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The Community Chest funding round for 2020/2021 is now open.

Community Chest funding supports voluntary and community groups who make a contribution to improving the quality of life for people in West Suffolk.

Funded activities must help deliver the Families and Communities Approach and Families and Communities Strategy and eligibility criteria apply. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £1,000. This funding can be for one off projects or revenue funds for services.

Please find guidance and application documents below. To discuss your application prior to submission please contact

Applications close at noon on Monday 30 September 2019.

Previous Community Chest Grant allocations

Previous Rural Initiatives Grants Scheme (RIGS) grant allocations

Further information

You can see our approach to funding illustrated in our Families and Communities funding approach diagram

For more information read our Families and Communities approach

Other funding sources

Home assistance grants

Funding is available from West Suffolk councils to assist families/residents to make safe, repair and improve their homes and we would like your help to engage with our communities.

We can assist in different ways, through Warmer Homes Healthy People or through the Home Assistance grant (HAG) to  help home owners carry out repairs and improvements to their homes to ensure that they are warm, weather proof or water tight, safe and secure and have reasonably modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.

To find out more, or to see if one of our other grants could help, see our Housing grants page.

Energy grants

For a wide range of grants and other assistance with energy-saving initiatives for businesses and community venues see the Green Suffolk website


Local Information: 


St Edmundsbury Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team
Ixworth Police Station
High Street


The station is open from 9.00 to 11.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In an emergency dial 999. If you want to contact your local police and when it is less urgent than 999 dial 101.

Remember 101 is the new number to use to contact the police to report less urgent crime and disorder, or to speak to your local officers. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


You can be in contact with the police to receive alerts on local crimes, scams and threats by accessing the Suffolk Police Website or Register Directly

You can register by telephone on 01473 613997

Recommended sites and contacts: Nextdoor Neighborhood:

Suffolk Constabulary:

Bury St Edmunds Police: facebook and Twitter - @BuryStEdsPolice Community Engagement Officer:

Police Connect:



Val Jackson handles the bookings. She lives in 3 The Green, Stanningfield.
TEL: 01284 827592


The MP for Bury St Edmunds is Jo Churchill

01284 752311



C/Cllr Karen Soons

Suffolk County Council home page:




D/Cllr Sara Mildmay-White

West Suffolk District Council home page: