Grant funding

Each year Bury St Edmunds Town Council awards grants of money to local groups and non-profit making organisations for projects and activities which directly benefit the people who live in Bury St Edmunds.

Grant funding is available for one-off funding which can be used to:

  • Help start a new group
  • Help fund a specific project or initiative
  • Help with the purchase of equipment (or similar)
  • Help develop skills.

The Grant Funding policy including the application form which must be completed can be download here.

Councillors also have Locality Budgets which enable them to give financial support to groups and organisations for projects in their particular Ward.  Click here to find out who to contact in your Ward.

Grants have been awarded to:




Bury Bach Choir Refurbishment of the choir's staging £4,000
Southgate Community Partnership Replacement of a partition wall with folding partition panels and replacement and refurbishment of the coffee bar in the main hall £19,705
St Edmundsbury Borough Council Programme of children’s summer activities in Nowton Park £16,000
Victory Sports Ground Community Interest Company To support cricket coaching in Bury St Edmunds primary schools this year £4,000
Ourburystedmunds BID To create a Christmas extravaganza in Charter Square throughout December 2017  £5,000
Mildenhall Road Estate Community Association To replace two air conditioning units in the main hall of the Anselm Community Centre £2,000
Bury In Bloom Lark and Linnet bollard trail leaflet £500
The Offshoot Foundation To fund a series of workshops focusing on teaching young people the basic skills involved in film-making  £1,000
Mentis Tree CIC T/as MTCIC To purchase 20 group room chairs and 8 counselling room chairs £1,982
Gatehouse Caring in East Anglia Revenue funding £2,000
St Nicholas Hospice Care To buy a mattress for Sylvan Ward  £2,700
Unit Twenty Three To take the play 'Freefall' into schools in Bury St Edmunds to help identify hidden young carers, to raise awareness of the unseen work that young carers undertake, and strengthen realationships between young carers, their schools and the relevant support agencies  £1,350
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) To provide equipment & training for SARS volunteers covering the Bury St Edmunds area over a twelve-month period with longer term benefits for the community  £8,000
Spinning Wheel Theatre - Youth Takeover Shakespeare workshops for children during the Easter holidays plus training for young people to facilitate them  £1,000
BECT Art Group Materials for an art group which will make individual 'diamonds' of stained glass/ceramic which will be joined together and displayed in St John's Church or Centre to commemorate its 175th anniversary  £1,000
My WiSH charity Costs of the Chinese New Year Celebration 2017 fundraising event £1500
Breathe Easy Costs of hiring Southgate Community Centre for monthly meetings £250
Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress To cover prizes in the minor section of the annual chess event in Bury St Edmunds £370
Abbeycroft Leisure/St Edmundsbury Borough Council Green gym for Moreton Hall to complement the recently opened 5k ‘Run/Walk Route’  £24,000
6th Bury St Edmunds (St Mary's) Scouts Cost of roof repairs and provision of a perimeter fence for the area used by the group at Hardwick Heath  £7,171
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Associate Artists Programme 2017 (£10,500) & Children's Festival 2017 (£15,500  £26,000
Bring Out Your Dead Productions

Towards the production of an original piece of drama to be presented at Moyse's Hall Museum between 27th and 29th October 2016

St Edmundsbury Borough Council/OurBuryStEdmunds Towards the costs of the 2016 St Edmund's Day celebratory dinner and to enable representatives from organisations who play a part in the wellbeing of Bury St Edmunds to be invited to attend £1,500
Destination Management Organisation (DMO) group Towards the cost of production of two videos to promote tourism in the Town £1,500
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service Towards running costs including replacement equipment and drugs for SARS Responders who cover the Bury St Edmunds area £500
OurBuryStEdmunds Towards the provision of an ice rink in the Town for the Christmas period £10,000
Bury St Edmunds Fairtrade Partnership Information leaflets to support re-accreditation of Fairtrade Town status with the Fairtrade Foundation  £230
St Edmundsbury Borough Council Programme of children’s summer activities in Nowton Park  £10,000
Bury Town Football Club Purchase new perimeter fencing £3,729
Southgate Community Partnership Purchase of 150 chairs £2,520
Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets Purchase a sailing dinghy and road trailer £2,500
Bury St Edmunds District Deaf Association New rear entrance door to enable disabled access to the building £1,000
Spinning Wheel Theatre Summer School Project £1,000
St Edmundsbury Cathedral Improve Access to the Quire by installing hand rails £2,130
OurBuryStEdmunds (BID BSE) Towards the cost of the temporary ice rink in Charter Square £3,000
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club Replace pitch safety barriers and perimeter fencing £4,188
The Guildhall Project Heritage Centre project £10,000
Saxongate Community Association To install two new lighting columns and one feeder pillar along the section of footpath known as 'the Butts' between Rockingham Road and Cullum Road £2,270
Catch 22, Suffolk Positive Futures To provide open acces to sports sessions for young people of Bury St Edmunds  £950
The Southgate Area Association Towards 20mph stickers for wheelie bins in the 20 mph zone £100

Not the Wenesday Group

Towards a pamper day and meal for members £250
The Bury St Edmunds Society To erect a plaque to the Zeppelin attacks on Bury St Edmunds in 1915-1916


Suffolk West Citizens Advice Bureau Upgrade PCs to Windows 7, purchase licences and memory upgrades


St Edmundsbury Cathedral

LiberTeas event (part of the national celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta)


Priors Estate Action Group

Priors Estate playground refurbishment and improvement project


St Edmundsbury Borough Council/Abbeycroft Leisure

Events in connection with the Women’s Cycle Tour in Bury St Edmunds on 16 and 17 June 2015



St Edmund ‘Wolf Trail’


Multicultural Women's Group

Advertising costs, projector & portable screen, flip charts, filing cabinet, amplifier, memory sticks, costs for guest speakers


Phoenix Rising 2031

Two laptops


Bury St Edmunds Samaritans

Installing a lift in new premises


Smith’s Row

‘Flowerheads' public planting project in the Abbey Gardens for Summer 2015


Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 Committee

Magna Carta commemorative pyramid of reclaimed Abbey stone set upon a stone plinth with appropriate inscription for siting in the Abbey Gardens


Avenues Group

Fortnightly leisure club for disabled


Bury St Edmunds Women's Aid Centre

One year pilot project to provide individual therapy sessions for child victims


St John Ambulance

Adult Airway Management Torso


The Athenaeum Club

Towards the repair and cleaning of the telescope in the observatory at the Athenaeum and the possible installation of a camera to enable the images to be viewed in the lower rooms


Memorial Garden Fund

Create a garden area within Abbey Gardens as fitting venue for Holocaust Memorial Day service


British Red Cross

Bariatric wheelchair


Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 celebrations

A specific project or element, preferably education, or a permanent commemoration of the event in the name of the Town Council


Royal British Legion

Glen Morrison Pipe Band for Remembrance Day Parade


Bury In Bloom

Six basket trees in Abbeygate Street

£3,900 annually