Community Grants

As part of our community grant scheme, these not-for-profit organisations have been successful in their
application for funding to support our identified target students to boost aspirations and
progression to higher education.

Red Rose Chain

Red Rose Chain Inspire

Awarded February 2018, Suffolk

Inspiring young people to enter higher education by creating exciting heritage and drama work. The programme has three elements each working with target students from schools in Ipswich:

  • a one-day production working with Director and professional actors
  • 2-hour intensive coaching workshops over three weeks to develop skills in creative writing and presenting their ideas
  • 2-hour intensive coaching over from April to November to research and develop an historical drama.

Damien Hirst at Houghton Education project

Awarded February 2018, Norfolk

An Arts Education programme to provide an opportunity to experience and engage with the Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall in West Norfolk.

The Sybil Charitable Trust

James Paget University Hospital

James Paget Health Academy

Awarded January 2018, Norfolk

A six-month programme for students from 14 to 18 to help learners find out about the opportunities available at the James Paget Hospital along with the potential to move into apprenticeship roles and progress into a range of careers.

Norfolk Young Carers - removing Barriers and raising aspirations

Awarded February 2018, Peterborough

A project targeting carers in years 9-12. Each will complete an individual transition plan to assess what stage they are at in making decisions about the next step on their educational journey. The plan is then used to determine support needed to increase chances of progressing to higher education.

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire

PhotoEast Schools Outreach

Awarded February 2018, Suffolk

PhotoEast is an event held in association with the University of Suffolk, and promotes excellence in photography. The project targets year 9 students at local Ipswich high schools to take part in a photography workshop as part of the festival and participate in a bespoke Photocopy Club.


Fording the Gap

Awarded February 2018 Suffolk

A six-week programme for students to gain work experience and training in the learning, collections and marketing teams. Each participant will create a plan for evaluation and culminate in a celebration event to share and embed learning and evaluation of their time at the Museum.

Museum of East Anglian Life

moving education closer to home

Awarded February 2018, Norfolk

The project involves African pupils in years 9-13 from an African background and aims to increase attainment to higher education through cross-linked activities such as literacy support, nurture activities, academic-focused activities, diversity training and parental support.

Norwich African Community Centre

The Sky's the limit

Awarded February 2018, Suffolk

Delivery of 'Sky's the Limit' seminars by guest speakers in target areas followed by 'personal branding' workshops. The seminars and workshops are supported by training for volunteer parents to act as parent champions.

Realise Futures CIC 

We can

Awarded November 2017, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A research project to examine the perceived barriers parents believe are preventing their children from progression to higher education. Read more...

Peterborough Council of Voluntary Service

it takes a village to raise a child

Awarded November 2017, Suffolk

Explores the information, advice and guidance needs of families and communities of secondary school students in Ipswich to progress to higher education. A set of parents' recommendations will follow the research.


Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality