Occasional Grants

Felixstowe Town Council is committed to supporting and strengthening the many networks and community groups that help to make a positive difference to Felixstowe as a place to live, work and visit, for everyone.  We know that the Council can make a difference through our grants process, but it is also important that we seek a relationship with many of these groups to explore other ways in which they can develop and grow as they need to.

For the year 2021/22 a total of £25,000 has been made available to support community organisations which are able demonstrate a clear need for financial support and which contribute towards the vision and aims for Felixstowe. Projects and activities must have a specific benefit to residents of Felixstowe.  Last year, grants required to provide aid for the Coronavirus took priority, and details of some of these grants given can be found at the bottom of this page.  

The upcoming deadline to apply for Occasional Grants is 31 May 2022. To download an application form please  Click here.

Any properly constituted group, club or organisation based in Felixstowe and/or operating for the benefit of its residents can apply.

Please read Council’s Occasional Grant Policy here for guidance on how to complete and what to include in your application.  If you need help with the application process or to submit your completed application form please contact Debbie Frost  debbie.frost@felixstowe.gov.uk or 01394 288192.

Previous grant awards given:

For the first round of awards 2019, the Civic & Community Committee agreed to award the following towards community projects at its meeting of 19 June.  Details of the meeting can be found here.

For the second round of awards 2019, the Civic & Community Committee agreed to award the following towards community projects at its meeting of 19 December.  Details of the meeting can be found here.

Grants were approved as follows, click on the word report under Project/Purpose to receive an update on how each organisation used their grant:

Round 1 – 2019/20

Organisation Grant amount Project/Purpose
Felixstowe Area Community Transport  £2,000 Towards the cost of accessibility modifications for a new minibus.  Report
Felixstowe Coast Watch £1,500 Towards the replacement of their old Monocular Scope with Binoculars.  Report
Felixstowe Creative Arts Trust (F-CAT) £1,100 Towards the development of Two Sisters Arts Centre.  Report 
Felixstowe Friendly Visiting Service £945 Towards providing coach transport for outings for the elderly, isolated, and disabled people within the Felixstowe Area.  Report
Felixstowe Musical Theatre £400 Towards the purchase of a modern amplifier (portable Bluetooth Speaker) Report
Majestic Voices £600 Towards the purchase of a keyboard/electric piano and quotes
Pier Projects £1,000 Towards a programme of contemporary art, community engagement, and work with young people in Felixstowe.  Report
Stennetts Community Cafe £500 Towards their Free Lunch and Activity Project.  Report
Total £8,045  

Round 2 – 2019/2020

Organisation Grant amount Project/Purpose
Black & White Productions £1200 Towards  a new drama production commemorating Felixstowe’s role in Battle of Britain.  Report
Citizens Advice Bureau £900 Towards display equipment replacement.  Report 
Felixstowe & Corinthians Cricket Club £1000 Towards  replacement netting for practice facilities.  Report
Dellwood Lawn Tennis Club £750 Towards renovation and development of club facilities which house tennis equipment.  Report
Felixstowe Area Community Transport Ltd (FACTS) £2000 Towards accessibility modifications for a new minibus.  Report
Felixstowe Book Festival £335 Towards a book write event “How to be Autistic” Report
Felixstowe Prom Junior Parkrun £200 Towards weighted cones and table
Felixstowe Sea Angling Society £1750 Towards the replacement of entrance doors, fascia boards, soffits, guttering, downpipe installation of bird guards
Felixstowe Swimming Club £700 Towards professional swimming courses & advertising
Felixstowe Twins Club £1000 Towards venue hire and general promotion of group.  Report
Hamilton MAS Micro Arts Space by the Sea £1000 Ringfenced grand towards establishing a young people’s creative arts – artYsPaceS – subject to completion of funding.  Report
Happy Globe CIC £1000 Cowpasture Meadow Wildlife Reserve: Compost, seeds, timber, beehives.  Report
Laydens Community Cafe £409.75 Towards replacement of cash register, chiller, and improved marketing
Memory Lane (Felixstowe Dementia Alliance) £1000 Towards arts and crafts activities.  Report
Save the Children £373.82 Towards battery/electric operated Santa Sleigh and Speakers.  Report 
St John Ambulance £800 Towards a Gazebo.  Report
Suffolk Wildlife Trust £360 For the purchase of a projector for talks
Timebanking £275 Towards local initiatives being supported by the Felixstowe Timebank
Total £15,053.57  

In addition, the Town Council provides regular annual support to a number of other local organisations. For 2021/22 these are:

Art on the Prom £2,000
Felixstowe Book Festival £2,000 Report
Citizen’s Advice Bureau £2,500  Report 
Felixstowe Carnival £2,000
Felixstowe Council for Sport and Recreation £200 Report
Felixstowe/Harwich Ferry £1,000
Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service £1,500 Report
Landguard Fort £1,000
Landguard Partnership £1,000
Salzwedel Twinning Association £200
Wesel Twinning Association £0 requested for this year due to Covid
Level Two Youth Project £10,000 Report

Coronavirus Grants from the Town Council

In these uncertain times, we know that the Council can make a difference through our grants process so we launched a streamlined grant application process to enable community organisations and charities to get a quick decision on funding. 

Coronavirus Grant awards given  include:

Organisation Grant amount Project/Purpose
Felixstowe Area Community Transport  £2,000 To provide delivery services of medical supplies and provisions during the Pandemic.  Report
Citizens Advice Bureau £3000 Core funding to help with their COVID-19 response, inc. remote working hardware.  Report 
Age UK £1,000 To provide Good Day calls to Felixstowe residents. They will publicise through social media, ESC and Social prescribing group, local press and radio.
Felixstowe Sewing School £120 Materials to sew scrubs for the Ipswich & Colchester Hospital Trust – Additional scrubs are required as there
Felixstowe Radio £951.19 New broadcasting streamer and helping to deliver services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Explorers, Salvation Army £408 Explorers Outreach to families during COVID-19 – Sending 24 packs out to families in need.
Emmaus £630 To provide boredom packs to Felixstowe Volunteers  who are struggling to cope including supporting with phone calls.  Report
Lighthouse Women’s Aid £1,308 To purchase 2 laptops for homeworking to provide support to women in abusive relationships
1st Walton Guides £64.17 To cover Zoom for 3 months, 20 x Interest badges and certificates
ActivLives £1,000 To purchased Balance Equipment kits for members to stop spread of Covid-19 with shared equipment and to enable members to do exercises at home.
6th Old Felixstowe Scout Group £600 An outdoor shelter to enable a return to face to face Scouting, new plastic wallets and individual stationery for Scouts and shelving with storage boxes
Walton Parish Nursing £1,000 To provide “Well-being” support post-coronavirus, and cover extra costs such as PPE
Disability Advice Service (East Suffolk) £1,500 To support their Crisis Intervention and Listening Service

Other Coronavirus Related Funding

Felixstowe Relief Charity

In these uncertain times the Felixstowe Relief Charity has a small fund available to provide relief to beneficiaries who are in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial or other disadvantage or to aid education.  Please read their Grants policy  here.  There are two application forms, one for organisations which can be downloaded here and one for individuals here.

Please click on the following links for information on the funding opportunities available from other grant making organisations:

Other grant awarding bodies


East Suffolk Council


Suffolk County Council

Does not provide grants directly but see their role as helping people apply for external grants. More information can be found here:


Suffolk Community Foundation

Many of Suffolk’s small community grants are administered through the Suffolk Community Foundation. For up to date information and a list of funds visit: http://suffolkcf.org.uk/apply/grants