Suffolk Community Foundation Launches Fund To Tackle Coronavirus Crisis

Suffolk Community Foundation has launched the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund  in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust and supported by Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk County Council, District and Borough Councils and all those involved in Suffolk’s ‘Home But Not Alone’ initiative, to help fight the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable people in the county.

So far over £200,000 is already on its way to over 40 voluntary sector organisations

Organisations that are on the front line of the community response can apply to the fund to help their work. Typically, SCF will be able to provide grants of up to £5,000.

You can access details and an online form here

You can also donate to the fund. To make a donation via bank transfer, please click here. 

To make a donation via text message…

Text 5SUFFOLKCRISIS to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

Text 10SUFFOLKCRISIS to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.

Text 20SUFFOLKCRISIS to 70085 to donate £20. Texts cost £20 plus one standard rate message.

Money raised will support charity groups and community organisations throughout Suffolk, to reach the most vulnerable during this pandemic.

This is a rapidly developing situation, and as a result, the focus of the fund will continue to evolve in line with the support required. The fund will currently support:

  • Groups that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the pandemic.
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

If you have other needs that require support, please email

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation.

Examples of support might include:

  • Enabling older people to keep warm by accessing home heating oil or warm clothes.
  • Enabling vulnerable people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready-made meals.
  • Enabling and encouraging older people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.
  • Reaching out to isolated older people by telephone and befriending if possible.
  • Meals for families that would normally be in receipt of free school meals
  • Food parcels and emergency food to the vulnerable
  • Support for setting up a Good Neighbourhood Schemes (GNS)
  • Doing things differently to help keep people in touch
  • Supporting people with advice on benefits and entitlements

What can be supported?

  • Running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries
  • Small capital costs are eligible, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the fund.

Who can apply?

  • Fully constituted community organisations based within Suffolk.
  • Parish Councils hosting Good Neighbourhood Schemes (GNS).
  • Micro grants of up to £1,000 can be given to another charity or parish council for an unconstituted group if they are “doing good”.

There are some general things that our grant aid cannot be used for: (please refer to SCF grant guidelines as well

  • Applications from individuals
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Parties and shopping trips
  • No open promotion of faith through funded work
  • Party political activity
  • Applications from statutory organisations other than Parish Councils that are hosting funds for GNS
  • The Community Foundation will also not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

Please read the following text before beginning your application:

Applicants need to have:

  • a management committee of at least three members
  • a governing document/constitution which includes a dissolution clause
  • a bank account with two unrelated signatories living at separate addresses, who must both sign for all withdrawals
  • an equal opportunities policy
  • annual accounts and management accounts less than 6 months old
  • relevant safeguarding policies, if you are working with young people or vulnerable adults.

If applying for a Good Neighbourhood Scheme, Community Action Suffolk will be able to prove you have the right policies in place. They can be contacted on 01473 345400 or

Read our guidelines and the criteria for this fund on our website before applying. This will help you to determine whether your organisation and project are eligible for funding.

If you would like to discuss your project before making an application or have any questions, please contact the Grants Team by email



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