Applying for a grant
Suffolk Community Foundation has developed a high level of expertise in supporting thousands of community groups and grassroot charities in Suffolk. A can-do approach to ‘connecting causes that matter with people who care’ has ensured that many organisations have the opportunity to build their services in a sustainable way and really make a difference to their local communities.
When it comes to grantmaking, our aim is to do all we can to find the best possible outcome – our funders and grants panels want to say ‘yes’ and the community groups and charities want to make a positive difference. It’s a powerful partnership.
It’s important for community groups or charities to make sure they’re fit for funding with charitable objectives, policies, governance and appropriate governing documents plus two bank signatories on an account in the organisation’s name .
We are mainly run by the most amazing team of volunteers but it still costs money to run a farm, maintain the buildings, care for the animals and, most importantly, provide varied and interesting programmes for those we care for. Unlike many large funders who make it hard to get grants without employing a professional bid writer, Suffolk Community Foundation are more like a partner.
Time after time they have worked with us, knowing what we do and how we do it, and have made the process of funding this vital work so much easier. They have put us in touch with people who have an interest in what we are doing and have unfailingly demonstrated that they really want to help us achieve our goals rather than put obstacles in our way.
Current available grants
We maintain a regularly updated database of available grants
Grants Awarded in 2017/18
In partnership with our many fundholders, over £2.6m has been distributed via 705 grants
Being fit for funding might feel like a major hurdle to overcome, but it pays dividends quickly and a brief phone call with Community Action Suffolk, or development officers from borough and district councils, can often provide an effective solution.
Our grants officers are there at the end of the telephone to offer help and friendly advice and guidance. We aim to build really strong relationships with the groups we award grants to, we know that they are brilliant at what they do and it’s our job to help make sure that they continue to have the necessary financial support to continue their valuable work.
Of course we have to operate within guidelines. Our funders want to know that their money is being well spent and that we are awarding grants to projects that address the needs highlighted within the Suffolk Hidden Needs Report. Not every application is successful on the first attempt and sometimes there isn’t the funding available or perhaps it’s only possible to award a proportion of the money requested. The majority of panels are over subscribed, but on average around 70% of applications are approved.
However, we will always offer advice and feedback to unsuccessful applicants because it wants to support them to make better applications next time, or make suggestions as to where else they may be able to source the funding they need.
The Foundation is amazingly helpful in accessing the many small grants we need and it’s also really good if we need to apply for something bigger elsewhere, as they can provide all sorts of support that helps us put a bid together to continue the work we do.
MAKE AN APPLICATION
To ensure the best possible chance of a successful application, please ensure you have read the guidelines via the button below and don’t forget you can contact us at any time before or during the application process, for advice and support.