Grassroots groups urged to apply for health and wellbeing grants


Grassroots groups in Brighton and Hove are being encouraged to apply for funding for projects that improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people.  

What funding is available?  

Switchboard, in partnership with the Communities Health Inequalities Programme (CHIP), is offering grants of between £50 and £5,000 from a fund worth £20,000.  

A total of £5,000 of the fund is ringfenced for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Colour (QTIBPOC) and people who experience racism, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and Jewish people.

Who should apply?

Grassroots groups from Brighton and Hove with annual incomes of up to £150,000 are being encouraged to apply. 

Why should my group apply?  

Jane Woodhull, Switchboard’s Inclusion and Engagement Project Manager, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity as small grassroots groups and organisations make a massive difference to the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people throughout Brighton and Hove.  

“Often, it’s difficult for these groups to access funding, so we wish to make these grants accessible to them.  

“I’m delighted that a quarter of the total funding pot has been reserved for projects that help racially minoritised groups, and I’m very keen to receive applications from organisations that are keen to take these projects forward.”  

Sounds good. How can my group apply?  

Complete this form

Communities Health Inequalities Programme Application

Name of person applying(Required)
e.g. LGBT people of colour living in East Brighton, Neurodiverse bisexual people in the city, or LGBTQ people experiencing financial hardship in Kemptown
e.g. taking part in a new and ‘healthy’ activity, making new social connections, learning new information about a health issue including how to access support if needed.
e.g. • Improved well-being e.g. do people feel participating in the activity has benefited their mental and/or physical health and wellbeing (and how?) • No. of people participating (include equalities monitoring?) • Health focus (of activity funded) and raised awareness of which health conditions incorporated into sessions (e.g. cancer awareness, mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular health, maternity services)? • Connecting with other services and groups?
• Observation • Conversation and quotes, pictures, drawings • How people found out about the sessions • Post-it notes? Suggestion box? Voice recordings?
Do you have a safeguarding policy(Required)
If you don’t have a safeguarding policy in place this does not disqualify you as long as you are prepared to develop one (we can assist with this).
Please give as much detail as you have. What is each need and what amount is needed.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

How will my group’s application be assessed?  

A panel of people from Brighton and Hove’s LGBTQ+ communities will review your application following the deadline for submissions.   

All grants will then be allocated before the end of March 2024.  

Where can I get further information

Please contact Jane or email [email protected].