A NEW grant programme will offer up to £1,000 for small charities, community groups or individuals in need.

The Argus Appeal, which has been raising money to help those in need since 1958, has been transferred to the Sussex Community Foundation after its manager Elsa Gillio retired last October.

Now the Sussex Community Foundation is welcoming applications from small charities to benefit from the new Argus Appeal Fund.

Kevin Richmond, chief executive of the Sussex Community Foundation said: “The Argus Appeal has been part of the fabric of Sussex for decades and so many people have given their all to help those less fortunate than themselves.

“We are honoured that we have been entrusted with continuing this great legacy by distributing the remaining funds.

“We also want to reassure past applicants to the Argus Appeal – and future applicants to the new fund – that they may also apply to our general funds, alongside any application to this new fund.

“This will mean that eligible organisations won’t lose access to one or other source of funding, in the short term.”

Applications are welcome from charities and community groups to suit a range of needs, including start-up costs, training for volunteers, emergency building repairs and support with events, such as hiring spaces or purchasing equipment.

Social workers or registered professionals can also make applications on behalf of individuals with long-term health issues or disabilities, to fund things like specialist equipment and furniture, counselling and other therapies.

The Real Junk Food Project in Brighton is one organisation which has benefited from grant funding to support its running costs.

The project tackles food waste and poverty by serving healthy lunches at pop-up cafes on a pay-as-you-feel basis, using surplus ingredients which would otherwise be wasted.

Head of grant programmes at the Sussex Community Foundation Hannah Clay said: “The new fund will provide a quicker service for applicants who need a small grant or have an immediate or urgent funding need.

“There is no deadline so applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year.

“Most fast-track grants will normally be up to £1,000, though we may be able to consider higher amounts in exceptional circumstances. Do contact us before making an application, if you wish to apply for a higher amount.”

To apply, go to sussexgiving.org.uk/apply, or call 01273 409440.