The fund is now open for applications for 2022-23.

The Fund is 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.

What can we fund?

  • Improving the energy efficiency of buildings
  • Promoting walking and cycling
  • The use of sustainable/recycled materials
  • Raising awareness of climate change through events
  • and more!

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 multiple separate sponsors to make up the remaining project costs.

To be able to demonstrate support from community sponsors, it is recommended that applicants utilise one of the many community fundraising platforms available online. Whilst we cannot advise you which one will best suit the individual needs of your project, there are many available and we encourage you to find the one that best meets your needs. The value of time committed by volunteers in the delivery of the project can be counted towards the 50% funding you need to raise; more information is found in the guidelines below.

How does it work?

  1. Plan your project.
  2. Seek funding from others in the community. One of the community fundraising platforms available online are a great way of promoting your project and drawing in donations from sponsors.
  3. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). We will carry out an EOI review and follow it up with a phone call to help you refine your application. If we think we can support your project, we will issue you with a conditional letter of intent to provide a grant, which may help you secure the remaining funds you need.
  4. Once you have reached at least 50% of your total project costs, comprised of donations from multiple unique sponsors, complete and submit a final application form to formally request a grant from us.

The Suffolk Climate Action Community Match Fund only has limited resources each financial year and we will deal with applications as they are received, so do contact us early on if you are considering applying.

If you are developing an idea and need some advice please contact David Walton, david.walton@suffolk.gov.uk.

Please refer to the Suffolk Climate Action Match Fund guidelines before submitting an expression of interest or a final application.

Download the Suffolk Climate Action Match Fund Expression of Interest Form.

Download the Suffolk Climate Action Match Fund Application Form.

The Suffolk Climate Action Community Match Fund is provided by Suffolk’s public sector organisations as part of its work to address the climate emergency.