Community grants

We actively support and encourage our communities with a number of grant opportunities. The types of grant available are summarised below, to find out more and apply, follow the links provided.

The Community Chest funding round for 2024-25 is now closed

The Community Chest funding round for 2024-2025 is now closed, as the submission deadline was 6pm on Friday 29 September 2023. 

Applications will now be assessed by West Suffolk Council’s Grant Working Party, with successful allocated funding decisions confirmed by Cabinet in February 2024.

For more information about the Community Chest Fund and or alternative funding solutions please contact or phone 01638 719235

Locality budgets

Available to community groups for projects or activities that the whole local community can enjoy, to contact your local Families and Communities officer see the Families and Communities Ward Map. 


  • North locality officers - Lesley-Ann Keogh phone: 01638 719238 and Gemma O'Shea phone: 01284 757465
  • Central locality officers - Ellie McCarthy Phone: 01284 757461 and Steph Edmans Phone: 01284 757080
  • South locality officers - Jon Eaton Phone: 01638 719235

For more details on this and restrictions, read the West Suffolk Locality Budget Scheme Guidance for councillors.

  • To apply you will need to contact your local councillor. To find out who your councillor(s) are and how to contact them, please visit our Councillors and meetings page.
  • For information about which community groups have received locality budget payments in West Suffolk, see our Locality budgets page.

More information

You can see our approach to funding illustrated in our Families and Communities funding approach diagram

For more information read Our approach to working with families and communities

Other funding sources

Home assistance grants

Funding is available from West Suffolk Council to assist families and residents to make safe, repair and improve their homes and we would like your help to engage with our communities.

We can assist in different ways, through Warmer Homes Healthy People or through the Home Assistance grant (HAG) to help home owners carry out repairs and improvements to their homes to ensure that they are warm, weatherproof or watertight, safe and secure and have reasonably modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.

To find out more, or to see if one of our other grants could help, see our Housing grants page.

Energy grants

For a wide range of grants and other assistance with energy saving initiatives for businesses and community venues, see the Green Suffolk website

Funding 4 Suffolk

Funding 4 Suffolk is a website which lets you browse available funding by organisation type. There are also hints and tips for completing successful funding applications as well as a section specifically for local funds. You can access Funding 4 Suffolk at: Community Action Suffolk - Sustainability and funding advice

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