Realising Ambitions – West Suffolk

Status Closed
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £1,000 - £70,000 (depending on category)

Brief Description

Grants to support voluntary and community groups who are providing services that are having a direct impact on health outcomes across the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning operating area.


The Realising Ambitions programme has been created by the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)1 to support its plan of delivering better health outcomes for people across West and East Suffolk (excluding Waveney) and North East Essex. Key to the plan is the vision of integrating health, care and voluntary sector services to help improve the health outcomes across the population it serves.

This fund has been created to support voluntary and community groups who are providing services that are having a direct impact on health outcomes across the West Suffolk Alliance area.

Note1: For background information regarding the STP and the West Suffolk Alliance please use the links provided:



This fund looks to support the priorities detailed below;

More information about how these priorities affect people in West Suffolk is available within the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which can be found here:

Specific links:

Improving mental health and reducing suicides:

Neighbourhood action to tackle loneliness:

Being more proactive in relation to obesity prevention and treatment:

Funding is available to organisations who are either located in or providing services into the West Suffolk Alliance area. The following link shows the operating area covered by the Fund and the six locality areas:

All applications must detail which of the priorities the intervention will support as well as the outcomes the funding is expected to deliver. Applications that support more than one priority will also be accepted.

In additional applicants must identify which locality or localities their intervention will benefit and demonstrate how the project(s) compliment other activity in the locality and how it will be sustained once the grant has finished.


The following grant categories are available;

  • Micro grants up to £1,000 for small charities and community groups to support very localised interventions and services. These funds may also be held by Parish Councils on behalf of community groups that are not constituted. A ‘light touch’ application form is available for these groups.
  • Larger grants up to a maximum £50,000 are also available charitable organisations including social enterprises. For this category, the grant request will be proportional to the income of the organisation i.e. not over 20% of the annual reported income for the organisation’s last financial year. If a case is made there is also the possibility of awarding the grant over a two-year period (subject to satisfactory monitoring at month 10).
  • Partnership grants up to £70,000 will be considered for partnership projects, where two or more organisations are working together to tackle any of the priorities. In this instance, a lead organisation needs to be identified on behalf of the partnership. Again, this funding may support one or more priorities with the possibility of two-year funding considered. An application that exceeds 20% of the combined partnership income will be rejected.

There may be further funding rounds available later in the year dependent upon the ongoing level of grants awarded.



You will be required to identify three key outcomes for the intervention/project. These outcomes need to be measurable. For example – as a result of this funding XX will change. You will need to demonstrate how you will measure and monitor your outcomes.

You can use the Outcomes Based Accountability tool (OBA) to help you identify these outcomes and how you will measure them:-

Whilst the fund requires measurable outcomes, applicants of larger grants should consider how they will assess their effectiveness in measuring the impact of their service delivery for their chosen fund priorities.



Please see eligibility guidelines by using the following link:



Decisions will be made in October and therefore no project/intervention must start until after this date as we do not fund retrospectively. All decisions are communicated to each group and feedback will be provided.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposed application, please contact a Grants Officer on 01473 602602.

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