Award from B&H Community Works (that support the voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove) in the ‘Biggest impact in the city’ category. Judges wanted to award a small group and a larger organisation, proving that everyone can have an impact on their local area and in many different ways. Our co-winners were Hollingdean Lucky Dip.

Sector Stars in moody lighting

November 2016

There are huge inequalities across Sussex. In parts of Hastings, over 75% of children live in poverty, whereas in Lindfield in Mid Sussex less than 1% of children live in poverty.

Influence and learning
Sussex Uncovered 2

We work hard to understand more about the needs of Sussex to ensure our grant-making is having the best possible impact in the right places.

Our report, Sussex Uncovered 2: Bridging the Gap, released in November 2016, showed that child poverty is still shockingly high in Sussex, three years after our first report in 2013.

Imran Hussain CPAG at AMEX

Grant making
Real Junk Food project

Behind all the statistics about our grant-making are the real people whose lives are impacted so positively by the work we support. We regularly take our supporters – whether they are donors or others – to visit the projects we fund so they can get a better idea of the needs of real Sussex people that we support.

In November 2016, we accompanied Michael Foster, the then-High Sheriff of East Sussex, to visit The Real Junk Food Project at St Luke’s Church, Brighton. The Project prevents edible food from going to landfill by turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for the community through intercepting food from farms, food banks, restaurants, households, factories, and supermarkets.

Bowl of healthy and colourful salad

December 2016

Working together
The Gatwick Foundation Fund

Working collaboratively is central to our model of philanthropy. Responding to the needs of the community by using a wealth of goodwill and professionalism from both corporate and voluntary sectors means we can target our grant-making where it is most needed.

We partnered with Gatwick Airport and our sister community foundations in Kent and Surrey to launch the Gatwick Foundation Fund. The Fund gives annual grants of £300,000 across Sussex, Kent, and Surrey to support training and skills, helping families in need, providing opportunities for young people and reducing isolation for older people.

Group of Gatwick Foundation Trustees

Promoting effective philanthropy
Arthur Green awards

We are indebted, as always, to our lovely supporter Arthur Green who once again gave out his annual awards from the Arthur and Doreen Green Fund at the Mayor’s Parlour in Brighton in December.

Group of people having recieved their Arthur Green Awards

There are 89,000 carers in West Sussex. 70,000 of them are ‘hidden’.

Carer Support West Sussex

January 2017

Influence and learning
Working together Crawley CVS funding fair

We work closely with community infrastructure teams – such as local CVS – across Sussex to ensure we have a broad understanding of sector issues and challenges. Funding fairs are great places to meet local groups to gain insights into local issues and challenges.

In January, we visited the Civic Hall in Crawley where Grants Officer Adrian Barrott presented at the Crawley CVS Meet the Funders event.

The Posh Club, Crawley

Our William Reed Fund, based in Crawley, has given grants worth a total of £282,500 since 2008.

New faces

Hannah Clay joins as our new Programmes Manager, followed soon after by our new Grants Administrator Tracy Williams. To complete our Grants team, in April we welcomed Tom Bell.

Hannah and Tracy, staff at SCF

February 2017

Influence and learning
Middle Monday Lunch

In 2016, our staff team decided to start up what we call our Middle Monday Lunch event. The idea is to invite in guests from charities, community groups, and others to an informal lunch to talk to us about their work and the issues they and their service-users face. Our first MML guest was Jo Martindale from the Hangleton and Knoll Project in Brighton.

Portrait of Jo Martindale

The overall crime rate in Hangleton & Knoll is lower than the average across England.

Police UK

March 2017

Working together
Action in rural Sussex funding fair

Funding fairs are great places to provide information on the work of the Foundation and to meet local groups to gain insights into local issues and challenges. In March, we attended the Action in Rural Sussex funding fair in Wealden.

Adrian speaking at the Action in Rural Sussex Funding Fair

Building strong communities
Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund

We work closely with community networks across Sussex, especially voluntary action infrastructure groups.

Not only do we fund many councils for voluntary service but we have also worked closely with a number to deliver funds to supports community groups working to tackle specific needs. One such was the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund which we managed in partnership with Brighton & Hove Community Works and other voluntary sector infrastructure groups. It supported and funded community-led health improvement projects in Brighton & Hove with an annual income below £35,000.

mother and toddler playing at play park

Grant making
Unlock sustainable funding

Knowing that the funding charities and community groups desperately need is sustainable longer term funding, we partnered with the Blagrave Trust to establish a large grant programme to support up to five charities in Sussex working with children and young people (aged up to 25 years).

Kids in a gardening project

The Blagrave Trust programme has worked really well, and all grantees have stressed the great value of the ongoing and flexible nature of it.

Hannah Clay, Programmes Manager


Investing in Sussex

Grant making: it’s what we do

In the financial year 2016-17, Sussex Community Foundation gave out 662 grants to individuals, charities, community groups and other social enterprises totalling £1,984,750 – the most we have ever given.

grants given by local authority

The pie chart shows the percentage of grants that went to each local authority in Sussex.

  • Arun
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Chichester
  • Crawley
  • Hastings
  • Horsham
  • Lewes
  • Mid Sussex
  • Rother
  • Wealden
  • Worthing
  • Other

Grants given by issue

The pie chart shows the percentage of grants that went to each issue in Sussex.

  • Arts, culture and heritage
  • Community support and development
  • Education, learning and training
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Poverty and disadvantage
  • Social inclusion

Statement of financial activities

View the statement (print-friendly pdf)

Graphic: "for every £1 invested in fundraising, we raised £34"


Connection with communities

Trustees Building our network

Over the last year, we have continued to build our network across Sussex.

We have 14 trustees, chaired by Keith Hollis, recruited for the particular skills they can bring to the Foundation. In 2016-17, we welcomed Colin Field, Denise Patterson, Mark Spofforth, Patricia Woolgar, Nikki Glover and Rodney Buse onto the board.

Pictured: David Allam with incoming chair Keith Hollis.

Keith Holllis and David Allam

We welcomed six new trustees

Colin Field
Denise Patterson
Mark Spofforth
Nikki Glover
Patricia Woolgar
Rodney Buse

Ambassadors Our local contacts

In addition, we have a growing band of Ambassadors who are our eyes and eyes on the ground within their communities.

Meeting up regularly to feedback who and what they know about their local communities, they ensure we are up-to-date with issues and needs as they play out locally.

Pictured: Kathy Gore DL (centre) is an ex-trustee and Ambassador for the Foundation.

SCF Ambassadors at an event

Friends Growing membership

Our Friends membership scheme also came of age, and 23 more people and companies came on board to support us in a smaller – but all-important – way, making donations of between £500 and £1,000 per year to enable us to pay our own bills and overheads.

Pictured: Steve Allen (with Tracey Allen) is an Ambassador and a Friend of the Foundation.

Friends of SCF, Steve and Tracy Allen

Staff Working for Sussex

Our staff numbers have increased to nine, all working to serve the donors and communities of Sussex.

We offer an excellent service for Sussex donors and a robust and fair grant-making service for charities and community groups, enabling both to work together to make Sussex a great place to live for everyone.

Sussex Community Foundation Staff



The late 10th Duke of Richmond and Gordon

Joint Presidents

Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex

Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex


Consuelo Brooke

Maggie Burgess

Rodney Buse

Julia Carrette

Charles Drayson

Colin Field DL

Jonica Fox

Nikki Glover

Keith Hollis (Chairman)

Michael Martin

Martin Roberts

Mark Spofforth OBE

Pamela Stiles

Patricia Woolgar


David Allam DL

Steve Allen

Andrew Blackman DL

Diana Garnham

Kathy Gore OBE DL

Neil Hart DL

Georgina Hovey

Trevor James

Jonathan and Caroline Lucas

Caroline Nicholls DL

Denise Patterson DL

Graham Peters DL

Bill Shelford

Juliet Smith DL

Patrick Stevens

David Tate OBE DL


Adrian Barrott Grants Officer

Tom Bell Grants Officer

Stephen Chamberlain Development Manager

Hannah Clay Programmes Manager

Miranda Kemp Communications and Marketing Manager

Lauren Lloyd Development Manager

Rex Mankelow Resources Manager

Kevin Richmond Chief Executive

Tracy Williams Grants Administrator


Sarah Wilson

Anya Ledwith

Susie Maskew

Kate Scales, Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester

Mireille Shimoda, Resource Centre, Brighton

Karl Parks, Crawley CVS

Jennifer Rowley, Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester

Catherine Mitchell, Brighton & Hove Community Works

Our Advisers

Knill James LLP Registered auditors

Sarasin & Partners LLP Investment managers

CCLA Investment Management

Irwin Mitchell LLP Solicitors


We would be nothing without our fund holders, donors and supporters

The 10th Duke of Richmond and Gordon

It was with great sorrow that we heard of the death of His Grace the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in September, after a short illness.

Sussex Community Foundation was founded by the Duke in 2006 and he was our first chairman. Since 2006, the Foundation has raised over £25 million for Sussex people, charities and community groups across Sussex. This success is due to the vision of the Duke and his initial drive and determination to establish the Foundation. The people of Sussex have benefitted hugely from his vision, compassion and commitment.

The Duke of Richmond was an extraordinary and wonderful man. He had a strong faith and a commitment to use his position as Duke to make the world a better place and to help those less fortunate than himself. He will be sorely missed but leaves a great legacy to our wonderful county.

The Duke and Duchess of Richmond

Our thanks

Named Funds active during the year

Aisbitt Family Fund

Albert Van den Bergh / Glover Fund

Alta Fund

American Express Fund

Amy Hart Fund

Anjoli Stewart Fund


Arthur and Doreen Green Fund

Arthur and Rosemary Kay Fund

Azalea Fund

Beechlands Fund

Blagrave Trust Fund

Boltini Fund

Brenda Ford Fund

Brighton & Hove Arts Fund

Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund

Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund

Brighton Rock Fund

Carpenter Box Fund

Comic Relief Community Cash

Comic Relief Large Grants Programme

Comic Relief Local Communities Fund

Comic Relief Local Communities Core Strength Fund

Cragwood Fund

Cullum Family Trust Fund

Dame Elizabeth Nash Fund

David and Karen Allam Fund

Dexam Fund

East Brighton Trust Fund

East Sussex High Sheriff Fund

East Sussex Women of the Year Fund

East Sussex Stay Well this Winter Fund

Fairfield Fund

Fangorn Fund

Field Family Fund

Fleming Family Fund

Friends of the Elderly Fund

Gatwick Diamond Business Association Challenge Fund

Gatwick Foundation Fund

Glebe Fund

Glenn and Phyllida Earle Fund

Gurney Charitable Trust Fund

Hastings and Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Fund

Hastings Proactive Grant Project

Ian Askew Charitable Trust Fund

Innes Fund

Isaac Ganas Fund

John Laing Charitable Foundation

Kim Addison Fund

Knighton Fund

Lawson Endowment for Sussex

Lewes and District Flood & Disaster Relief Fund

Lewes Fund

Leyden House Fund

Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin End-of-Life Care Fund

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund

Lorna’s Fund

Madeleine Fund

Margaret Greenhough Fund

Marit and Hans Rausing Fund

Martin Family Fund

Meads Fund

Millicent Mather Fund

Nick and Gill Wills Fund

Noel Bennett Fund

Open Door Fund

Peel Family Fund

Pegasus Fund

Pro Bono Fund

Purple Fund

Rampion Fund

Rooney Foundation Fund

Rye Fund

Sachs Trust Fund

Selits Fund

Shoreham Air Show Fund

Southern Water Fund

Sport Relief Community Cash Fund

Surviving Winter Fund

Sussex Lund

West Sussex High Sheriff Fund

Westdene Fund

Westoute Fund

William Alexander Fund

William Reed Fund

Worthing and Adur Fund

Young People’s Fund

Youth Social Action Fund


Barness Charity

Birthday House Trust

Bluecoat Wealth Management


Classic Collection Holidays

East Sussex County Council

Heartwood / Handelsbanken

Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group

Homity Trust

Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust

Professional Working Solutions

Quilter Cheviot Investment Management

Sarasin and Partners LLP

West Sussex County Council

Whitebox UK of Lancing

Special thanks to

Sir Brian and Lady Barttelot

Anthony & Sarah Bolton

Maureen and Michael Chowen CBE DL

Michael Foster DL, High Sheriff of East Sussex

Daniel Hodson

Georgina Hovey

James and Clare Kirkman

David and Sarah Kowitz

Lord & Lady Lloyd of Berwick

Jonathan & Caroline Lucas

Mr Andrew Stewart-Roberts

Mark Spofforth DL, High Sheriff of West Sussex

Peter Thorogood MBE, St Mary’s Bramber

Barnaby Weiner

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Pete West

Friends of Sussex Community Foundation

All the people, companies and groups who donated to the Shoreham Air Show Fund

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