About Us

Worthing Community Chest is a registered, local, independent charity. We support projects and activities in Worthing that work to enrich our local community and residents. We do this by awarding small grants to groups, clubs, events and other good causes around Worthing.

We were established in 2001 and have helped more than 300 groups, awarding over £400,000 in grants.

Our funds are raised through income from our recycling partnerships, which include Worthing Borough Council. They donate money raised from Worthing’s textile recycling bins.

The more old clothes and shoes we can collect, the more we can support our community!



Our Grants Programme

Seed grants

Seed Grants are our smallest grant type awarding up to £250. These grants are aimed at new groups to help them get started, or for emergency situations. Applications are welcome all year round and are assessed by our Grants Committee. Click below for more information.

grass root grants

Grass Root Grants are awarded up to £750 and are aimed at smaller groups and projects. We often receive applications from our Seed Grant groups. We accept applications on a rolling basis and they are assessed by our Grants Committee. Find out more below.

grants for growth

 Grants for Growth funding awards up to £1,500 to groups with larger projects in mind. The Grants for Growth applications are assessed at our Appraisal Panel, of former grant recipients. These take place three times a year. Click below for further details.

  1. Please note that our next funding round deadline is 31st October 2023.
  2. We will discuss grant applications received at our grants’ committee on 8th November 2023. 
  3. A decision is made on Seed Grants and Grass Roots grant at this committee.
  4. The committee also decide whether to pass Grants for Growth forward to Appraisal Panel.
  5. The Appraisal Panel meet on 29th November 2023 at which point, the Grants for Growth decision will be made.

£420,000 awarded to local groups

300+ groups funded in over 20 years