The Eastbourne and Lewes Partnership is a multi-agency group comprising representatives from the police, council, fire service, probation and voluntary sector. Together with members of the community they all work together to make Eastbourne a safer place.

The partnership reviews the issues it addresses each year, taking into consideration trends in crime and the issues that residents tell us matter the most. In 2021/22 the issues identified as priorities included anti-social behaviour, the importance of creating safe and welcoming community spaces, tackling hate crime, domestic and sexual abuse.

As well as helping co-ordinate the activities and plans of local partners, the partnership administers grants that local organisations can apply for to fund activities, projects and programmes. Grants are available to organisations large and small. Over the past year we have funded numerous activities, including at a skate park, reduced the incidence of serious violence and knife crime, and addressed the community impact of organised crime and drug dealing, plus lots more.

If you have an interesting or innovative idea about how crime, disorder or antisocial behaviour could be tackled in Eastbourne or Lewes, please download a copy of the form from the council’s webpage and email it to

We’ll check your application and give you a call back to talk it through.