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Grants and Funding for youth projects

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We know that when young people are engaged in positive activities in their communities, they are more likely to thrive.  They learn new skills, gain confidence and have the opportunity to spend time with peers in a safe space.


For many, having grants and funding is vital to set up activities and create safe spaces for young people in their communties.  If you are looking for grants to do this in your area, take a look at the resources on this page.

Locality grants

If you are looking to set up a youth project in Mid Suffolk or East Suffolk, approach your local District Councillor as they have a funding pot each year to spend in their area.  Your local Suffolk County Councillor also has a pot, and this can be a good way to gain funds to be used as match funding for larger pots of money elsewhere.

Suffolk County Council's Youth Intervention Fund: You can view a full list of the projects that have been funded through this grant in the downloads section 

This was a one year grant scheme running from 2021 to 2022.

Advice and support for fundraising

You can access fundraising advice, resources and support from Community Action Suffolk here: Funding Advice - Community Action Suffolk

Sustainability and training resources

We have a selection of training available and on demand resources, from 'Armchair Fundraising - the basics' to 'Crowdfunding for Success', 'Finance essentials for Trustees' to 'Social Impact measurement'. 

Visit Sustainability - Community Action Suffolk to see what's on and contact bethany.taylor@communtyactionsuffolk.org.uk to enrol for training free of charge for youth organisations or to arrange a free one to one funding surgery.

Current grants and funding opportunities

Suffolk Community Foundation

A number of grants aimed at supporting young people can be found on their website www.suffolkcf.org.uk

They have a grant making process, which is useful to read before applying.  The guidelines and policies part of the website is also helpful to understand.

The Ragdoll Foundation

This Ragdoll Foundation grant is closed for 2022 and is refocussing its grants approach.  We do not know as yet whether a future window will be available.

John Gilpin Trust

Small grants of up to £2,000 are available to local charities

Contact details for the John Gilpin Trust based in Southwold

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