Working Together Awards
|Applications accepted from Social Enterprises?||Yes|
|Maximum grant available||£10,000|
An award programme recognising outstanding service delivery or community development as a result of increased collaborative working.
What is the Working Together Fund?
The Working Together Community Fund is an awards programme open to Suffolk’s voluntary and community organisations. Funded by Suffolk County Council, the programme is managed by Suffolk Community Foundation with the objective of recognising outstanding service delivery or community activity as a result of increased collaborative working. The programme will make awards of up to £10,000.
Who can apply?
The fund is open to charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations. It will also consider applications from Community Interest Companies or other social enterprises whose work is recognised as charitable and whose supporting constitution allows it. All applying organisations must be working for the benefit of people living or working in Suffolk.
What sort of work will the fund reward?
The fund aims to support “working together” initiatives, it would be expected that there is a large element of “roll your sleeves up” approach as well as some joint working with other organisations who are not normally seen as partners.
It will fund projects that have been completed in the last year or where the majority of the delivery has taken place. It can be existing work but looks for real collaboration and a high level of community and volunteer input.
You will need to demonstrate clearly what outcomes have been achieved and how these have been enhanced by your working together.
Examples of previous winners
- Middleton Recreation Ground Trust – creating a positive amenity for the residents of the village and surrounding area. They worked with the sports users and local volunteers to pull down a small shed and build a pavilion to be used by sports groups for changing and providing refreshments.
- Hundon Hedgehogs Pre-School – a group of parents, volunteers and staff worked over the school holidays to turn a storage cupboard and committee room and outside space into a thriving pre-school area enabling an increase in provision from 15 to 50 hours per week.
- Home Start Suffolk – There were 3 Home Starts across Suffolk and they realised that they did not cover the County well enough and by joining in a Consortium they could not only give better support to families across the county but also apply for bigger funding contracts, joint working giving better outcomes to the families, the County and the service.
- Signpost Gunton – Working in partnership with Access Community Trust piloted a volunteering project for 12 long term unemployed individuals or those with learning difficulties offering them work experience throughout their business, gaining experience of warehouses, drop-ins, admin work and delivery and collection of food at their foodbanks. 75% of these individuals went on to find employment.
What sort of work will not be eligible for the scheme?
Our Grant Guidelines will provide you with the information about what this fund will not support. Please refer to them before completing your application form.
Successful applications will not only achieve the distinction associated with receiving a Working Together Award but will also benefit from a financial award.
If you feel that your organisation or group has delivered a project that is worthy of an award from the Working Together Fund you should in the first instance telephone a Grants Officer on 01473 602602 to discuss your proposed application. If it is agreed that you meet the award’s criteria, you will be encouraged to complete the application form which can be found below.