Grants for Community Groups / Voluntary Organisations

Grants are available from a number of sources



SPort, Amenities and Recreation in Kesgrave (SPARK) can help individuals (over 16), the Town Council, schools, voluntary organisations, sports organisations and any clubs or organisations in Kesgrave by way of provision of small items of equipment or grants for training etc.

It may be that your playgroup is in need of some new painting aprons, or you need some cards for a bingo evening. Do you need some bats and balls or some new darts and a dartboard for your club?

It also provides funding for small and medium sized project.

Further details can be found at:

Kesgrave Town Council

Kesgrave Town Council

Kesgrave Town Council puts aside funds each year for community organisations to apply for grants.

Voluntary organisations or community groups wishing to be considered for a grant should write to the Town Council and include the following information:

  • The specific amount of the grant
  • What the funding is for
  • Breakdown of costs and any funds already raised
  • How the project will benefit Kesgrave and its residents and how many residents will benefit (if possible an approximate breakdown of age groups too)
  • Latest set of accounts/full financial statement

In making decisions the Council will observe the following guidelines:

  • Approvals will depend on sufficient funds being available within the overall grants budget
  • The latest set of accounts or a full financial statement will be required with each application(s)
  • Kesgrave organisations will receive preference for grants
  • Applications from County or national organisations will be considered if it can be shown that their activities provide positive benefits for Kesgrave people. Amounts of grants in such cases will be limited.

Contact details can be found at:

Locality Budgets from District and County Councillors

East Suffolk District Council

Each councillor gets a budget (around £6-8K) to spend on projects in their area that promote the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of their local area. Grants can be given for anything, as long as it's legal and doesn't go against a council policy.

If your organisation or community group would like to ask for a grant, you must get in touch with your local councillor and get their agreement before you apply.

Details of how to contact your District and County Councillors can be found at:

Mrs L D Rope's Third Charitable Settlement

As a grant making charity the trustees support individuals and communities in great need in Suffolk, the UK and the Third World. Further details can be found at:

Tesco Community Grants - Tesco Bags of Help


Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across Great Britain. Projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.

Further details can be found at:

The Roger David Burrows Music Fund

Roger Burrows Music Fund

The Aim of the Fund is to advance the education of the public in the subject of music, to encourage people to get involved with making music and give support to those already involved in music.

Grants (up to £150) towards the cost of instruments, music, music related equipment and music activities are only open to United Kingdom (UK) based individuals or groups/societies/organisations/schools and the closing date for applications is 1st January each year. Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from their website.

Applications can be sent at anytime during the year but will not be considered until after the 1st January deadline and any grant awarded will be sent by cheque within two months (by 1st March).

For further information see:

East Suffolk District Council

East Suffolk District Council

Grants are available from the District Council. Further details can be found at:

Funding 4 Suffolk (Community Action Suffolk)

Community Action Suffolk

"Funding 4 Suffolk" lets you browse available funding by organisation type. There are 17 organisations types to choose from including Community Associations, Schools, Sports Clubs, Community/Parish Councils and Charitable Incorporated Organisations. There are also hints and tips for completing successful funding applications as well as a section specifically for local funds. Further details can be found at:

Suffolk Community Foundation

Suffolk Community Foundation

SCF award grants to charities, voluntary or community groups and organisations which are charitable in purpose and are working to help relieve disadvantage and deprivation across Suffolk. They seek to support genuinely good ideas that will make a real difference to the lives of local people. The aim of our grant-making is to:

  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Tackle disadvantage
  • Support local solutions to meet local needs
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Develop sustainable and supportive communities

The Foundation supports core costs, new or continuing projects, one-off initiatives, and capital costs.

Further details can be found at:

Viridor Credits

Viridor Credits

Viridor Credits Environmental Company is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects around the UK through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Viridor Credits was set up to administer Viridor's Contributions to the Landfill Communities Fund. It is, however, a wholly independent company, separate from Viridor's operations.

Projects that fulfil the following objectives may be eligible for funding:

  • The protection of the environment, the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities and parks, which are open and accessible to the public.
  • The protection of the environment, the enhancement, protection and/or promotion of biological diversity of a species or habitat.
  • The protection of the environment, the maintenance, repair or restoration of a building of historic or architectural interest, and is open and accessible to the public.

Project Priorities - Viridor Credits-funded projects must demonstrate:

  • Proof of a need and local support for the project; promotion of community participation (volunteering)and partnership approaches
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Value for money; projects must maximise the benefit of Landfill Communities Fund
  • Self -sustaining and have long-term management plans

Further details can be found at:


Last update on Sunday 15 Aug 2021 by Alan Comber.

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