Suffolk Arts & Culture

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The Suffolk Arts & Culture Fund has been created to support equality of access to all the benefits that arts, culture and music can provide to improve the lives of the people of Suffolk.

It is widely recognised that the arts play an important role in:

  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Tackling disadvantage by offering access to services and opportunities
  • Promoting community cohesion by breaking down barriers and help develop sustainable and supportive communities, encouraging diversity and ensuring accessibility
  • Supporting local solutions to meet local needs

Every penny we raise together for The Suffolk Arts & Culture Fund will be used to support the work of charities and community groups in Suffolk – there are some 5,000 of them in total supported by over 60,000 local volunteers. As you can see from the stories below, many are already harnessing the power of The Suffolk Arts & Culture Fund to enrich the lives of the people they support.

Over half of our voluntary groups are entirely volunteer led and run at a local grassroots level. They provide essential support to individuals and communities and operate on tiny budgets of considerably less than £10,000 a year. Their inability to compete for funding with larger charities means that over 78% of the money we give each year reaches only the top 3% of charities; this means that a similar amount of our giving here in Suffolk leaves our county never to return.

Our voluntary sector in Suffolk is empowered by local giving and they badly need us to do more to help them. It would be no exaggeration to say that Suffolk would come to a standstill without them.

Want to help the Suffolk Arts & Culture Fund? You can donate here.

These are some groups that have been funded by the Suffolk Arts & Culture Fund’s grants panel:

  • Common Ground Theatre Company Ltd
  • Out Loud Music
  • Friends of Jubilee Park
  • Ginnel Foto Community
  • The Voice cLoud
  • Emmaus Ipswich
  • Oyster Community Press

Below are some other examples of projects funded by supporters of Suffolk Community Foundation.

Gary Avis and Friends

Suffolk joined forces to create two equally special…

Suffolk Artlink

‘Rock-Up’ in Lowestoft stimulated remarkable change…

Youth Volunteering

Historically, volunteering by young people in the Eastern Region…

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