Realising Ambitions – Ipswich and East 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 Ipswich and East 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 becoming an Integrated Care System (ICS) 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 Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning operating area.

Note1: For background information regarding the STP please use the link provided:



This fund looks to support the priorities detailed below;

  • Reducing the burden of deprivation
  • Neighbourhood action to tackle loneliness

Link to the Ipswich and East Suffolk Alliance Strategy:

Useful links to Public Health data about deprivation:

More information about how these priorities affect people in Ipswich and East Suffolk is available within the links above and the overarching document link can be found at:

Funding is available to organisations who are either located in or providing services into the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group operating area. The following link shows the operating area covered by the Fund:

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.


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.

All larger applications must show evidence-based need, whether a prototype, innovative, ground-breaking idea or existing service provision.

  • Larger grants, £1,000 up to a maximum of £50,000 are also available to 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. Evidence must exist for such an intervention or it must be evidence based in terms of need but an innovate, ground-breaking new idea.

You can only be a lead partner to one application but can be a deliverer within other applications.

All applications must ensure they are not replacing statutory provision or duplicating existing service provision. Applications that are improving the quality of life of those living in deprived areas will be given priority.

Interventions will cover all ages from pre-natal to grave, diverse backgrounds and those that are hardest to reach.

The fund will look to support a spread of projects across the area of need.

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



Applications for larger grants only, three key outcomes for the intervention/project are required. 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.

Know how Not profit link:

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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