Grants Policy

Horsham Matters has created a Community Fund (HMCF) to distribute sums of between £200 and £10,000 for community projects within the Horsham District. The Community Fund will be funded out of the amount set aside from takings each year to finance charitable activities.

To be successful an application should meet all of the following criteria:

  • The project must be for the benefit of vulnerable people
  • The project must come from a charitable body / not for profit organisation
  • The project must fulfil an identified gap in local services
  • The project must have a strong connection to Horsham District

Other important factors that the Grants Panel will take in to account are:

  • The project can demonstrate how it will work in partnership with other organisations and projects
  • The project provides education and/or training that leads to an improved life
  • The project’s level of impact
  • The project will involve the wider community and boost community cohesion
  • The level of funding from other organisations
  • The effectiveness of the applicant’s financial and operational management.

HMCF will not fund:

  • Animal welfare and medical charities (except where these are providing direct relief to the suffering)
  • Political organisations or groups whose sole purpose is to lobby or apply political pressure on government or other authorities
  • National organisations UNLESS the project is locally orientated
  • Vehicle purchases
  • Private companies
  • Sport, music, drama and the arts which do not have a learning objective linked to our priorities
  • Debts, fines or other such applications

If your project meets with these criteria and you would like to apply for funding, please download an application form and once completed return it via e-mail to chiefexec@horsham-matters.org.uk. If you have any queries, please e-mail or call on 0300 124 0204