Engaged Communities Tackling Poverty fund

The Tackling Poverty Fund is no longer accepting applications.

If you made an application before 10 October 2022, your application will be reviewed the week commencing 17 October 2022 and you will be notified of the outcome of your application the week commencing 24 October 2022.

For more information on current funding opportunities, please contact the External Funding team at: fundingenquiries@suffolk.gov.uk

The Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) has been awarded to the Engaged Communities Group to support VCSE partner organisations with their local response to and recovery from Covid-19.

During the last 2.5 years, the Engaged Communities Group have met on a regular basis to share key issues and concerns within our local communities and gain support to help stop the spread of Covid-19, and most recently, to help aid community recovery following the pandemic.

The Group have frequently acknowledged the detrimental impact the pandemic has had on our communities, with those that were already experiencing financial hardship, struggling significantly. The Engaged Communities Group has agreed to use a proportion of this COMF response and recovery funding to directly support those facing poverty in Suffolk. The Tackling Poverty fund will enable VCSE organisations to ‘Support Suffolk to move into recovery after covid-19’ with funded projects also supporting Suffolk County Council’s Poverty Strategy and Action Plan.

Suffolk County Council has recently published its Tackling Poverty Strategy and Action Plan (PDF, 766KB) which identifies a range of key actions across four themes:

  • Emergency Support
  • Increasing Incomes, Reducing Costs
  • Wellbeing & Life Chances
  • Preventing Poverty

The Engaged Communities Tackling Poverty Fund seeks to support the ‘Wellbeing & Life Chances’ and ‘Preventing Poverty’ themes.

The Engaged Communities Group are looking to fund a small number of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations that the Tackling Poverty team can work with to test new ideas that provide practical solutions to support people on low incomes, in particular issues where there is less evidence of ‘what works’. This could be a completely new idea that your organisation is interested in trying or it could be something you have tried on a small scale that looks promising but needs development in order to build the evidence base.

All innovative project ideas that tackle poverty will be considered. However, we are particularly interested in funding projects that support our funding priorities:

  1. Preventing people falling into poverty
  2. Overcoming barriers to escaping poverty
  3. Improving Financial Wellbeing
  4. Strength through adversity and trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences and Childhood Trauma)

These priorities are based on the learning gathered during the consultation work which informed our Poverty Strategy and Action Plan.

For full details on the fund including funding priorities, funding criteria and eligibility, who can apply, what won’t be funded and how much funding is available, please read the Engaged Communities Tackling Poverty Fund Guidance (Word, 146KB) in full.

Engaged Communities Tackling Poverty funding: If your organisation has read the ‘Engaged Communities Tackling Poverty Fund Guidance’ in full and has an innovative project idea which will help to tackle poverty within Suffolk, then please complete the following documents and email them to:


Successful organisations will be notified the week commencing 24 October 2022 by the Tackling Poverty team.

The key contact for your project will be expected to attend a project kick-off meeting with the Tackling Poverty Lead, to discuss the project in more detail and to agree how the project will be monitored and evaluated. The frequency of project reporting will also be agreed during this initial meeting and other expectations discussed and agreed.

Funded organisations will be expected to commit to developing a good working relationship with the Tackling Poverty team within Suffolk County Council. As this fund aims to test new approaches to tackling poverty, we recognise that some projects could encounter challenges throughout, and we want to support your organisation through these potential challenges to ensure they are managed/overcome where possible. Ultimately, we want to learn what works and sometimes we will learn what works by finding out what does not work. Learning from what isn’t working is a positive, as it can help us to know how to change or improve things.

Prior to funding being awarded, a Grant Funding Agreement will need to be completed and signed by both parties. This will be developed in line with the agreed project expectations discussed during the kick-off meeting.

All funded organisations will be expected to complete an ‘End of project report’ to capture the outcomes of the project, the benefits and any lessons learned. The project report will be sent to you at the end of your project.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of members from the Engaged Communities Strategic Group and the Tackling Poverty Programme Office. The decision of the panel is final and cannot be challenged.

All applications will be reviewed at the end of the 10-week application window and successful applicants will be notified the week commencing 24 October 2022.

2 August 2022 – Application window opens

10 October 2022 – Application window closes at 9am. All applications must be sent to CCBCOVID19@suffolk.gov.uk.

Week commencing 17 October 2022 – Engaged Communities Tackling Poverty Fund Strategic Group will meet to review and discuss all applications received and decide which projects will be funded.

Week commencing 24 October 2022 – All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Kick-off meeting organised for successful projects with the Tackling Poverty Lead.