Horsham District Community Lottery Fund

The Horsham District Community Lottery Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 to local community projects. Money for the fund is raised through the weekly Horsham District Community Lottery.

Horsham District Community Lottery

Any application to this fund must link with one or more of the Council's priority areas:

  • Sustainable Communities
  • Safer and Healthier Communities
  • Environment
  • Arts, Heritage and Leisure
  • Economic Development

In addition, the fund has 4 broad aims. Any application must focus on at least one of these aims. These are:

  • Bringing communities together
  • Creating opportunities for young people
  • Reducing isolation and loneliness
  • Targeting local needs which have emerged because of Covid19


The funding is available to organisations that are:

  • Registered as part of the Horsham District Community Lottery
  • Registered Charity
  • Constituted group or club
  • Community Interest Company
  • Social Enterprise
  • School
  • Parish Council
  • Faith group (projects must be inclusive)

The organisation must also:

  • Provide community activities or services within the Horsham District
  • Have a formal constitution or set of rules
  • Have a bank account requiring at least two unrelated signatories
  • Operate with no undue restrictions on membership
  • Have a safeguarding policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults where appropriate.

Assessment criteria

As well as meeting the priorities and aims, the project must also:

  • Take place in the Horsham District
  • Involve local communities
  • Improve quality of life for local residents
  • Demonstrate a need for the project
  • Show additional funding or support (see further details below)
  • Be a new project or show how it adds value to an existing project

It should also try and demonstrate:

  • The group/organisations previous experience/expertise etc
  • Engagement with the local community
  • Lasting impact
  • Any volunteer contribution
  • Whilst match funding is not a requirement of this fund, and you can apply for 100% of the cost of your project or activity, any contributions you can make will strengthen your application.  This could be Support in Kind i.e. show the cost of your volunteer’s time @ £10/hour x 50 hours, or match funding

What cannot be funded

  • Any commercially run activities or events or projects run for the sole benefit of an individual
  • Routine running costs of a group or organisation
  • Any school curriculum based activity
  • Events or activities with the principle aim of fundraising for another organisation
  • Horsham District Council will not support projects that promote specific political or religious views.
  • Training for trustees or fundraisers
  • Applications cannot be for retrospective costs already incurred

Apply for funding

Organisations can apply for up to a maximum of £1,000. You will only receive one grant in a 12-month period.

Submission deadlines are:

  • 30 June – awards made 31 July
  • 30 September– awards made 31 October
  • 31 January – awards made 28 February
  • 30 April – awards made 31 May

To apply for funding, click the button below to use our online form:

Apply now

The form will give you all the information you need and prompt you where necessary however if you require support filling in your application or clarity around if you qualify please contact Sophia Wilks on 01403 215358 sophia.wilks@horsham.gov.uk

After you apply

After you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application and your Grant Application Reference number.

You will be notified by email of the outcome.

The Horsham District Community Lottery Funds will be awarded 4 times per year: