The Ledward Centre is a project initiated and largely funded by the Brighton Rainbow Fund – a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organisations.

Two unfinished bronze male figures in a workshop.
The Brighton AIDS Memorial TAY as a
– Romany Mark Bruce

Set up by James Ledward and Lib Dem Councillor Paul Elgood following the fundraising for the City’s ground-breaking AIDS Memorial and supported by the local LGBTQ+ bars and clubs, The Ledward Centre is just the latest in a long line of projects and groups to benefit from the Fund that James and Paul started.

Point of view of the sea breaking on a Brighton's pebble beach.

Nitin Tulswani – Unsplash

Will you give us your support today?

Although we are currently applying for grants from various government departments and charitable trusts, the Brighton Rainbow Fund is currently The Ledward Centre’s only supporter, so if you would like to make a donation to support our proposed LGBTQ+ centre, please do so via the Brighton Rainbow Fund.

Whether it’s a few pounds or special donation – donating to our supporters the Brighton Rainbow Fund can help make James’ dream come true; a safe and inspiring place for LGBTQ+ communities and their friends, right in the heart of our wonderful city by the sea.

Please give whatever you can

Please also consider sharing this page on your social media and encouraging others to donate. We’d love for your friends to know more about us and share!

Some beneficiaries of the Brighton Rainbow Fund

About The Brighton Rainbow Fund

The Brighton Rainbow Fund is a charity registered with The Charity Commission (number 1181116) with the remit of:

  • maintaining The Brighton Hankie Quilt
  • allocating grant funding to Brighton & Hove-based LGBTQ+ and HIV voluntary sector groups
  • maintaining the AIDS Memorial
  • supporting community development within the local LGBT and HIV sector.

The Brighton Rainbow Fund holds a Main Grants round each year, where decisions on allocating grant funding are made by an Independent Grants Panel.

Beneficiaries of The Rainbow Fund over the last five years have included: Accessibility Matters, Allsorts Youth ProjectBlueprint 22 Youth Project, Brighton GEMS, Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, Brighton Our Story Project, The Clare Project, FTM (now Navigate Brighton), LGBT Small Groups Network, Lunch Positive, MindOut, Older & Out, Peer Action, RadioReverb, Rainbow Chorus, Rainbow Families, Sussex Beacon, The Justin Campaign, Trans Alliance and Trans Can Sport.

Everyone at The Brighton Rainbow Fund is a volunteer, with no salaries, offices or overheads to fund out of donated money.  

The Ledward Centre ~ LGBTQ+ Community and Cultural Centre
The Brighton Rainbow Fund
Supporters of the Ledward Centre