Community Cash Grants 2021/22

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The application window for 2021/22 Community Cash Grants is now CLOSED.

Applying for a Community Cash Grant

Each year the Council provides revenue support to a range of voluntary and community organisations in line with the criteria set out in its Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Policy.

Please take time to read all of the information available.  Successful applicants are required to have a legal governance structure and be able to clearly describe and indicate how they will measure progress in at least one of the following priorities:

  • Promote community safety
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Promote learning and skills development
  • Making Ipswich a cleaner, more attractive and sustainable place
  • Enhance leisure and cultural activities
  • Work with individuals and groups who experience disadvantage
  • Promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations in communities

The annual budget for direct Voluntary and Community Sector grants is set by the Council in February each year as part of the Council’s overall budget. For 2021/22 there is £52,650 available in unallocated funds.

About the grants

Groups working to benefit residents of Ipswich can apply for amounts up to £20,000 for the year, through either of the following:

  1. Community Investment Grant – This grant provides core funding for running costs for an organisation to build its capacity.
  2. Community Project Grant – This grant is suitable for trying something new or for one-off activities that deliver one or more of the Council’s grants priorities.

Ipswich Borough Council continues its commitment to working with voluntary and community groups to make Ipswich a better place for us all.

There will never be enough money to fund everyone’s projects or meet everyone’s needs, but by being clear about the principles and priorities that are most important to the Council, and our duty to promote equality, we will be able to invest public money effectively and maximise the value of the support we provide.

Key dates

  • Application window opens – Friday 28th August 2020
  • Application window closes – 12noon, Friday 9th October 2020
  • Processing and scoring of applications – October 2019 to January 2020
  • Grant recommendations sent to Executive as part of the budget process – Tuesday 9th February 2021
  • Grant recommendations sent to Full Council as part of the budget process – Wednesday 24th February 2021
  • Notification of grant outcome – March 2021
  • Funding allocated – April 2021