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 2022/23 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.  We are particularly keen to hear about any Environmental projects that you are planning and require funds towards. 

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 2021, the Civic & Community Committee considered the applications at a grant consultation meeting on 17 June.    For the second round of awards 2021, the Civic & Community Committee agreed to award the following  grants towards community projects at its meeting of 19 January 2022.  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 – 2021/22

Organisation Project/Purpose Grant amount
Felixstowe Festival Events WAMFest Felixstowe Women Arts and Music Festival on 4th September £1,000
Felixstowe Men’s Shed Purchase of Quality Table Saw and Sliding Carriage £2,113
Felixstowe Museum Creating a creative space at Felixstowe Museum to be shared by Landguard partners including Fort and Nature Reserve that can double as a space for school visits. £2,450
Hamilton MAS artYsPaceS – 20 sessions, arts & art award materials for 2 young people £400
Landguard Fort Trust Fort Forward – Interpretation Panels £700
Majestic Voices Sound equipment (This application replaces previous ringfenced grant agreed of £500 as group had not been meeting due to Covid). This is also a ringfenced grant. £500
Royal British Legion Felixstowe Festival of Remembrance  £1,000
Royal British Legion RBL Centenary Event £710
St Andrews Pre-school Ltd. Curtains for large windows in the hall to provide shade from the sun £800
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) Support Felixstowe team of responders by providing equipment, training etc £500
TOTAL   £10,173

Round 2 – 2021/2022

Organisation Project/Purpose Grant amount
BID New content for Visit Felixstowe/BID websites to promote local businesses £2,341
Boost Bereavement Counselling and Mentoring  £2,500
DAS Continuiance of the Crisis Intervention Service £1,500
FACTS Refurbishment of portacabin £2,000
Felixstowe Detachment Army Cadets Improving communications delivery £429
Felixstowe Hockey Club Coaching qualifications £250
Felixstowe Museum Accessible Community Museum Engagement – to purchase confernece camera, projector 2 smart phones and other equipment £1,500
Felixstowe Sea Angling Society Replacement of aging security lighting and CCTV equipment £700
Lions Club of Felixstowe New store and workshop for the Christmas Lights £3,000
Save the Children Fund Renovations for Santa and Rudolph’s Ride around Felixstowe £606.71
Total £14,826.71  

In addition, the Town Council provides regular annual support to a number of other local organisations. For 2021/2 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 in 2020/21 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

http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/community/community-grants-and-funding/

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:

http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/community-volunteering-and-funding/funding-and-grants/   

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