Reviving Our Community Fund

Status Open
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available Between £1,000 and £5,000
Deadlines Rolling programme, meeting every three weeks, with final applications by 31 March 2021.
May close early if all funds have been spent before this date.

Brief Description

Grant funding from the National Lottery and the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport) to support the work of grassroot organisations addressing need throughout Suffolk. The fund is open to all charitable and community groups, including Social Enterprises, that meet the grant funding guidelines


Criteria for National Lottery funding

The criteria of this fund reflect the desire of the National Lottery to make a difference to the lives of those living and working in Suffolk by supporting grassroots organisations affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Organisations with an income of £250,000 or less at their last financial year end will be considered.

Panels will meet once every three weeks and, therefore, this is a rolling programme. It will close for applications on 31st March 2021 but may close early if all funds have been spent before this date.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to support the work of charitable, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations addressing local needs throughout Suffolk.

The fund will support organisations where an increase in loneliness or isolation has been identified and who are working to improve inequality in their community.

The grant will cover a wide range of support, including where other funds are restrictive, such as:

  • Loss of income through fundraising activities which has led to concern about the continuing delivery of services – 2 years’ accounts of fundraising activity must be provided, and an average will be taken, up to a maximum of £5,000.
  • Rural services combatting isolation and loneliness where provision is made for community groups to meet, i.e., the restarting of a lunch club
  • Organisations wanting to restart delivery of services but are restricted by social distancing regulations, leading to a reduction in income, i.e., where numbers have been reduced to allow for social distancing and income has therefore also been reduced.
  • Supporting access to urban services in rural communities, i.e., making the same services available rurally despite poor transport links (applications must show how they will become sustainable, not just for this grant period and then cease.)
  • Making a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them play a fuller role in the community i.e., becoming a volunteer and receiving training.

If you are a new group or are not constituted, please feel free to email us so that we can contact you and discuss your options of how to access funding (if appropriate),


All grant-funded projects will need:

  • To have commenced by 30th April 2021.
  • Have fully spent the grant by 30th November 2021.
  • To report on the grant by 10th December 2021 (or sooner if fully spent).
  • To send at least one case study in August 2021.
  • To update SCF (Suffolk Community Foundation) staff on progress if they receive a telephone call in August 2021.

This fund will not cover CAPITAL costs nor can it be used to top up depleted reserves. Please see the full list of exclusions here –

Grants may fund existing services or new initiatives and projects. The panel are happy to receive applications from organisations that have previously received Coronavirus funding providing that this does not duplicate the request and satisfactory monitoring has been received.


Criteria for DCMS funding

Grant funding from DCMS is broadly the same as for the National Lottery funding with a few important differences as follows:

  • Organisations with an annual income in excess of £250,000 may apply.
  • Grants in excess of £5,000 may be applied for.
  • Checks will be made to ensure that no other Government funding has been secured for the same project.


All grants will need:

  • To have been fully spent by 31st March 2021.
  • To report on the grant by 16th April 2021 (or sooner if fully spent).
  • Funding for essential capital costs may be considered, providing that the funding can be spent before the 31st March 2021.

If you are interested in applying but have any questions, please contact the grants team by email or by telephone on 01473 602602.


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