Suffolk Community Restart Fund

The Suffolk Community Restart fund, funded through Suffolk County Council, is a grant fund totalling £300,000. Each borough and district council in Suffolk has been given £75,000 each to offer voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups a grant to help them resume their previous activities safely and/or to support them to transition to new ways of working.

The scheme offers grants of between £250 and £2,500 to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Suffolk.

The aim of the fund is to enable VCSE organisations to restart previous activities safely and/or to support them to switch to new ways of working. All VCSE groups are eligible to apply, provided funding requested is for equipment, adaptations or staffing (but these need to additional and not part of your core costs) to enable an existing or previous activity to resume safely or to enable a new activity or service to be developed or launched.

Key information

Before applying, please note that this funding is not intended to replace lost income or hardship experienced by VCSE organisations as a result of the pandemic, although it can be used help you to resume activities suspended due to COVID-19. We cannot provide retrospective funding for projects, unless it was something that has had to ‘pause’ due to COVID-19.

What can be funded and criteria

The Suffolk Community Restart fund Guidance Notes provide examples of the types of activity the fund can be used for:

  • minor facility alterations – that is reconfiguration or refurbishment to meet social distancing requirements
  • service alterations – that is volunteer training, for example health and safety requirements or risk assessments
  • operational alterations - that is signage or floor markings – maintaining social distance and avoiding congestion.

Process

Applicants will first contact Community Action Suffolk by email at vcsesupport@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or phone 01473 345400 to discuss their project and to ensure that it meets the attached criteria.

How to apply

If you would like to access funding through the scheme, please read the Suffolk Community Restart fund Guidance Notes before completing the online Suffolk Community Restart Fund Application Form

Please note, demand for the Suffolk Community Restart Fund is due to be high, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

For more information download the Ready, set...restart leaflet or visit Community Action Suffolk - Suffolk Community Restart