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 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.

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) open programmes – Reaching Communities Fund and Awards for All funding programmes support a wide range of activities and sectors for community organisations, including supporting environmental focused projects. Projects will need to address the wider strategic aims and ambitions of the funding criteria too. Grants range from £300 to over £10,000.

Adnams Community Trust – Not-for-profit and schools can apply for revenue or capital grants from £100-£2,500 towards a range of community projects, including those with environment and conservation outcomes. Projects must take place within 25-mile radius of Southwold.

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.

National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) open programmes – Supporting landscapes and nature projects is a funding priority for NLHF, particularly ones that support nature’s recovery, deliver nature-based solutions to address climate change and reconnect people to landscapes and nature. Environmental sustainability is expected to be embedded into applicants’ decision making, and projects will need to reach the mandatory outcome of engaging a wider range of people. Grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Working with others and supporting projects to preserve and improve species health and habitats, sustainable and ethical food, and clean and healthy freshwater. Various grant amounts available.

Alfred Williams Charitable Trust – Charities and community groups can apply for grants (£500-£1,000) for projects in the area of natural and man-made environment and heritage in Suffolk only. Conservation and restoration is included, but not on-going activities or routine maintenance.

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 scheme closes in August 2024. 

Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape – Each year the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape is proud to open four grants schemes that fund local community projects. The schemes vary in purpose, scale of funding and geographic area with which they benefit, so it’s important to find the right fund for your project. These are
Amenity and Accessibility Fund – closes 22nd Mar 2024.
Sustainable Development Fund 
– closes 24th May 2024. 

Grow Wild’s Youth GrantIf you’re aged between 14-25, and have an idea to celebrate why UK plants and Fungi are special, then you can apply for a grant of up to £500. You can apply as an individual or as a group of up to 6 people. Applications close 19th Mar 2024. 

Nature for Health – Nature for Health is funding to support improved mental health through nature.  The funding is opened to small grassroots or organisations, supporting people access green spaces and nature-based activities. Applications close 20th Mar 2024.