Community benefit fund

The Leading Lives Community Benefit Fund awards grants to not for profit organsiations and community groups who share our vision to support vulnerable people to live the life they choose and to progress in life. 


Community Benefit Fund 2019

Funding Guidelines
Leading Lives is a social enterprise providing a range of high-quality supports to vulnerable people across Suffolk.  We support people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, complex needs, people with autism, older people, younger people in transition and family carers.

Our vision is to support vulnerable people to lead full and active lives.

In line with our social enterprise principles, we have established a Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and organisations who share our vision. Since 2013, we have allocated £80,000 to 37 local community projects.

What funding is available this year?
We will award grants for a minimum of £200 and a maximum of £3,000.

What will we fund?
For this year’s Community Benefit Fund we will award grants to projects that support the following themes:

  • Better health
  • Employment
  • Keeping safe
  • Transition (i.e. younger people moving into adulthood)

Criteria for awards - who will benefit
Linked to the above identified themes, this year’s Fund will be focused on suitable projects that support vulnerable adults, young people in transition and family carers in the geographical area in which our company operates. Ideally, we are looking for organisations that have not previously benefited from this fund, or if you have, any such application would need to be for a new / different project relevant to the identified themes. Particular priority will be given to bids which foster a partnership approach.

The fund will award grants to organisations – charities, community groups, voluntary groups. We will not fund individuals or commercial organisations.  We will award grants to charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations.

Application Process
Applicants will need to complete an application form to be considered for funding.  The application form will ask applicants to state:

  • Who will benefit
  • Outline of the project
  • The difference (outcomes) the project will make
  • Some indication of evidence of need
  • Funding required and what the funding will be used for specifically
  • Confirm their governance structure and that they are financially solvent
  • If they are working in partnership with other organisations

You will also have to complete a monitoring form to tell us how the project has gone.

An ‘on-line’ Application Form is available to download from our website.  Alternatively, please request a form from

The application period runs from 18th February to 31st March 2019.

How will I know if my application has been successful?
Grant applications will be considered by a panel made up of Leading Lives Board Members.  We will acknowledge receipt of your application and advise if your application has been successful or not. Grants will be awarded during April 2019.

Further information

Please contact:

Sam Hemmings
Marketing Co-ordinator

Telephone  (Mobile) 07515190344, or,



Tony Carr (Managing Director)

18th February 2019

Here some of the projects supported through the fund in recent years.

Organisation Project
Ace Anglia Video project to support people with LD to share their stories
Homestart - South Suffolk & District  Volunteer support for parents with learning disabilities
Ipswich Mencap Grant to support the purchase of disco equipment for fundraising discos and member social events
Suffolk Mind Funding to for dementia counselling for older people in rural areas across Suffolk
WASH Sailability Grant towards the cost of a specially adapted boat for people with disabilities and learning disabilities to learn to sail
Lofty Heights Grant towards the cost of de-cluttering services for people with learning disabilities and family carers
Suffolk Young People's Health Project Funding for specialist health advice for young people with learning disabilities or autism/ADHD
Poppies Care Farm Grant towards the cost of converting a tack room into toilet and rest area for Care Farmers working in the market garden areas
Suffolk Family Carers Contribution to the on-going costs of providing therapy based support for family carers in Suffolk         
Pathways Care Farm Grant towards the renovation of derelict farm buildings into facilities for Care farmers