Community Investment Grant applications

Community Investment Grant applications

You are at the heart of all the decisions we make as a business, and we want you to be able to engage with us and influence our services as much, or as little as you want.

It’s really important to us that we invest in our local communities. Did you know in 2022-23, £51,956.80 of grant funding was awarded to various community investment projects? This year, we want you to help us decide where this funding is spent.

When we receive a community investment grant (CIG) application, we want you to tell us whether you think we should support the local project or not.


  • Family Park Cooking Half Terms 2024

    Grant requested by: Abbeycroft Leisure

    Abbeycroft Leisure is a not-for-profit social enterprise registered as a charity, with all profits reinvested in their services. They manage 12 facilities on behalf of West Suffolk Council and Babergh District Council and have local reach in 10 communities across Suffolk.

    They develop and sustain initiatives that focus on improving the health and well-being of those communities.

    How much are they asking for: £5,000

    What will the grant be used for?

    Abbeycroft Leisure is applying for £5,000 to fund family cooking activities during half-terms. These activities will be held at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds or Bury Leisure Centre green space. Sessions will also be held in Newmarket, Mildenhall or Haverhill.

    The activity day will be a six-hour session centred around an outdoor cooking masterclass and outdoor activities (soft archery, bug hotel making, and orientation, to name a few). At the end of the session, the family will take home a food box that contains ingredients and recipes for five meals for four people.

    The Family Park Cooking project currently focuses on the most vulnerable children and families, Abbeycroft liaises with families of children identified by pupil premium support and free school meals, some of the poorest in society. They also invite families of children who are young carers, children in care, fostered children and children with disabilities, and those who are vulnerable and at risk of exploitation.

    They would like to expand the reach to working families suffering as the cost of living crisis develops and help provide skills to help manage costs around food.

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