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:

  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Tackle disadvantage
  • Support local solutions to meet local needs
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Develop sustainable and supportive communities

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.

To read information specific to social enterprises, click here.


  • You must have a recognised governing document e.g. Constitution or Memorandum which includes a dissolution/winding up clause
  • If you are working with children and/or vulnerable people, you must have the relevant Safeguarding Policy in place and this must include a contact name and number of the designated safe guarding officer together with details of the types of abuse and a policy review date
  • You must have an Equal Opportunity Policy which covers trustees, employees and volunteers and relates to the most up to date legislation together with a review date
  • You must be able to provide annual accounts for your organisation and management accounts less than 6 months old (at time of application)
  • You must have a bank account in the organisation’s name which requires two signatories for all withdrawals. In addition, all signatories must be unrelated and live at different addresses. You must supply a recent bank statement
  • You must have a management committee with at least three members
Unfortunately we are not able to support the following:
  • Community Benefit Societies
  • Projects not benefiting people living in Suffolk
  • Grants directly to individuals or families for personal needs (with the exception of Suffolk Disability Care Fund and donor designated donations)
  • Direct replacement of statutory obligation and public funding
  • Promotion of religious or political causes
  • Groups with significant financial free reserves
  • Retrospective grants
  • Contribution to endowment fund, payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans
  • National charities that are not providing clear local benefits
  • Overseas travel or expeditions
  • Sponsored or fundraising events or groups raising funds to redistribute to other causes, including those that are grantmakers
  • Medical research and equipment for statutory or private healthcare
  • Consultation or feasibility
  • Research/projects/studies
  • Large projects unless 70% of the funding has already been raised and the project will be completed within 1 year
  • Start-up funding for a project that is unable to start within nine months
  • Commercial ventures, unless the group is a registered not for profit organisation
  • General appeals
  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (e.g. disabled riding schemes)
  • Statutory work in educational institutions
  • Fees for professional fundraisers
  • Contingency monies

Which fund to apply for

We administer a variety of charitable funds. Please read the criteria for the fund before starting your application form. 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.

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

What do charities say

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Did you know …

you can apply once per year per fund (unless detailed to the contrary)

We want to be able to fund organisations and charities that are really thinking ahead and are clear about how they will be able to continue doing the work they have set out to do.

Richard Cooper

Grants Panel Volunteer, Suffolk Community Foundation

The grantmaking process


Application forms (except for Suffolk Disability Care Fund) can be completed via the APPLY NOW button below.  Each fund has its own application form. To request a paper copy of the application form, please contact us on T. 01473 602602.




You will firstly receive an automated receipt of submission. Then all applications received are subject to a detailed assessment, during which time 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 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 there is no right of appeal on award decisions made.


Monitoring and Evaluation

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. All monitoring forms are sent at the time of award and you should therefore familiarise yourself with the requirements before stating delivery.

The satisfactory completion of the monitoring and evaluation form is a pre-requisite for any future grant application.

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Please feel free to contact the grants team at any stage of your application for more help or support; 01473 602602 or


To ensure the best possible chance of a successful application, please ensure you have read the guidelines on this page, and don’t forget you can contact us at any time before or during the application process, for advice and support

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