We award grants to charities, voluntary or community groups and organisations which are charitable in purpose and are working to help relieve disadvantage and deprivation across Suffolk. We seek to support genuinely good ideas that will make a real difference to the lives of local people.
The aim of our grant-making is to:
The Foundation supports core costs, new or continuing projects, one-off initiatives, and capital costs. We seek to achieve an equitable distribution of resources across the county.
Please note that Suffolk Community Foundation will NOT support the following:
Suffolk Community Foundation manages a variety of charitable funds. Please read the criteria for the fund before starting your application form. Please note that an organisation can receive multiple grants from the Foundation during a 12 month period but can only receive one grant per year per fund. Only some of our funds accept applications from Social Enterprises and CICs. These are denoted by ‘SE’ on the available grants list.
When completing your application form you should consider how you will demonstrate the following:
How is an application submitted?
All application forms (except for Suffolk Disability Care Fund) can be completed online. Each fund has its own application form which applicants can fill in and attach their supplementary documents to submit online. Note that for some applications, as well as completing an online form, a Part B will need to be signed and returned along with your supporting documents. If this is the case, you will be informed in the automated email and Part B will be attached. If an applicant has recently provided the supplementary documents to the Foundation, they do not need to be re-submitted, unless the documents have been updated. To request a paper copy of the application form, please contact the Foundation.
Acknowledgement of receipt
You will receive an automated confirmation email following online submission of your application. We will then process your application, acknowledge receipt by email and inform you if any further information or documents are needed. Note that if you are informed Part B is required for your application, we will send an acknowledgment email once your application is complete i.e. both Part A and Part B are received by the Foundation.
All applications received at the Foundation are subject to a detailed assessment. As part of the assessment of the application, the organisation or group may be contacted by email or telephone or the assessor may wish to visit the applicant.
Once you have been awarded a grant, Suffolk Community Foundation will make the payment on receipt of the signed Terms and Conditions for Grant Awards which will be issued with the Grant Offer Letter.
Unfortunately we are unable to fund every application that we receive but where possible we may be able to fund certain aspects of an application or draw money from a number of funds to fully meet a request. Please note that there is no right of appeal on award decisions made.
We monitor and evaluate successful applicants to ensure that funding has been spent appropriately. Groups funded will receive an End of Grant Monitoring Form to complete and a possible visit by a member of the Foundation to evaluate the progress and the effectiveness of the grant.
The satisfactory completion of the monitoring and evaluation form is a pre-requisite for any future grant application.