For advice and support on external funding opportunities in Suffolk, covering a range of different sectors and activities, please visit the Suffolk County Council webpage to sign up to the VCSE bi-weekly Grants Alert.

The following document has been put together by Suffolk County Council to signpost towards grants: SCC Green Environment Grants

These other grants are available to help communities implement carbon saving actions and enhance biodiversity in Suffolk.

Suffolk Climate Action Community Match Funder – This fund is designed to assist charities, community interest companies, parish councils, voluntary groups and other not for profit organisations who wish to deliver community-based carbon reduction projects that contribute to Suffolk’s Climate Emergency Plan and our vision for Suffolk to become carbon neutral by 2030. The fund will support up to 50% of costs (up to a maximum of £10,000) for applications demonstrating that others in the community support the project in the form of contributions from a minimum of two other sources (not including your own funds) to make up the remaining project costs.

The Naturesave Trust – The May – June 2024 funding window is now open, with the theme of soil health.

Soil scientists have variously claimed that the UK has only enough soil left for another 100 harvests. To reverse this, systemic change is required in the way the land is managed. If you are committing to increasing soil organic matter levels in UK arable and horticultural soils by at least 20% on existing levels in the next 20 years, you can apply for funding. If you have a project or initiative working to combat this problem, please apply to the Trust here. Applications close 27th June.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund – The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) is open for new applications, these can be submitted at any time until 30 June 2024. The fund provides 80% of published standard costs for the planting and establishment of trees in urban and peri-urban areas. Find out if you are eligible here. 

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Groundwork – The VCSE Energy Scheme will help VCSE organisations deliver better services for people and communities by helping them save money on their energy bills. The Capital Grant application deadline is 14th August 2024.

Free trees for Schools and Communities – Apply for free tree packs for your school or community group. All you need the six digit grid reference for where you want to plant the trees, and permission from the landowner. Applications for this round close in August 2024. 

Suffolk & Essex Coastal Heaths Community and Conservation Fund –The Community and Conservation Fund is the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape fund. Whether you have a project that works in heritage, media, conservation, learning, health, accessibility, and diversity, you can apply for funding! This is a small grant fund; successful applicants will receive £500-700, projects must run between October 2024-13th March 2025. Applications close 11th September 2024. Apply at Community and Conservation Fund.

Felixstowe Town Council Occasional Grants –For the year 2024/25 a total of £25,000 has been made available to support community organisations which are able demonstrate a clear need for financial support and which contribute towards the vision and aims for Felixstowe. Projects and activities must have a specific benefit to residents of Felixstowe.  We are particularly keen to hear about any Environmental projects that you are planning and require funds towards.  The deadline to apply for Round 2 of our Occasional Grants is 30 November 2024. Visit Occasional Grants – Felixstowe Town Council to find out more. 

The National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund – The Climate Action Fund is The National Lottery’s commitment to help communities tackle climate change. We’re supporting communities to be environmentally sustainable. They will fund fund formal partnership projects that reach more people by either:

  • linking climate action to the everyday lives and interests of local communities. And inspiring them to take action.
  • influencing communities at a regional or national level. Like linking up groups across locations. Or a campaign that inspires change across one country, or the whole UK.

The minimum grant amount is £500,000, with an estimated deadline of early 2025.

Energy Efficiency Sharematch – Energy Efficiency Sharematch will support Co-operative Societies, Community Benefit Societies and Charitable Community Benefit Societies based in England to undertake activities which reduce their energy usage, or identify alternative sources of energy, leading to a reduction of both the organisation’s carbon footprint and energy bills.

Energy Efficiency Sharematch will provide grant funding to match money raised in community shares. Most grants awarded will be between £10,000 and £15,000. The minimum grant is £5,000 and the maximum grant is £30,000. Find out more at Energy Efficiency Sharematch | Crowdfunder.co.uk. The fund will run until March 2025. 

Aviva Community Fund – The fund helps local causes build stronger communities across the UK, with a focus on climate action and financial wellbeing. Funding is available for organisations looking to raise up to £50,000.

Main grants scheme for village halls – Grants up to £75,000 to support larger improvement projects to rural community buildings in England such as full refits and extensions. This scheme is for those responsible for rural community buildings who wish to make substantive improvements to their building, whether that be extensions or improving energy efficiency and contributing to Net Zero. Awards can be made to cover 20% of eligible project costs, up to a maximum amount of £75,000. Find out more.

The Wickes Community Programme – The Wickes Community Programme is a project fund to support initiatives for Community areas. The fund is open to local community groups and charities. There is a pot of money available for materials for community groups. Up to £200 can be signed off by the store manager and more agreed by the regional manager. You can find out more by popping into your local Wickes or visiting their page.

• Pledges will be matched at a rate of £3 to every £1 donated up to 75% of your project target

• 3:1 match funding will apply to pledges of up to £250. Example; if a project receives a pledge of £50, The Mortgage Advice Bureau Foundation Fund will provide £150. If a project receives a pledge of £1000, The Mortgage Advice Bureau Foundation Fund will provide £750.

• The maximum value of 3:1 match funding a project can receive is £5000

• Only one pledge per supporter will be matched, this will be the first amount pledged by a supporter.

Find out more here. 

Cost of Living Resilience Fund – The Cost-of-Living Resilience Fund provides match funding for social sector organisations running services to help people struggling with the rising cost of living.  The fund aims to increase sustainability in these organisations by supporting them to deliver projects which increase enterprise activity to build organisational stability and resilience. This could include provision of warm spaces, and access to transport.

All pledges made by supporters, up to a maximum £150 pledge, will be matched by the Cost-of-Living Resilience Fund at a rate of 2:1 or 3:1 match funding depending on IMD. Click here to find out more. 

British Airways with Crowdfunder – This funding is designed to help organisations and social enterprises drive change in their local communities.  And do one or more of the following:

Deliver support in areas experiencing social and economic deprivation, including rural communities

Work with one or more of the following groups as a main focus:

·         Lower socio-economic groups

·         Culturally diverse communities

·         Disadvantaged females exploring STEM opportunities

·         Individuals struggling with mental health and wellbeing

·         Groups exploring or providing solutions for Climate Change

Match Fund pledge conditions:

Project can receive a maximum of the lessor of £10,000 or 50% of your project target.  For every pledge made towards your project we’ll match it up to £250, so if your project receives a pledge of £20 we’ll add another £20, if your project receives a pledge of £600 then you’ll receive an additional £250. Visit Eligibility Criteria (bacommunityfund.co.uk)