Enrichment Grants

We have typically allocated grants through three channels – our small grants of £500 which we award 3 times a year, our partnership grants offering funding for projects over a longer period of time, and our Colin Sayers ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ grants which give an extra helping hand to community groups in need. 

But East Brighton Trust has recently become increasingly aware of the need for different kinds of provision for some of the people living in the areas we support. In 2017, parents, teachers and headteachers across Brighton & Hove launched the ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign to oppose austerity measures which are cutting £11.5 million from education in Brighton and Hove and £3 billion to schools nationwide. On the frontline, schools are painfully experiencing the effects of these cuts, with funding being drastically cut and art, music and sport provision being cut back or lost entirely.

It is in this respect that East Brighton Trust realised we could step in to provide some assistance where it is particularly needed. We therefore launched our Enrichment Grants to provide local primary schools with grants to fund some of the extra-curricular activity that they could not afford to fund themselves. The name “Enrichment Grants” reflects the nature of the activities the grant will fund – things that will enrich pupils’ educational experience and consequently their lives.

Moulsecoomb Primary School

East Brighton Trust are supporting the school with £10,000 per year for 3 years to pay for things like the breakfast club, after school club and day trips.

Each class was assigned a proportion of the grant to make sure the money was well distributed across the whole school and the individual classes could then choose how best to spend their share of the funds.

Some of the things funded have included: residential trips, heritage activities, samba band sessions, theatre trips, bus tickets for day trips, a sewing project, stone age workshops, toddler group & nursery “Rhyme and Shine” group.

St Mark's Primary School

St Mark's Primary School at the bottom of Manor Hill used the first installment of their Enrichment Grant to pay for child-sized outdoor gym equipment for pupils at the school. Not only does the equipment allow the children to get outside in the fresh air to play and take exercise but it also has an impact inside the classroom in the form of improved motor skills.