Community grant funding

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Ipswich Borough Council grants

Suffolk Community Restart fund

Funded by Suffolk County Council, this new £300,000 fund has been split between the four District and Borough councils within Suffolk. Each has been given £75,000 to offer grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups to help them restart their previous activities safely and/or support them to transition to new ways of working whilst having to follow Covid-19 regulations and guidance.

This scheme offers grants of between £250 and £2,500 to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Suffolk. 

Read more about the Suffolk Community Restart fund

Community Cash Grants

Each year the Council provides revenue support to a range of voluntary and community organisations working for community benefit in Ipswich. 

Applications up to £20,000 are invited in the second quarter and awards are decided each February as part of the Council’s overall budget setting for the following financial year.

Read more about Community Cash Grants.

Seeds for Change fund

This one-off fund was established with £140,000, including a £20,000 contribution from Suffolk County Council. Some grants have been awarded and the remaining funds are available for projects across Ipswich which:

  • Improve life chances of young people in the Borough
  • Steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Improve young people’s resilience and life choices (opportunities)

Read more about the Seeds for Change fund.

Area Committee funding

Area Committees divide Ipswich into five areas. Within each area, Councillors work with residents, businesses and community groups to discuss how their budget can be spent to make improvements. Each Committee has an annual budget equivalent to £5,000 per ward.

Read more about Area Committee funding.

Ravenswood Community Fund

This fund for the Ravenswood area is managed by the South East Area Committee. It is in addition to the normal budget and can only be spent in Ravenswood. Projects must meet the fund objectives, but otherwise follow the same process as Area Committee funding applications and the same application form can be used.

Read more about the Ravenswood Community Fund

Make A Difference Fund

This smaller fund is set aside from the main Area Committee budgets each year to enable ‘quick fixes’. Each Ward has an annual budget of £500 at the discretion of Ward Councillors to help local groups. Typically, it is used to purchase small items or for event costs.

Read more about the Make a Difference Fund

Area Housing Panels

Area Housing Panels consist of Tenant Representatives, Councillors and Council staff members who meet quarterly to discuss local issues and develop appropriate solutions. They can also approve neighbourhood improvement projects that benefit Council tenants and their communities.

There are three Area Housing Panels and each panel has £7,000 to spend on improvement projects each year.

Read more about Area Housing Panels.

External grants

Community Action Suffolk: Funding 4 Suffolk portal

Community Action Suffolk provides support to Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Suffolk. Membership is free and provides access to a great deal of guidance and to the Funding 4 Suffolk portal. The portal is a tool that allows organisations to search for funding for projects or costs quickly and easily.

Read more about the Funding 4 Suffolk portal.

Suffolk Community Foundation

The Foundation manages funds on behalf of Trusts and philanthropists in Suffolk. It aims to provide accessible grant funding to smaller and medium sized charities, voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises who deliver essential services but who often struggle to compete against larger organisations.

Read more about Suffolk Community Foundation grants

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust (NWIBLT) was established as part of the ‘Big Local’ program, set up by the Big Lottery Fund and was awarded at least £1 million invest in the area over ten years between 2012-2022.

NWIBLT is led by a group of local residents who each live in the wards of Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill and who are responsible for all decision making and allocation of funding associated with the project.

Read more about North West Ipswich Big Local Trust funding

If you have questions about any of the funding opportunities mentioned on this page, please get in touch with the Community Engagement team using the contact details displayed.