Grants and funding

There are various options for obtaining grants or funding for village projects.

Find out about Parish Council Grant Funding, as well as other grants such as the Big Lottery Fund, the Suffolk Foundation and the Conservation Foundation. Links and information can be found below.

Parish Council Grant Funding

The Parish Council maintains a small fund for grant aid to local organisations. This is considered as start-up support or pump priming and is primarily aimed at new or existing groups in the community for the provision of new services or facilities.

The Parish Council receives a number of requests for grant support throughout the year. They are normally dealt with annually at our May meeting.


Applications for the Annual Grants Round should be submitted to the Parish Clerk before 30th April each year.

Each application is considered on its individual merits by the Parish Council.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council grants and loans

Babergh and Mid-Suffolk provide information on a variety of sources of grants and loans, including the Developer Contributions Database and Locality Awards among others. See the Babergh and Mid-Suffolk website for more details.


The MyCommunity website, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, provides information on grants available to local communities from a variety of grant funders, including the Big Lottery Fund. See their list of information and links to the variety of grants available.

A list of other grants include:


Biffa will grant between £250 and £5000, or up to £50,000 for community based projects.

2. Government Funding

This website is effectively a directory which will help signpost applicants to potential sources of funding for the voluntary and community sector. It searches Department for Education and Skills, Department of Health, Home Office, ODPM and Government Offices for the Regions.

3. Arts Council

The Arts Council gives grants of between £200 and £100,000, although most grants are under £30,000. Projects can include events, activities and capital items.

4. Sport England

Sport England give grants of over £5000 towards sporting projects. The website is full of information including guidance sheets on various aspects of developing a sports facility. Call 08458 508 508 or visit the website for more information.

5. Football Foundation

There are 3 schemes applicable to local authorities – Capital Projects, Goalpost Safety Scheme and Community and Education Small Grants Scheme. For further information call 0845 345 4555 or visit the website.

6. Suffolk Foundation

The Foundation has a number of grant funds available such as the High Sheriff’s Award, Small Grants Fund, Get Suffolk Moving Fund, Working Together Fund etc. Full details of the various funds and the applications process can be found on the website.

7. The Conservation Foundation

Grants up to £1000 for projects designed to improve local environment.

8. The Henry Morphew Fund

The Henry Morphew fund in managed by Kings Pightle Nature Reserve Bildeston. It has the ability to provide grant funding to to support organisations and projects that benefit the residents of Bildeston.