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This grant programme has been created by Suffolk County Council as part of its Raising the Bar Programme. The fund supports Raising the Bar’s aim to improve levels of educational attainment and ensure that every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential.
This fund is in recognition of the valuable contribution that the voluntary and community sector can make to the education of children and young people.
The next round of the Raising the Bar Community Fund supports schemes and projects focussed on parental involvement, particularly supporting those who are disadvantaged or deprived.
The objectives of this fund are to support the involvement and engagement of parents and carers, to provide a positive home environment where learning is valued and children are encouraged and supported according to their individual needs, in a way that is complementary to the school curriculum/ Early Years Foundation Stage framework and the learning in their educational setting.
A grant of up to £20,000 is available to spend over the course of one year but lower cost projects will be equally welcome. We would generally expect for the higher cost projects to involve more than one school and be more transformational.
Proposals are invited under three key themes, which have been identified by feedback from schools and early year’s providers where support would really have impact:
The following two criteria have to be met as part of your application:
This funding is open to groups who have as their purpose charitable objectives. Constituted community groups or registered charities can apply as can social enterprises and community interest companies. Applications are also welcome from supplementary schools, and parent teacher associations.
We will fund project costs at full cost recovery. Generally, for the type of projects we would be likely to support, project costs would typically include:
This round of the funding programme offers a grant of up to £20,000, to spend over the course of one year, for larger transformational projects. This may be a scaling up of a smaller project that has delivered success or the development of new work based on evidenced good practice. In either case, applicants should clearly demonstrate both the need for and impact of their project. We are looking for projects that take approaches further, building in stronger interaction with schools and parents and communities, innovating approaches and disseminating good practise.
Please see our website for further details of exclusions that apply. Suffolk Community Foundation
Eligible project applications will be judged based on the following criteria:
Raising the Bar is Suffolk’s programme to improve levels of educational attainment across the county. Suffolk’s results are improving at a faster rate than those nationally, but there is still more work to be done.
By working together with education providers, families, communities and businesses, Raising the Bar will ensure that every child can achieve their full potential, build a strong reputation for Suffolk education and deliver wider benefits for the county and its economy.
For more information on the Raising the Bar programme, please visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/rtb
For more information on the schools that have already shown an interest and an overall Suffolk perspective from the Education & Learning LSEO’s can be viewed here.