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Suffolk Sports Fund – Grants up to £2000 Deadline 1st August 2017

Suffolk Community Foundation is working in partnership with Suffolk County Council, Borough and District Councils in Suffolk and a number of businesses to deliver a community sports fund that aims to increase access to sport, particularly for those who are excluded through disadvantage.

There is overwhelming evidence of the positive effects of sport and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. This grants programme seeks to help improve the lives of those living in Suffolk by enabling better access to sport at grassroots level.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for registered charities and community groups that are looking to provide opportunities that will increase participation in a sports activity for those who struggle to access mainstream sports activities due to disability, isolation, disadvantage etc. This fund particularly welcomes applications to support  local grassroots projects that are looking to promote tennis in areas of deprivation (including rural) and help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Criteria  |  Application Form

Children and Young Peoples Emotional Health and Wellbeing Fund – Grants of up to £20,000 are available to spend over the course of one year. Deadline 28th July 2017

Following the success of the first round of the Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Fund in 2016,  the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group,  Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, together with Suffolk County Council have come together to provide £200,000 to fund a second round of funding. The focus of this round is to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Suffolk, their families and carers through prevention and early intervention.

One in ten children need support or treatment for mental health problems that may range from short spells of depression or anxiety to severe and persistent conditions.  The life chances of these young people  is significantly reduced in terms of their physical health, their education and work prospects, their chance of committing crime and their life expectancy. Mental health issues in young people also places extraordinary pressure on families and carers, which has wider implications for work, finances and the resilience of the family unit and results in increased cost in all public sector departments including health, education and policing.

This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations in Suffolk including Social Enterprises and CICs. Please read our grantmaking guidelines here to check your eligibility prior to applying to this fund.

The funder is particularly interested in projects that:

  1. Support families to adopt and maintain behaviours that support good mental health.
  2. Engage with young people and their families or carers to develop projects with those they aim to support.
  3. Build the confidence and resilience of young people and their families, thus reducing demand on public sector services going forward and enabling better life chances for young people and their families and carers.
  4. In view of the level of funding, priority will be given to projects that are transformational and countywide (within the boundaries as described above).

Suffolk Rural Fund – Grants up to £4000 available Deadline 1st August 2017

For the purposes of this fund the definition of ‘rural’ is taken from the Government’s rural-urban classification for England, where ‘urban’ areas are taken as settlements of more than 10,000 people and ‘rural’ areas refers to smaller towns (less than 10,000 people), villages, hamlets or isolated dwellings (as identified by ONS Census 2011).

Rural communities share similar social problems to urban communities but these issues can be intensified by the challenges of living in a rural community. Rurality can accelerate and compound a problem, increasing the level of need and making recovery longer and less probable.

Through our intelligence from our community grantmaking, our Hidden Needs Research on deprivation in Suffolk, and the evaluation of our Surviving Winter fuel poverty campaign, we have become very aware of the nature and extent of acute need in rural Suffolk communities, where need is defined as:

  • Material want or income poverty
  • Loneliness or social isolation
  • Lack of access or limited access to services and opportunities

Suffolk Community Foundation are working in partnership with Suffolk County Council to deliver this funding programme. This fund has also been established with support from  the Big Lottery,  who will be matching the first £200,000 awarded by the Foundation through the fund over the next two years.

The Suffolk Rural Fund will look to support initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in rural communities, particularly where they seek to address rural need.

The Fund will support the work of constituted organisations. Additionally, funding is available for smaller ‘micro’ projects hosted by their local parish councils, as we recognise that locally led community action can be deterred by the perceived bureaucracy involved in setting up an organisation, especially if the project being undertaken is a one-off or small in scale.

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to constituted organisations and up to £1,000 to ‘micro’ projects hosted by parish councils.

Initiatives should meet one of the following themes:

Outreach charitable work: Development of community hubs: Community self-help:


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