Raising the Bar funding

Raising the Bar enables our External Funding team to give advice and guidance to Suffolk schools to help them find external funding opportunities and make bids.

Holiday Activities and Healthy Food Fund

Suffolk County Council have been successful in gaining one-off funding from the Department of Education for a project to provide 2449 children and young people eligible for Free School Meals to access free holiday activities in the 2019 Summer Holidays

The aim of the fund and project is to provide these children and young people with access to positive and enriching activities in a safe environment during the holiday period.

Children and young people will be eligible to access the equivalent of 4 hours a day provision for 4 days a week for 4 weeks of the holiday period.  Provision will include enriching activities, physical activity, nutritional education and at least one healthy meal per day.

Schools will receive an allocation of places based on the number of FSM pupils in their school based on the October 2018 census and are asked to refer the children they believe would most benefit from accessing this provision. Schools will be notified of their allocation and provided with referral forms in early June

The Suffolk project has 4 elements all aimed at ensuring there is sufficient provision that meets the needs of as wide a range of children and young people as possible and Suffolk County Council is working with a large number of local VCSE partner organisations to increase the amount of provision.

The four project elements are as follows:

  • Grants for individual children to access existing holiday club providers
  • The development of community based Fun and Food groups in many of the main towns in Suffolk
  • Working with leisure operators to put on additional holiday camps
  • An ‘edge of care’ programme

Download the Lowestoft activity menu (Word, 18KB).

More information will be added to this page as the project is developed.

General education funding opportunities

We have produced an External Funding for Schools Factsheet (PDF, 259KB) which is a simple, useful guide to how schools can fund funding as well as hints and tips for application.

We also have put together a detailed list of external funding opportunities for schools (Excel, 498KB).

You can also find out about funding opportunities by following Funding Suffolk on Twitter

The main larger funding opportunities available to schools currently are likely to come from the following sources:

  • Education Endowment Foundation (EEF): you can apply to run your own projects (usually with a number of other schools as they are interested in projects that show promise being scaled up).  In addition, and what happens in many cases for schools, is that you can take part in trials run by organisations who have successfully bid for funding from the EEF already. They are often actively recruiting for schools to test promising programmes and interventions so a check of their Now Recruiting page every so often can be a worthwhile exercise. 
  • Department for Education (DfE): the DfE sporadically has funding streams available. See what is available on GOV.UK at funding for different types of schools and settings.

Contact us

Email gavin.talbot@suffolk.gov.uk if you have any questions you may have about applying for funding towards school projects.