Community Investment Grants – previous projects

Here you will find some more information about projects who have been successful in applying for to our community investment grant scheme.

We have had some really great project’s over the past few years, if you are thinking of applying to our community investment grant scheme, but aren’t sure how it can help, take a look at some of the project stories below.

  • Combat2Coffee

    In 2021, Combat2Coffee applied for a grant of £2,742.66 which they put towards improving the kitchen at their new location in Bury St Edmunds.

    Combat2Coffee is the brainchild of former Royal Anglian soldier Nigel Seaman. Having spent 12 years in the army before becoming a prison officer, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and sought professional help for his mental health. The support he received from veterans’ charities Combat Stress and Help for Heroes gave him a fresh lease of life, and he felt compelled to give something back to other former servicemen and women in his position.

    Major Ian Robinson, Nigel’s former regiment colleague and Combat2Coffee volunteer, explained: “He had the idea that if you sit and have a chat over a cup of coffee, you can work through some of your issues. It’s not rocket science, but simple ideas tend to work.”

  • Horringer Acorn project

    In 2020, Horringer pre-school applied for £10,000 to go towards their Horringer Acorn project which involved the construction of a purpose-built building allowing families to get involved in nature activities, support a sensory room, increase the capacity at the preschool as well as be able to host community events.

    Pre-School staff and families have been delighted with their new building, and it is delivering
    all its objectives in that area.

    Kirsten Goodwin who was involved with the project said:

    “Thank you so much again to Havebury for their grant, we are enormously grateful! The project would not have been possible without it – especially as it came at a crucial time for us, when we were deciding if we could afford to order the building in time for installation during the summer (and just before COVID hit!). The focus of their work now moves from delivering the building project to ensuring they get the best possible community value from the new building. This grant has enabled us to deliver a project that will make a meaningful difference to local residents for years to come.”

  • Hargrave church wall repairs

    In 2019, The Parochial Church Council of St Edmunds, Hargrave applied for a grant of £6,179 to complete works that would repair the east chancel wall of St Edmund church in Hargrave.

    The east wall was in imminent danger of collapsing which would of meant the church would have had to close to its parishioners and members of the community.

    Reverend Dr Simon Hill said:

    “The financing of the repair work has not only kepty St Edmund’s Church open, but given it a new sense of purpose, a vision that is being worked through with others in the community. And for this we are immensely grateful. With the completion of the building works, we can now look forward with renewed confidence.”

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