Funding body information

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council
Endeavor House
8 Russell Road
0345 606 6067

Point of contact:

Grants Officer, 01473 786912,


The following funds are provided by Suffolk Council and administered by Suffolk Community Foundation:

Raising the Bar Community Fund

Raising the Bar is Suffolk’s response to tackling low levels of educational attainment in Suffolk.

This grant programme has been created by Suffolk County Council to support schemes and projects aiming to improving the levels of educational aspiration and attainment in Suffolk. This fund is recognition of the valuable contribution that the voluntary and community sector can make to the education of children and young people.

The Community Fund will run in conjunction with the Raising the Bar Challenge Fund which is aimed at schools.

The fund supports the following aims of the Raising the Bar programme:

  • to ensure every child reaches their potential
  • every child is given the best preparation for life before and beyond school

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to spend over the course of one year.

For further information please visit the folloowing link or contact the Grants Officer at 01473 786917.

Transforming Suffok Loan Fund

Loans of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available for charitable organisations and social enterprises who are based in Suffolk and delivering primarily in the county, and can demonstrate that they have the capacity to repay the loan.

There will be an interest rate determined at the time of your application, but likely to be around 5% above Bank of England base rate. You will need to speak to the Foundation about interest rates at the time of your application. You will be advised of the actual rate at that time.

For more information visit the Suffolk Community Foundation website, or download the appication form here.

Suffolk County Council has also contributed to or has contributed to the following funds:

Suffolk Giving Fund and Private Funds

Suffolk Giving Fund and Private Funds provide grants of up to £2,000 are available for charitable, voluntary and community groups that are addressing need within Suffolk. The fund will accept applications for both core costs and project costs. Please read our grant-making guidelines here to check your eligibility prior to applying to this fund.

There will be further panels held throughout the year. Applications for the Suffolk Giving Fund are welcomed between deadlines as we hold various Private Donor grant panels throughout the year who may be able to consider your application.

Suffolk Disability Care Fund

Suffolk Disability Care Fund provides grants of up to £1,000 are available to purchase daily living equipment for people with a disability in West Suffolk.

The aim of the Suffolk Disability Care Fund is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities living in Suffolk by helping to provide daily-living equipment recommended by the beneficiary’s Health Professional. The fund will only consider equipment which is not supplied by the NHS, Suffolk County Council or other statutory providers.

Examples of equipment that would be considered for funding or part-funding include:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Specialised chairs
  • Car seats
  • Specialised buggies
  • Specialised trikes

Examples of what will not be funded include:

  • PCs and laptops, however applications for specific software will be considered
  • Home adaptations
  • Holidays

Who can apply?

The Suffolk Disability Care Fund welcomes applications from Health Professionals and/or voluntary organisations working alongside children and adults with disabilities who understand the needs of applicants from both a suitability and financial perspective.

Although priority will be given to applicants with limited resources, formal means testing will not be applied.

Safer Suffolk Fund

Grants between £500 to £20,000 to support the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and parish councils that are delivering services that help make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest in. Please note that the grant would not normally exceed 10% of the organisation’s total income, however some exceptions may be allowed for start-up groups and grassroots organisations. Please call a Grants Officer before applying if your organisation falls outside of this criteria.

For futher information on the funds please visit the Suffolk Community Foundation website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Useful organisations:

Suffolk Infolink: A database of voluntary organisations, local groups and services, including details of all local CVS branches and Voluntary Action groups:

Community Action Suffolk : Provides support to voluntary and community sector

The information on this website was easy to find and very comprehensive, including contact details for every scheme available in addition to a general contact for the Voluntary Sector Partnerships Manager.

All the information provided was up-to-date and the council were very helpful and easy to talk to.

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