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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which began in December 2019, is now presenting a significant threat to the people of Suffolk.

The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund was launched by Suffolk Community Foundation in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust and supported by leading Suffolk organisations including Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk County Council, District and Borough Councils and all those involved in Suffolk’s ‘Home But Not Alone’ initiative, to help fight the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable people in the county.

Why Suffolk needs your support

There are three key things that we can all do to save lives and support our NHS. The first it to stay safe at home where possible, the second is to offer our support to our immediate neighbours and local communities if we are able to, and the third is to support our hundreds, or indeed thousands of local charities and community groups here in Suffolk. They are the glue that supports vulnerable members of our society, especially at this time of a national crisis. The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund has been set up as a central place for Suffolk people to give. Its soul aim is to provide immediate and vital financial support to these key organisations and the vital work they do to keep us all safe and well.
Christine Abraham

Chief Executive, Community Action Suffolk

Our Town and Parish Councils are doing all they can to address the immediate needs of their community at this time of national crisis. Many will have already been supported by our local voluntary organisations to achieve this. We need to continue to support them and each other, with more visible issues like emergency food provision and helping to support the lonely and isolated as they spend the coming weeks alone at home. The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund has been set up to enable Suffolk people to give centrally to support local charities and community groups. Together we can give to help local people facing these issues and perhaps some of the more hidden challenges like domestic violence, addiction, family crisis and bereavement. Please do support this fund if you are able to do so.

Sally Longmate

Chief Executive, Suffolk Association of Local Councils

I have worked with the Foundation for many years and I know what a great job they do to support those in need. I know from first-hand experience in my role as PCC, how much the funds they raise help those in difficulty for whatever reason, young or old, throughout Suffolk. I’d urge everyone in position to do so, to support this very worthy appeal to assist our fellow residents in their hour of need.

Tim Passmore

Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner, Suffolk Constabulary

This appeal is vital as it will provide much needed financial support for our charities and community groups who are responding to the Coronavirus emergency. Suffolk is well known as ‘The Caring County’ and we hope our community will step up and give generously in support of vulnerable local people. 
Stephen Singleton

Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation

Where does the money go?

Hover over the map to find out more about how the fund has supported the fantastic work of local charities in the midst of the pandemic.

Click on the headshots below to find out more about how your support can help…

Shayra Begum

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In addition to our day to support of diverse communities, we are now seriously looking at how to provide emergency food provision, financial support to achieve this is absolutely vital.

Mrs Shayra Begum
BSC Multicultural Services

Simon Glenister

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3rd sector organisations such as ourselves are perfectly placed to respond quickly in this fast-changing landscape, funds like this allow those with local knowledge to better focus on solving problems quickly.

Simon Glenister
Chief Executive, Noise Solution CIC

Tom Brown

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We now need to deliver ways to take the outdoors online to maintain continuity of our vital services to vulnerable adults and young people when they are more isolated than ever and need support to deliver this change. We badly need more funding to support as we continue to adapt.

Tom Brown
Chief Executive, Green Light Trust

Ann Allen

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We are working hard to support our clients during this difficult time. Our volunteers have been fantastic and we are extremely grateful to the local community who have continued to donate to the food bank. We are not able to conduct face to face assessments at the present time, but our staff are stepping up even more to offer phone advice and, of course we must continue to ensure vulnerable clients still have access to the foodbank. We badly need more funding and supplies to meet increased demand.

Ann Allen
Client Relationship Manager, Reach Community Projects

Jim Manning

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Whitton Youth Partnership works with young people in NW Ipswich. These young people will not be at school now and many will therefore be at a loose end, vulnerable and hungry as there may be no free school meals for many. We are following the advice of the National Youth Agency and are looking at ways in which we can still deliver support to our young people online or in carefully managed one to one or two to one scenarios. We would urge national and local support for our young people as a matter of urgency.

Jim Manning

Ann Osborn

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The voluntary sector is so important right now and must survive this crisis! We are on the ground helping our communities find connection in meaningful ways that include everyone. We are perfectly placed to do this at hyperlocal level. It’s so vital that no one is forgotten or left out.

Ann osborn

It is the strength and desire to help from the public that can make the most difference.”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Patron of The National Emergencies Trust

Who the funds supports

Money raised will support charity groups and community organisations throughout Suffolk, to reach the most vulnerable during this pandemic.

This is a rapidly developing situation, and as a result, the focus of the fund will continue to evolve in line with the support required. The fund will currently support;


  • Groups that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the pandemic
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support
If you are a charity or community group looking for support, please visit our grants pages by clicking the button below.

Coronavirus Community Fund Grants awarded

Details of all Emergency funding awarded from the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund are available to download here.

Suffolk Community Foundation is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. If you would like to find out more about the wide range of projects the Foundation supports, you can find a full list detailing all grants awarded at 360Giving >

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